Frequently Asked Questions
Does Smile! promote a particular style of training? 

No. The recommendations in this book complement all training styles!

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Does Smile! promote a particular trainer or training celebrity?   No.

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Is Smile! a for-profit endeavor? 

100% of book sales proceeds go to canine rescue and Safe Harbor Farm's SMILE! Project which donates books to public libraries and prison libraries with dog training programs.

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Does Smile! utilize positive reinforcement?   Yes!

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What underlies the basis of Smile!s approach? 

Decades of living with and learning from large groups of dogs, twenty-four/seven.

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Why was Smile! written? 

Smile! was written at the request of veterinarians, veterinary staff, shelter personnel, dog rescuers and trainers (all Learning "DOG" Conference attendees), to give dog-owners an easy-to-understand glimpse into what motivates their dogs, so they can shape the behavior they want.

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Does Smile! include lesson plans? 

Not really... Smile!s approach is one that you can take moment-to-moment, and that is what makes it both simple and powerful.

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What is Smile! about?

Smile! discusses the benefits of well-thought-out routines; calm, confident energy, and a good working knowledge of certain concepts, including association, body language and movement. Since it combines canine and human psychology in a very practical manner, it would be fair to call it "self-help and happiness for dog-lovers."

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Is Smile!s author available for private training? 

Dr. Swanson is retired from both the practice of veterinary medicine and public training. She occasionally helps local shelters, rescues and
libraries with events.

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Any volume discounts available?

Everyone is entitled to a "buy-5-get-1-free" discount.

Retailers, veterinary clinics and shelters should call 252 422-0943 for wholesale information.

Retailers can also purchase Smile! through Ingram.

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Who is Lynne Swanson, DVM?

Dr. Lynne is the person most responsible for the routines and policies that make Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center (in coastal North Carolina) a notably peaceful, supportive (and fun) place to be a dog in transition. With a background that includes work as a veterinarian (Cornell University, 1986), veterinary technician, trainer, shelter worker and long-time rescuer, she has spent most of her fifty-plus years living and working with groups of twenty to forty dogs at a time.

Dr. Lynne's first book, "Learning DOG," helps shelter personnel, rescuers, veterinary staff and trainers in seven countries, and she is proud to be part of an educational effort that recognizes the many things humans can learn from their canine companions, when we take the time. 

Dobermans and Chihuahuas are two of her favorite breeds. 

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