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Welcome to Family Paws!

Dogs, babies, toddlers, and families!  That is what we are all about here at Family Paws.  Chances are, if you are here, you or someone you know is expecting or adopting a baby sometime in the future. Or maybe you have a baby who is growing and changing, and you want to make sure they and your family dog are comfortable and safe. You might be worried or concerned about some behaviors you have seen or just want to put your mind at ease by talking with an expert.  We are here for you.  Which means you can reach out to an expert any time to put your mind at ease and set up a plan for success right away.  

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Meet Jennifer

I’m Jennifer Shryock, the founder of Family Paws. Dogs and babies are my passion and have been since 2002. As a Mother of four children, I have a duo degree in Special Ed/El Ed,  Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and Licensed Family Dog Mediator, I understand firsthand how important it is to feel prepared and comfortable as you ease into parenthood with family dogs included.  I also understand the worry and anxiety that comes with change and wanting all to go well.  For 20 years, I have been honored to support parents and professionals who have questions and often concerns about dog and baby safety and dynamics. Having pioneered this important niche, I have had the privilege of mentoring hundreds of dog professionals about this very important specialty. Many of these professionals have chosen to become a part of Family Paws by becoming licensed Family Paws Parent Educators. Which means there is a team of very talented professionals ready to support you and your family towards success.




We know the addition of children is an exciting time in a family’s life and one that can be filled with many unknowns and concerns.  We also understand you want the most qualified professionals to support your family during this life-changing time. Rest assured: You have come to the right place!  Our goal is to increase safety and decrease stress through positive, practical real-life strategies as well as to provide education to support you and your family dog.   Our goal is to strengthen your Dog Aware skills and prepare with your dog for life with children.  We are dedicated to positive solutions for busy lives.  Our licensed educators are dedicated to positive training techniques and relationship building and are ready to answer your questions and support you. Reach out to us today and let’s get started!




Family Paws is dedicated to creating dog aware generations.

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Experience & History

Jennifer Shryock founded Family Paws in 2002 due to a lack of information and resources for families with dogs and young children. Family Paws has been supporting new and expecting families for almost 20 years — making us the leading experts in dog and baby/toddler dynamics!

Our Licensed Educator Team

Our network of Family Paws Parent Educators provides families across the country (and the world) with access to dog professionals in their area who have been trained in our unique methodologies. Unlike typical animal trainers or behaviorists, our Educators understand the complexities of child/dog behavior and the grey areas that can arise when trying to make the best decisions for your family members — whether they have two legs or four. 

With professional support and guidance, our Educators help ease your transition from pet parent to parent with pet, and offer ongoing support and programs that grow with your baby. Because a happy childhood filled with a dog’s love is one of the best experiences you can give. 

Through resources, courses, and our network of Educators, we’re here to guide you every step of the way!




Every Young Family Needs a Support System.

Find a Family Paw’s Educator near you and get the support you need to safely and happily raise your dogs and children, together.