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  • Ready to join the Family Paws Team of professionals?

    March 9, 2017

    Family Paws Parent Educator Course is indented to help professionals who choose to use our licensed materials in consultations or to offer community education.  Our 13 week course is just the beginning of the support and learning we do together as a strong network of professionals dedicated to dog and baby/toddler dynamics. Our course for […]

  • Differences in appearance

    February 20, 2017

    We really encourage our families to increase their Dog Aware skills by becoming in tune with their dog’s subtle responses.  Ever notice a change in your dog’s behavior when someone approaches with a hat on?  Sunglasses?  Costumes?  What about kids running around in snow suits?  If you are expecting a baby to be visiting or […]

  • Lifting baby

    February 6, 2017

    Our dogs observe us all day long and when it is just we adults….they are quite used to our patterns of motion etc.  Once a baby arrives there are all sorts of odd looking actions that can cause dogs to become confused, excited or reactive in some way.  FPPE encourages families to know their dog […]

  • New parents & Cat naps. Practice & plan with your dog for safe snoozes.

    January 18, 2017

    It is easy to doze off when you are a very tired parent to a newborn.  Family Paws Parent Education programs encourage expectant families and caretakers of babies to have plan and PRACTICE.  Where will the dog be when….baby is in crib, bouncer, on playmate, in basinet, or even asleep on a sleeping parent. Our […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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