About Our Team

Jennifer Shryock, Founder, B.A. CDBC

Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), owner of Family Paws™ LLC in Cary, NC and holds a degree in Special Education. Jennifer is also former VP of Doggone Safe a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support.    Jennifer also has proudly served on the board member of the International Childbirth Education Association.  A recognized expert on dog and baby/toddler interactions and safety, Jennifer has written and spoken extensively about these topics. Her two programs, Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ have been featured in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart LIVING along with many TV and radio appearances.

In 2000 The Shryock family adopted their first German Shepherd Rescue dog.  Subsequently Jennifer became involved with the rescue organization as a counselor and trainer finding herself supporting families with babies or young children who, overwhelmed by the challenges of their situation, were often on the verge of surrendering an otherwise beloved dog.

As a Mother, dog behavior consultant and teacher…Jennifer recognized a need for support and education for these families and began building resources for new and expecting families through her own business Family Paws. A consistent need for this specialized service led to the creation of the highly endorsed international program Dogs & Storks® for expecting and adopting families and then years later Dogs & Toddlers™, for families with babies 3 months of age and up. All of these passions and ideas have led to the creation of Family Paws™ Parent Education now offering programs all of the United States, Canada and beyond! Jennifer has mentored and supported hundreds of dog trainers all over the world and continues to support families in her community and beyond.
Jennifer lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband, 4 children, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.

Program development & course instructor

Bethany Cunningham, CPDT-KA is a mom, professional dog trainer, and professional photographer. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with a focus on behavior modification in pet dogs. Bethany has a deep love of animal behavior, child development, and visual arts, and is delighted by the fact that her multiple roles with Family Paws Parent Education bring all of those passions together. Bethany finds great joy in helping families succeed through relationship-building, empathetic practices for both dogs and children alike, and brings that enthusiasm to Family Paws both in her role with program development and as a co-instructor for the Family Paws Educator course. To learn more about Bethany, you can go to www.trainingbyconnection.com, or can view her portfolio at www.bethanyrosephoto.com.

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Our professionals have chosen to specialise in dog and baby/toddler dynamics. We are the trusted and highly endorsed program requiring that all of our dog professional participate in specialised ongoing training.