• 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 […]

  • New LOGO same Passion!

    November 17, 2021

    There is always so much going on behind the scenes with Family Paws!  Honestly it is awesome, exhausting and amazing all at once! The bottom line though is it is really an honor and humbling to be able to support new and expecting families worldwide!   I always said I would work with kids and […]

  • 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!

  • Don’t Scare Be Dog Aware!

    October 2, 2018

    Halloween is a fun time for those who choose to participate..  Not all kids enjoy this spooky night nor do dogs.  Be respectful and considerate.  Here are some great tips! Follow us on instagram #familypawsofficial and facebook  

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