• Tragedies, children and dogs

    November 2, 2022

    This is a really important subject that we felt so strongly we needed to discuss and share.  Children and dog incidents in the news can be terrifying and create a great deal of concern and stress.  We hope to help provide information to decrease stress and increase safety.  We hope you find this podcast helpful! […]

  • Interactive Doggie Detective Page

    October 18, 2022

    Have you checked out our interactive Dog body language page? Here you can test your Doggie Detective® skills!  Check out the Ears, Eyes, Tail and Muzzle of the dogs and gather the clues to solve the puzzle.  What might they be feeling or indicating?  Should you pet, approach or leave alone?  We always suggest you ask […]

  • Interactive Body Language page

    October 18, 2022

    Have you checked out our super cool interactive Dog body language page?  Here you can become a Doggie detective® by looking at the ears, eyes, tail and muzzle!  Gathering the clues to solve the puzzle of how the dog may be feeling.  Check the page out and test your Doggie Detective® skills!  Let us know […]

  • Aggression in Dogs Conference 2022

    September 22, 2022

    After 3 years of not traveling I am super excited to be headed to Rhode Island for the Aggression in Dogs conference.  I am hoping to see many of you there.  I will be co presenting Boundaries and Bonds without Bites with Helen St. Pierre of Old Dogs Go To Helen and No Monkey Business […]

  • NEW! Body language PDF by Family Paws

    July 5, 2022

    Family Paws is dedicated to helping families and professionals increase their Dog aware skills.  Recognizing dog body language is a huge part of  dog aware skills.  I know that I felt I was quite familiar with dog body language when we adopted our first dog.  I might have even felt like a pro.  Honestly I […]

  • Your dog, your toddler. Prepare ahead!

    May 31, 2022

    You have done an awesome job preparing with your dog for a new baby in the home and NOW is the time to continue preparing with your dog for your toddler.  So often families feel that once a baby and dog are doing great with homecoming that there is not more to do.  This is […]

  • Doggone Crazy Board game for kids

    April 1, 2022

    Since 2003 I have had the pleasure of working alongside Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin to create tools and products that increase safety and communication between kids and dogs.  One of the coolest products Joan and Teresa created is the DOGGONE CRAZY board game. Such a brilliant and creative interactive way to help kids learn about […]

  • Doggie Detective

    April 1, 2022

    April is Dog Bite prevention month. Officially April 10-16.   I prefer to refer to it as Dog Aware month.  I absolutely want to prevent dog bites and have spent the last 20 years dedicated to this goal.  One of the hardest challenges over the years has been that as soon people hear dog bite […]

  • Success stations

    February 15, 2022

     We are super excited about our updated handout on success stations.  Many years ago I began referring to management options as Success Stations. When preparing with dogs for life with kids it is important that we have multiple ways to implement safe management.  Success stations was a positive approach that families felt good about.  A […]


    December 22, 2021

    Our support line receives many calls from very upset parents following a growl or dog bite.  As I listen through each voice message I am tuning into patterns throughout the calls. One pattern I noticed is how often parents would mention that the dog would lick the baby/toddler often.  They felt confused and betrayed as […]

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