• Dog and baby on the scene….parent in between!

    October 29, 2018

    Examples of Full Awake ACTIVE supervision! Every dog and parent professional says Supervise dogs and kids, especially babies.  What does that really mean?  Here are some examples of Full active supervision.  To see more of what Family Paws means by supervision check out our handout here. Dog & Baby on the scene….a parent in between!

  • Dogs do not love ALL kids… Really?

    September 4, 2018

    Many people believe their dog “Loves all kids” and make this generalization. This, in fact, is usually far from the real experience of the dog. Dogs that accept older children (like in photo left) might not feel comfortable with unsteady toddlers. The unpredictability of toddlers may make dogs uneasy. The frequency of child visits and exposure to […]

  • Kiss to Dismiss- Not all licks are the same.

    January 7, 2018

    Our hotline gets many calls from concerned families who have experienced growling or a bite from their family dog.  In the description often they will mention how the dog always licked the child.  They are confused by why the dog would be “kissing” (a human form of affection and then biting?  This is why I […]

  • Sit on the GROUND not the hound! Yep…it needs to be said!

    October 1, 2016

    Many people laugh when they see my stickers….sit on the ground not the hound.  This is NO joke.  Some think it is so obvious it need not be said.  Sadly many people think this is ok.  Or they know it is not a good idea but if the dog does not growl or bite…then he […]

  • Become Dog Aware™and supervise with care!

    April 28, 2016

    We all have heard the advice SUPERVISE CHILDREN AROUND DOGS!  Ok….so what does this really mean?  Is it that simple?  I thought it was until I become Dog Aware™.  Now I approach supervising differently! Here are two pictures of my children and dogs from many years ago.  I was supervising.  Right?  I supervised their hugging, free-touching, […]

  • Carry a doll? Should we practice?

    April 22, 2016

    “Friends suggested that we carry a baby doll around to help prepare our dog for baby.  Is this really necessary?” Great question!  This is a very common recommendation and many families feel very silly or uncomfortable with this type of “role play.”   Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) does recommend activities that help parents to learn more […]

  • Dog tucks in baby?

    September 28, 2015

    Headline reads- Adorable dog tucks baby in to sleep. Is this dog “tucking baby in?” The gentle nudging of the blanket to cover a newborn can be heartwarming but also misleading. It is often hard for new parents to remember that their family dog is still a DOG.   They are not relating to their baby […]

  • It won’t happen to me….

    July 2, 2015

      I am so grateful to have had the opportunty to attend the annual Postpartum Support International Conference again this year. As someone who was personally touched by postpartum depression and anxiety I can not express how excited I feel each time I hear new research and learn of more support for families. I was […]

  • Babywearing vs. Strollering

    May 22, 2015

    ­Babywearing vs. Strollering: Considerations when dog walking with babies Up until the birth of our daughter last year, our two Shepherd-ish dogs enjoyed walks on a regular basis, pretty exclusively with me. For years beforehand I would wake up hours before going to work (to my job as a fulltime dog walker) & take each […]

  • Education IS prevention

    May 17, 2015

    This week is national dog bite prevention week. This week take time to learn about dog body language. The more you know about how a dog communicates with subtle gestures the better you will be able to respond appropriately. As a parent this is VERY important. Not only will you increase safety for your child […]

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