Discover your inner pet parent—and benefit from the latest findings in child development, attachment, sensory integration, neurobiology, learning, and trauma—in Tender Paws: How Science-Based Parenting Can Transform Our Relationship with Dogs, new from HCI Books in 2024!

With humor and full of illustrative cases that pack an emotional punch, Tender Paws introduces the foundational “HEARTS” practices used by parenting experts that can help us bring out the best in a puppy or dog:

H = Heal the body
E = Engage and optimize the brain
A = Appropriate environments with felt safety
R = Respectful and secure relationships
T = Teach sensitively and positively
S = Support the individual

Readers say:

  • “I love this book! … This is no ordinary training manual! …  I highly recommend this book, and I know dogs everywhere will too.” — Andrew Hale, founder Dog Centred Care
  • “…fully deserves to sit next to Patricia McConnell and Jean Donaldson on your bookshelf.” — 5-star Amazon review
  • “… lots of positive, gentle methods …especially helpful for people who are getting new puppies or adopting traumatized rescue dogs.” — Dr. Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make us Human: Creating the best life for animals
Raising the Challenging Child

The leaders of Chaddock Family Services and Residential Treatment Center in Quincy, IL, share 30 time-tested strategies for reaching and helping kids in RAISING THE CHALLENGING CHILD: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation.

Readers say:

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family

THE CONNECTED CHILD: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family is written in collaboration with the founders of the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development and is a perennial Amazon bestseller.


  • ASJA Outstanding Book of the Year
  • Translated into multiple languages
  • Over 350,000 copies sold
  • Over 2,400 5-star reviews on Amazon
  • “An extremely useful parenting handbook… truly outstanding … strongly recommended.”   
    Library Journal (starred review)”
  • A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike.” 
    Thomas Atwood, president and CEO, National Council for Adoption