Welcome to Family Paws!

We understand how much your dog is a part of your family. All of those daily walks, snuggles on the couch, and long 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 your dog may experience with you is the excitement and changes that come with the addition of children to your family.  Don’t worry!  This is where we are here to offer our support.  You may feel overwhelmed or have questions, we are here to help!  Having a plan that keeps things running smoothly is key to lasting safety and happiness in your home. And the earlier you start the better! 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!! 

Family Paws is here to help you make the transition from dog parent to baby parent with dog. 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.  


There are a million things for parents to worry about. Having to rehome your dog shouldn’t be one of them.

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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.