Children’s eBook Discusses Bringing a Pet Into Your Lives | One-Eyed Leo by Dog Internet of Things

Animal Innovations Show - Episode 70 - One-Eyed Leo by Dog Internet of Things

Children’s eBook Discusses Bringing a Pet Into Your Lives | One-Eyed Leo by Dog Internet of Things

Is your child asking for a dog?

It might be high time to read to them a copy of “One-Eyed Leo” by Dog Internet of Things.

A children’s eBook, “One-Eyed Leo” is the first publication that tests out the resolve of youngsters to have a four-legged companion in the house. What’s great about it is that it takes the situation head-on without dealing emotional damage to your kids.

children's ebook one-eyed leo by dog internet of things discusses bringing pets into your life

According to Ciaran Walsh, who is the founder of Dog Internet of Things and a dog trainer by profession, one of the major issues they try to address through the electronic children’s book is the notion of responsible ownership.

“Every time I went to a rescue shelter, it kept coming up… [But I realized that] responsible ownership is like a love story. It means something different to everybody… [And after spending] about two years asking possibly 300 experts…the most unusual answer I got is this: ‘Who should you be asking the question to?’ And the answer to that was your six- to 10-years-olds.”

Laying the Groundwork for “One-Eyed Leo”

After discussing with a plethora of pet experts, including dog trainers, rescue shelter managers, volunteers, vets, dog groomers, pet food producers, and even dog nutritionists, Ciaran came to the realization that approximately 80% of new dog adoptions are made by families with kids between the ages of six and 10.

He observed,

“This is where ill-informed adoptions and totally irresponsible decisions are made. The way this generally works is… a six-year-old has finished kindergarten and then suddenly goes into the next school… The moment comes when the child says, ‘Oh, my friend Joe down the road has a dog in his house. Now, I’m being discriminated against and my civic rights are being abused. I’m the only one in my class without a dog. How soon can I get one?’ Now, the parents suddenly have this horrible situation where this is a high-risk question.”

children feels emotional conflict towards their parent

From Ciaran’s point of view, what makes the situation dangerous is that should the parents say no, it may bring emotional damage and child-parent conflict. On the other hand, if they say yes, it might result in ill-informed adoptions.

“So, you’ve got a six-year-old who has suddenly realized what pure social pressure is about without having any tools or any way to address it. And you have a parent who has never actually had questions like this,”

Ciaran added.

To help the parents and the children facing this unfamiliar circumstance, Ciaran came up with the idea to create a children’s eBook that discusses the notion of bringing a pet into their lives.

Learning Responsible Pet Ownership from “One-Eyed Leo”

In Ciaran’s own words, “One-Eyed Leo” is a love story between a one-eyed disabled dog in a rescue shelter and two children between the ages of six and ten.

one-eyed leo teaches responsible dog ownership in kids

One thing that makes it unique from other dog-related books is that Leo, the dog protagonist, takes the reins and tells the children what type of home he wants to move into. He comes out with his own terms and conditions, like any CEO or any HR manager.

“On the left side of the page, you have the engagement between the children and Leo. And then on the right side of the page, there’s a page for the adults to read to the children. So, this is really a children’s book that adults read to children. It’s not a child’s book that the adults would give to the children.”

“One-Eyed Leo” also comes with an explanation of the science and history of dog training. It also includes learning tasks for the children.

This way, they get an idea of the detail of responsibility it takes to care for a pet. These include how to timetable a dog, how to potty-train them, how to avoid accidents in the house, and how to react when accidents do occur.

children training their dog

With advice and suggestions from over 300 experts, the book aims to bring the intention of six- to 10-year-old children through the process.

“Quite simply, there’s no pressure from the children because they’ve read the book or they’ve decided, ‘No, this isn’t for us’ or ‘This isn’t for us this year; maybe next year’ or whatever. And that’s absolutely fine. The big investment for anybody who’s looking at this book is you get yourself out of an emotional fix. You have a child who knows to educate themselves and understand how to manage a complex project… [After all] you’re talking about a 10- to 15-year management of a living entity,”

Ciaran said.

 

 

Learn more about One-Eyed Leo by Dog Internet of Things!

Visit their website at https://www.thedoginternet.com/.

Or get the book here!

 

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Ciaran: My name is Ciaran Walsh from Dog Internet of Things, and you are tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Awesome introduction, Ciaran. So, thank you for coming on. I’m really excited to talk to you, tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Ciaran: And I’m a dog trainer by profession.

And I said before that, I worked in the financial world, sort of late into the game. I’ve only been a dog trainer for about 6 years.

So, one of the major issues when you talk to anyone in the dog world, dog trainers— is this notion of responsible ownership.

Chris: Yeah.

Ciaran: And every time I went to a rescue shelter, it kept coming up. And so I said, “Well, what does that actually mean?”

And responsible ownership is like a love story. It means something different to everybody. So, I spent about two years asking possibly 300 experts from—the entire spectrum, so that you’re talking about dog trainers, rescue shelter managers, volunteers, vets, dog groomers, pet food producers, dog nutritionists.

Very simple question. What does responsible ownership actually mean to you?

Chris: Yeah.

Ciaran: And the most unusual answer I got is: That’s not the question, it’s who you should be asking the question to, and the answer to that was your 6 to 10 year old. That’s where the question should be asked.

The way this generally works is—you have a family with a 6 to 10-year-old. And very often the six-year-old has finished kindergarten and then suddenly going into the next school, and their parents meet other parents and abracadabra— This moment comes when the child says, “Oh, my friend Joe down the road has a dog in his house.” Now, I’m being discriminated against, and my civic rights are being abused.

Right.

I’m the only one in my class without a dog. How soon can I get one? Now, the parents suddenly have this horrible situation where— This is a high-risk question. If we say no, there’s emotional damage. If we say yes, well, what the hell are we doing? We never had a dog before.

This is the one question that causes all the canine misery, and the rescue shelters being fall, the high numbers being euthanized.

This one simple question. And it’s been happening for years and years.

Now, the danger is, how do you avoid the emotional damage? So the One-eyed Leo book takes this question head-on, and it does it in a very subtle way.

So, to begin with, the book is really a love story, and it’s a love story about—it’s a love story between, a one-eyed disabled dog in a rescue shelter, and two children between the ages of 6 and 10.

Now, the difference with this and any other dog who’s out there is— Leo, the dog tells the children:  what type of home he wants to move into. So, he comes out with his terms and conditions, like any CEO or any HR manager to say: “Well, we will recruit you, but these are terms and conditions.”

“And please read through them before you sign on the dotted line.”

The idea is that the children don’t rush into things, but they have to read the love story on the left side of the page, on the left side of the page—you have the engagement between the children and Leo.

And then on the right side of the page, there’s a page for the adults to read to the children. So, this is really a child’s book that adults read to children. It’s not a child’s book that the adults would give to the children.

So, on the right side of the page, there’s a sort of a narrative that expands on the love story. Every step in the book, the children take on, if you like the romance of the idea of having a dog in the house, and then that romance goes into the detail of responsibility.

And in our focus groups, about 6 months ago, we found about 30, 40% of the children stopped after chapter 4 or 5, and said, “Oh, it was a good idea at the beginning, but we didn’t realize we’ve all this work to do.”

Chris: Yeah, it’s a lot of work.

Ciaran: Yeah, exactly. A lot of work. And the beauty here is, the parents have not made the decision. The child has made the decision.

Chris: So, it seems like you’ve got a lot of research. And like you said, about 50 different people, had a hand in pulling this together.

So, what’s the hope? What’s the objective for this massive effort.

Ciaran: A series of objectives, and basically, as this built, became sort of very clear where the entire system is, and where the weakest link is and we’re trying to remove the weakest link, to collapse a social evil and a social problem.

Chris: I love the focus of this.

I love the fact that it’s obviously about rescues and shelters. I’m really excited to see where this is going. It sounds like you got big plans.

So, where can people go and learn more about the book, and purchase the book, Ciaran?

Ciaran: Okay, at the moment, it’s on our website,  which is Dog Internet of Things, That’s all, one word— DOGINTERNETOFTHINGS.COM

We have one outlet in the States at the moment, which is: Morty’s Bark and Brew. That’s in New York, Air Gustafson, and has a fantastic project there.

We have a few outlets coming at the moment, but I am asking anybody in the pet dog industry, that has a website, I would like to take this on to do so.

Chris: I think it’s awesome, I think I’m excited to be able to talk to you, and be able to share this, and we’ll certainly link to it and do what we can.

And as we wrap things up, I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners, that if you got an amazing idea like, Ciaran did, with all of the supporters that helped them, we’d love to feature you on the show, just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’ll get you on the show and talk about it.

So, thanks again, Ciaran, for coming on. I really appreciate it.

Ciaran: Thank you, Chris.

Thank you.

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