Home to Stay by Kate James – Guest Post & Blog Tour Giveaway

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Home to Stay

by Kate James
Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s bringing his son home

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans’s son safely home is more than a job. It’s a mission she can’t fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist…


Shannon’s K-9 Tips


I’m thrilled to be visiting your blog today to celebrate the release of Home to Stay, the second of my three 2017 releases and the fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series!


Today, I would like share with you a few dog training tips I learned from Shannon. If you’ve connected with me on social media, you’ll know that Harley and Logan are sweet but can be mischievous, too, so I’ve taken Shannon’s recommendations to heart! (😊)


1.            Listen to Your Dog


Listen to and learn to understand your dog. For example, if your dog is uncomfortable doing something such as meeting another dog or person, don’t force him to do it. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and forcing him into it can results in bigger issues.


2.            Show Your Dog Affection


People can be quick to show their displeasure when their dogs do something they don’t like, but they aren’t always as demonstrative when pooch does something right. Your affection can be the most positive reinforcement you can use for desirable behavior, so don’t be stingy with it. Give your dog lots of attention when he’s doing the right things. Be generous with your attention and praise. Your dog thrives on it!


3.            Be Clear and Consistent


Dogs don’t respond well to ambiguity. When training your dog, involve all family members and make sure you use the same commands—clearly and consistently. Single word (or even single syllable) commands work best. If your dog jumps up on someone is the command “off?” Does someone else in your family say “down,” when you use “down” as the command to lie down? It’s also important to get family members to agree on what’s acceptable behavior. If you don’t want pooch on your sofa, make sure that someone else doesn’t encourage him to snuggle up with them there, when you aren’t around. Inconsistency either confuses or emboldens dogs. Most dogs are smart enough to remember if they got away with something they enjoyed once, and will test you, believing they might get away with it again. Consistency is critical to your success.


4.            Have Realistic Expectations


Changing behavior takes time. You need to be realistic about your expectations. Keep in mind that it’s also more difficult to train dogs to stop an unwanted behavior when they’ve been allowed to do it for an extended period of time. What might be cute for a puppy, might not be once your dog is full grown. Don’t let you puppy sleep on the sofa or jump up on people if you don’t want to them to do so later in life. It’s never too late to change the behavior, but some behaviors—such as those that are instinctual and those that your dog has become accustomed to—will take longer.


  1. Feed Your Dog a Healthy Diet


We have learned much about the impact on diet on our own health. A proper, nutritional and high-quality diet suited to the needs of your dog is no less important. The money you will spend on good quality food will reap benefits not only because of the health and prolonged life of your pooch, it will often pay dividends by saving you money on veterinary bills later in his life.


6.                     You’ll Get the Behavior You Reinforce


If your dog continues to do something you don’t like, it’s probably because you’ve reinforced it in some way in the past. For example, if your dog drops a ball at your feet and barks when he wants you to throw it, and you do to get him to be quiet, you’ll probably have trouble teaching him not to bark because you just reinforced the behavior. If you repeat the behavior he wants—for example throwing the ball when he bark—you’ll have taught him that if he barks he gets what he wants. Reward him only when he demonstrates desirable behavior, not as a bribe to have him stop undesirable behavior.


Once a new behavior has been learned, incorporate it into your everyday routine, and make it fun, when appropriate. You and your dog will have a stronger bond and enjoy quality time together as a result!

  1. A Few Essential Commands


Make sure you train your dog to consistently obey the most basic and essential commands. This will not only add to your enjoyment of each other but could save your pooch’s life. Here are the ones Shannon considers most important:

  • Stay (This one is especially important for police dogs, whose lives can and do depend on absolute obedience when faced with a life-endangering threat. It’s equally important for your pooch.)
  • Sit
  • Down (as in lie down)
  • Come
  • Leave it (Again an essential command to keep your dog safe, for example, if he smells something enticing but potentially dangerous on the ground.)

If you have a dog or are thinking of getting one, I hope you found Shannon’s tips helpful.


Now it’s your turn! Is there a tip you have found helpful in training your pets? Is there an important command Shannon missed?

It’s a pleasure to be visiting here today. You can connect with me by e-mail (readers@kate-james.com), through my website (www.kate-james.com), my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/katejamesbooks), Twitter (@katejamesbooks) or regular mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

I would love to hear from you.

Happy reading!


Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.


Tour Giveaway

Prize Pack:
· A gorgeous aqua cross-body bag;
· “Dreamer Extraordinaire” charm bookmark;
· signed copy of When Love Matters Most, the second book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series);
· signed copy of When I Found You, the third book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series;
· an assortment of bookmarks and bookplates; and
· a $20 Amazon gift card.
· (US/CAN – if winner lives elsewhere, will receive ebooks & gift card instead)

Signed Books:

· Six winners who comment on any of the blog posts, will receive a signed book (US/CAN) of their choice from the first three books in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, When the Right One Comes Along, When Love Matters Most, or When I Found You.Ends July 18th


  1. Kate James says:

    Thank you for welcoming me to your blog, Kathy, to celebrate the release of HOME TO STAY!

  2. #4 is true. Our dog was 8 months old when we got her. We told her she wasn’t allowed on the couch. She assured us she was. She won. We did hold firm that although she’d slept with her former owners, she wasn’t allowed on our bed, so I never see her there. She does, however, jump on it and rearrange the pillows when we’re not around, in silent protest.

  3. I love these kind of books. Critters and their partners make for some very interesting reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Dogs are a big part of our family. So I love books with animals in them.

    • Kate James says:

      They are a huge part of our family, too, Kathleen. We couldn’t imagine our lives without them. Thank you for stopping by, and good luck with the giveaway!

  5. I haven’t had a dog in years, since I was in my early 20’s. But, I do love reading books with them in it! Dogs are great companions!

  6. Kate James says:

    Kathy, thank you once again for welcoming me to you your blog to help me celebrate the release of HOME TO STAY.

    Happy reading!