Welcome to Family Paws!

Welcome to Family Paws! Chances are, if you are here, then most likely you are expecting a baby in your family sometime in the future, and you have questions. We are glad you are here and want you to feel comfortable as you look around and learn how to prepare with your dog for life with a baby/toddler and children! We know your dog means everything to you, and we understand how important it is that this transition goes smoothly. For 20 years we have been honored to support families like you who have questions and sometimes concerns. We understand, and together we will navigate this special time. Your dog is a huge part of your family, and we know you want everything to go well. You have enjoyed and shared so much already together, daily walks, snuggles on the couch, and long loving looks into their puppy-dog eyes have bonded you for life. Your dog is always there with you through the tough times and those joyful moments.

One of the biggest transitions you may experience with your dog is the excitement and changes that come with the addition of children to your family. We know how important it is to do all you can to prepare ahead for success. We are here to offer support and knowledge based on 20 years of specializing in dog and baby, dog and toddler dynamics. Having a plan that keeps things running smoothly is key to lasting safety and happiness in your home. It is never “too soon” to prepare ahead! So, whether you’re expecting, hoping to be expecting, or planning an adoption, Family Paws has the tools and plan to help you prepare with your dog right away!!
Since 2002, Family Paws has been dedicated to providing resources and educational programs that increase safety and decrease stress for dog families and the professionals who support them.  We are glad you found us and are ready to 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.