For Dog Professionals



Interested in Becoming a Family Paws Parent Educator?

Are you a dog professional who feels a bit uncomfortable when it comes to consults involving babies, toddlers and dogs?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed or intimidated about providing the best possible support and advice to families with babies or toddlers?  You are not alone!  This niche is super important and often complex as it involves many changing dynamics.  Would you like to increase your knowledge and comfort regarding dog-and-baby/toddler dynamics?  Why wait any longer? Family Paws offers our foundation course to dog professionals who have chosen and been approved to become a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator.   This opportunity is much more than a course.  It is a commitment to being an active part of the Family Paws Educator referral network and staying up to date with Family Paws materials and information.    We offer this opportunity 3 times a year.

Now accepting applicants for 2023!  Please be sure to read the overview to be sure that you understand our requirements and that this is the right match for you.  

Tuesday January 10- April 4 Noon-1pm EST  FILLED
Tuesday May 2- July 25 Noon to 1pm EST. OPEN
Tuesday August 22- November 14 Noon-1pm EST OPEN


Here is why Debra became a Family Paws Parent Educator.

Why choose to become part of the Family Paws Parent Education team?

  • Boost your marketing reach by offering dog and baby/toddler specific services
  • Increase the credibility and visibility of your business by being associated with a recognized and highly endorsed International program.
  • Receive a field-tested presentation created by an expert in dog and baby/toddler dynamics.
  • Save time and increase your effectiveness by using our real-life photos, practical exercises, and professional handouts with your clients.
  • Differentiate your business from your competition by highlighting our logos on your materials, including your website.
  • Receive ongoing support, education and updated materials in order to stay ahead of others in your field.
  • Have peace of mind knowing that you’ll receive support and guidance on challenging cases involving dog and baby/toddler dynamics.
  • To participate and attend FPPE online learning opportunities
  • To build a more profitable business through increased knowledge and improved skills when working in homes with dogs and young children.


Meet Your Instructors

Learn More About the Family Paws Foundation Course

Led by Jennifer Shryock and Bethany Cunningham, this 13-week course will increase your knowledge, confidence, and network as you become a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. Our education, resources, and ongoing support help you differentiate yourself from your competition and help you tap into this specialized, important, and opportunity-rich market niche.


What’s Included for Educators?

Education & Business/Marketing Support

  • Ongoing support from Founder Jennifer Shryock B.A. CDBC
  • Classes for CE’s covering topics from marketing to child development.
  • Exposure through national advertising and press for the programs.
  • Referrals in your local area through our website search service.
  • Benefits and discounts from The Family Dog and more!
  • Referrals from our Dog & Baby Support line
  • Free Marketing webinar by John Visconti, author of Fetch More Dollars


Included Materials

  • A ready-to-use, professionally designed powerpoint presentation for both programs
  • Flyers, ads, and press releases you can customize and use.
  • High-resolution logo files, ready to put on your materials for co-branding.
  • 20+ handouts to use with your clients.
  • 4 1 on 1 coaching sessions with Jennifer Shryock
  • Access to our private group area for discussions, ongoing support and networking
  • and much more!


Dog Aware Mini Course

Family Paws is offering the perfect course for all dog professionals who want to gain insight and confidence when working with families with babies and toddlers.  This course is for anyone interested in learning more about this dog-centric niche in order to complement their current skills.  It is a 4 part series, covering 4 Key Dog aware skills as well as how and why they are relevant to the families you support. This program does not require an application.

We refer to them as BSPS: Body language, Sensitivities, Proximity, and Supervision.  We will discuss how each of these plays a role in a family’s relationship with their dog, and how important it is for them to become second nature when it comes to living with kids and dogs.  BSPS will be an excellent tool for dog professionals to teach their clients so that they can easily scan their home life situation and make safer choices. The goal is to empower more adults to take action and understand their dogs before things go too far.

Upon completion of the Dog Aware course, learners will be able to:

  1. Utilize “Doggie Detective” materials.
  2. Describe 2 reasons why dog body language is essential for parents with young children.
  3. Gain insight into the importance of identifying sensitivities early, ideally before baby arrives.
  4. Give examples as to how proximity is important when it comes to newly crawling babies /toddlers
  5. Define and give examples of the 5 types of supervision.
  6. Be able to describe the 4 components of being Dog Aware.

Each class is 90 minutes and includes both instruction with presentation and Q & A.   Assignments will be given to further optimize your learning experience.

 CCPDT. 2 CEUs for trainers and 4 CEUs for behavior consultants

$150 Instructor: Jennifer Shryock BA, CDBC, FPPE, LFDM


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