Wendy Lyons Sunshine is author of TENDER PAWS: How science-based parenting can transform our relationship with dogs, coming in 2024 from HCI Books/Recorded Books. TENDER PAWS reveals how evidence-informed techniques that help at-risk kids can also help dogs.

TENDER PAWS was inspired by Wendy’s struggle with a difficult puppy and her work with child development experts on The Connected Child, an award-winning classic that has been translated into multiple languages, and Raising the Challenging Child, a 5-star parenting resource.

Wendy contributes to a range of publications, from PsychologyToday.com to specialized outlets like Ophthalmology Management and AORN Journal. An award-winning journalist and experienced editor, she’s led technical writing teams, managed lifestyle magazines, and assists behind the scenes at Positively.com, International Fund for Animal Welfare and other fine organizations.


♦ First Place, Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print, Society of Environmental Journalists
♦ First Amendment Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth
♦ Second Place, Business Reporting, Lone Star Award, Houston Press Club
♦ Certificate of Excellence, Press Club of Dallas
♦ Outstanding Book of the Year, American Society of Journalists & Authors


♦ Masters of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication, environmental science cognate, University of North Texas; Teaching Fellow; Research Fellow.
♦ Bachelor of Arts in English and studio art, honors, phi beta kappa, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
♦ FDM®, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional