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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. Or perhaps you have questions about bolstering the relationship between your children and dogs or and need overall support. Either way, we are glad you found us and want you to relax, grab a beverage and take some time to look around and learn how to prepare with your dog for life with a baby, toddler, and children! 

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.  For 20 years, I have been honored to support parents and professionals who have questions and sometimes 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.

We know the addition of children is an exciting time in a family’s life and one that can be filled with many unknowns. 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.   The 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.

Family Paws is here to support you every step of the way! So, whether you’re expecting, hoping to be expecting, or planning an adoption, we have the tools, resources, and services to provide your family with confidence and peace of mind as you enter into this exciting new chapter of your life. We are dedicated to the safest strategies based on relationship, trust and continued curiosity building.     We are glad you found us and are ready to support you and your family dog/s right away. 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.