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.

 

Bethany Cunningham, 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.

 

Remi Kawood, Social Media & Communications Specialist

Remi Kawood is a communications and social media contractor with almost a decade of experience. She began her communications contracting career in Hawaiʻi, where she is originally from helping well-known individuals, fitness businesses, local visitor attractions, and local non-profits.

She is proud to have been a component of the public relations team who managed media the day of the send-off for the Hawaiʻi canoe, Hōkūleʻa, and its Worldwide Voyage, Mālama Honua. The Hōkūleʻa is a double-hulled canoe that traditionally (using the stars, sea, the Earth’s elements) sailed around the world. Remi is also happy to have assisted a Hawaiʻi non-profit grow itʻs flagship public television series social media audience to more than 10k followers.

She currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and two dogs, a Belgian Malinois and Samoyed. She works with her Malinois in agility and scent work with the hopes of trialing in agility someday soon! She is strongly committed to encouraging healthy relationships between dogs and their families.

 

Debra L. Murray, Curriculum Developer & Creative Consultant

Debra L. Murray is the Owner of Smartypaws LLC Dog Training and Family Education in Lee’s Summit, MO. As a valedictorian graduate from Michigan State University with a BS in Education, Debra has been teaching people and training dogs for decades. She served as a Program Director and Evaluator for a Missouri non-profit therapy dog organization and is a licensed Educator for Family Paws Parent Education, an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, and Professional Member of Heartland Positive Dog Training Alliance.

As an animal lover, mom, and former schoolteacher, Debra is passionate about developing fun and innovative ways to equip families for raising dogs and children together safely. Alongside her husband of 20+ years, Debra has raised 3 children with numerous pets. Currently, they have 2 young Golden Retrievers and a Dutch rabbit they lovingly call BunBun. To learn more about Debra, go to smartypaws.net or follow Smartypaws LLC on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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