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.

An award-winning journalist and experienced editor, Wendy has led writing teams and contributed to scores of publications. She blogs for PsychologyToday.com and assists behind the scenes at Positively.com, International Fund for Animal Welfare and other 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