• Was it good for you?

    January 28, 2014

    A question that we want to always consider when engaging with our dogs.  We want to always be sure our interaction is not only good but comfortable for our dogs.  After seeing some videos where dogs clearly were not enjoying the interactions their humans were involved in…I felt it would be a good time to […]

  • Which gate??

    January 24, 2014

    When setting up a “success station” we want to be sure that wherever we put the dog, they will be secure and not disturbed.  We also want to be sure that the dog is unable to open or escape this area without an adult knowing. I have used many types of gates over the years […]

  • What is a “Success Station?”

    January 17, 2014

    What is a success station?  Well, it is a silly phrase I found myself saying during consultations with families preparing for a baby.  Crate, gate, rotate & separate are included in “success stations.”  It is not uncommon for people to feel reluctant to reintroduce a crate or any type of separation.  I wanted a pleasant […]

  • My dog loves my baby…he always licks him!

    January 13, 2014

    “My dog loves my baby…he always licks him!” This is a comment from parents that will trigger me to ask many questions they may find silly such as: Describe the licks for me…are they fast, slow, quick and then dog moves away? Is it a full tongue or tiny bit? Full lick or quick flick? […]

  • Crawling babies….conflicted dogs

    December 11, 2013

    Crawling babies…conflicted dogs The most frequent call we receive is regarding newly mobile babies.  This hour long webinar will cover reasons why this stage can be so challenging for both parents and dogs.  We will also cover what to consider and tips for success. Here are some of the comments we hear most often. We […]

  • President Obama’s dog Sunny…being a dog.

    December 5, 2013

    I had to chuckle as I read the headlines highlighting Sunny’s doggie behavior.  I have a 1-½ year old large breed puppy and a 4 year old.  I know how easily excited dogs this age can become and how quickly they can knock a child over without meaning to.  Dogs this age are curious and […]

  • Relationships take TIME & TRUST!

    November 20, 2013

    In the last couple of months I have seen a shift in the comfort level between Bailey and Kelsyann. Bailey was uncomfortable when we brought Kelsyann home as a newborn. He avoided coming close and observed from a distance. We began specific activities with Bailey while holding Kelsyann. One of the activities we began was […]

  • Fall fun & Discounts!

    October 16, 2013

    Fall is here!  A crispness in the air and slight chill is wonderfully refreshing.  Now is the time for outdoor activities with leaves, pumpkins and of course Halloween.  Here is a reminder about Halloween safety and fun.   Fall also means my Birthday!  I want to celebrate by offering our Dogs & Storks DVD for […]

  • When families need help NOW!

    September 30, 2013

    Today I was reminded how important the Dog & Baby support hotline.  Each month we receive more and more calls to our hotline from parents who are reaching out for help with their family dogs.  Today’s call really meant so much to me as the situation is not at the point of no return.  It […]

  • Meet Neika Smessaert

    September 26, 2013

    Why did you choose to become involved with Family Paws Parent Education programs? 1.  I chose to become a presenter after attending an educational conference focusing on the increase in dog bites in our country.  I was so moved by some of the statistics that I knew this was an area of training that I […]

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