• The Family Dog

    December 7, 2022

       The Family Dog offers great programs for families who have dogs and kids or who are looking to add a dog to their home with children.  This program differs from Family Paws in that it is aimed at older children and includes children in the activities.  I can not say enough about all that […]

  • Christmas puppy?

    December 6, 2022

     Many parents are asked with pleading eyes for a Christmas puppy. “Mom, please can we get a puppy for Christmas?”   Justine, Kim and I discuss the good and the realistic about puppies as gifts.   Why there is such pressure for families and the concerns.  You can listen in to our lively conversation in […]

  • 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 […]

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