Courtney Ray Buchanan

The information that Family Paws provides is invaluable for any family with children, and it is imperative that we as trainers understand and are able to relay this knowledge to our clients. I would highly recommend a weekend with FPPE; no matter how long you have been in the field, I guarantee you will learn something!

Abigail Witthauer

Our weekend seminar with FPPE far exceeded my expectations. We had such an amazing time with Jennifer and learned so much that will help our clients both immediately and in the future. I would highly recommend FPPE for your professional dog training team! You will not regret it!-

April Shoe

Family Paws weekend is a must! I thinking having Jen in person is definitely an incredible benefit, not only for learning purposes but because she’s a fantastic person to do life with, even if only for a weekend. As a mother and a trainer who has always been passionate about the topic of dogs and children, I still learned so much from this program and am so proud to be a part of it.

Pam Chance, formerly of Lamaze for Believers

Jennifer has a passion for working with the pets of expectant or new families experiencing behavior problems adjusting to a new home or to a new family member. I was a small business owner and perinatal educator in the Triangle area for many years where Jennifer and I were members of local professional organization. We also attended various baby fairs. I recommend her work with animal behavior…and their humans too.

Jimmy and Nicole, NC proud new parents

Before our baby was born we hired Jen to help our dog, Colby, with the transition of living with a newborn. We found her to be very professional, and to be extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior. She gave us great insight into our dogs behavior, and the subtle clues that we could recognize to know if she were scared, nervous, excited, happy, etc. Because of what she taught us, the transition of introducing the dog to the baby was flawless, and it continues to be a happy relationship between the two. Jen has also followed up with us at least once a week since the baby was born. You just don’t find this kind of customer service anymore, and you can tell that Jen really cares about her clients. We highly recommend her.


We really appreciated the practical suggestions the class provided for incorporating our dog into our everyday routines with our baby. We also liked hearing real-life examples for creating positive relationships between children and dogs from our instructor, who is a mom and understands everyday family life

Renee Premaza, Dog Obedience Trainer & Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Jennifer Shryock is the expert that I depend on to get important advice and educational materials about raising kids and dogs together. Her DOG AND BABY CONNECTION(now Dogs &Toddlers) program is rich with valuable information to help keep kids and dogs safe with one another. The photographs she shares in her program are a wonderful tool to help educate parents on dog body language. These photos portray even the most subtle canine signals that indicate the dog needs to be rescued/removed from a stressful situation that can occur in the presence of children. Her DOGS AND BABY CONNECTION program is nothing less than exceptional! Congratulations Jennifer and thank you for being there to educate pet parents, veterinarians and other professionals in this field.

Molly, Proud new Mother, Raleigh, NC

We really appreciated the practical suggestions the class provided for incorporating our dog into our everyday routines with our baby. We also liked hearing real-life examples for creating positive relationships between children and dogs from our instructor, who is a mom and understands everyday family life.

Laurie Posey, www.liamjperkfoundation.org

You have put together something that would have taken us years to do and to have a program dedicated to babies and toddlers is an inspiration and blessing to us. This program brings tears to my eyes when I go through it knowing that we will save lives and keep children and dogs living safely together in their homes. It keeps Liam’s spirit alive.

Terri and Wayne, NJ

The “Welcome home” webinar class was great. I am expecting a baby in May and have many concerns about introducing my two dogs to my newborn. I live in a rural area in NJ and could not find anyone in my area who was qualified or willing to address my concerns with my dogs reactive behavior. I was referred to Jen’s program and it was a God send! I feel relieved that I can speak with someone knowledgeable about my dogs and the steps I need to take to make life with baby and dogs successful. The webinar gave me some instruction as to what I can do to make the initial introduction go smoothly and keep going smoothly! The information is priceless. Re-homing my dogs is not an option for me; they are part of the family. Jen has shown me that the dogs in our lives can be successful with our children as long as the owners are educated and informed! There are no words to express my appreciation and thankfulness!

Julie and family, Charlotte, NC

I highly recommend Jen. She was a resource we told about through calling Siberian husky rescue when our Siberian bite our little girl. Jen provided us with information. As we had to decide what to do with our dog and how to help our family especially our daughter. Jen was supportive and non judgmental. Jen was able to help us find a trainer in our area as she lived three hours away for our other dog. Jen was kind and would just listen. We are amazing blessed to have found that resource because when our daughter went to the hospital while she was treated medically we received no resources nor was it treated as a trauma simply a routine dog bite. With her guidance we have gained a better understanding of dogs and while we still have a lot more to learn the information we have has changed our understanding of dogs. I highly recommend her services and wish her program was in every hospital and would have been the day we went to the hospital. Julie and family,

Terry Ryan

This is a great go-to resource. I will rely on Dogs & Toddlers program to help my clients. This is a natural follow up to my all-time favorite DOGS AND STORKS.

Joan Orr, Co-Founder Doggone Crazy and Tagteach

I have worked with Jen for over 10 years and have found her to be professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about dog behavior and baby safety around dogs. Jen knows exactly how to present the right information in a gentle way to parents/dog owners to allow them to have success. She is very generous with her time and expertise and has a genuine desire to improve the lives of her clients. Jen has been a great help to Doggone Safe over the years and I would highly recommend her services to anyone who needs help with a dog behavior problem or who wants to ensure safety for babies or children in families with dogs.

Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC Living with Kids and dogs Proud Family Paws Parent Educator

I love the Dog and Baby Connection(now Dogs &Toddlers)! It’s easy to find advice for introducing a dog and a baby, but there’s very little that really focuses on developing a strong relationship between the two. Until now. The Dog and Baby Connection fills the gap. It’s filled with useful, practical, and easy-to-implement tips that help families manage kid-and-dog interactions as babies grow and develop. Dog trainers will love having this resource to share with their clients.

Vinny Olito, CCDT – CPDT- KA Proud Family Paws Parent Educator 2014

Jen, I just wanted to thank you for welcoming me into your FPPE family a few years back when I was starting my journey in the industry. Being part of your mission has been a pleasure and one of the best career decisions I’ve made. When I first spoke with you on the phone, I felt your passion for helping families and canines but also the industry as a whole. I truly enjoyed your program and it was a great addition to my toolbox. Your knowledge of canine behavior in families with children; or who are expecting a new addition, is awesome. One thing that stands out to me is your personal and consistent involvement with your presenters from online groups, emails and phone conversations etc. You are always there for your presenters, for anything they need, which is such an awesome thing to do. I truly love the lifetime support and friendship you offer, and I know I will be part of the FPPE family forever. I am proud to participate in your mission of educating and helping the public and canines. Your opinions and knowledge are priceless. I would recommend every trainer who shares our passion be part of FPPE. I cannot put into words how this has helped me on both a personal and business level. I almost forgot to mention thank you for always allowing presenters access to updated material as FPPE is moves forward and progresses.

Huzannah Banajee Joseph, Family Paws Parent Educator 2014- India

It has been an absolute pleasure to know you and learn from you. Attending the M2L classes was pure joy, and I have learnt so much more than I expected to. I find myself applying so many of the program concepts in my general dog training and in for behaviour work too. I can honestly say that your deciding to include me in your program by making it financially viable for me, has touched my life, but also the lives of so many others who have benefited from the information and learning that I gained from you. I know that many pet parents are happier and safer due to this, and so many dogs are being understood better and are less stressed out!

Neika Smessaert, RVT

As a Registered Veterinary Technician for 17 years (training dogs and their humans for 15) and being in this field for 22 years, Family Paws is the program that goes above and beyond for their presenters. After having children of my own I became interested in dog bite prevention, not only for myself but for my clients. Most of what I was finding was scare tactic information or outdated advice that I had heard repeated over and over again. Then I found Jennifer at Family Paws. She honestly changed my life. She is such a wealth of information and I continue to learn things from her every single time we talk. Through her organization she teaches you, giving weekly webinars that not only are interactive but where you learn how to dispense the information in a way that it will be well received. She walks you through each family milestone, from birth to toddler, so you are well prepared to help those families move through each stage, either as they are going through it or preparing them for what might be coming next. Jennifer has been available to me on a number of occasion by phone call as well. Helping me work through a challenge a family was having. I can’t say enough good things about Jennifer and the outstanding program she has created with Family Paws. She really is paving the way, getting factual information out there so we are all giving good solid, safe, healthy advice to our clients.

Gayle DiMenna, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Jennifer continues to exceed my expectations as a leader and mentor of Family Paws Parent Education. I approached Jennifer a few years ago for more information regarding parent-child-dog interactions that I had seen which I was uncomfortable with. She listened, provided helpful advice and a venue for more education. After our conversation, I wanted more knowledge and pursued Family Paws Parent Education licensed presenter training. I learned not only about the essential information included in the Dogs and Storks and Dogs and Toddler programs, but also important considerations when talking to parents. But what impressed me the most is her continued dedication to the licensed presenters. Jennifer provides not only a comprehensive initial training for this specialized topic, but also continued learning, routine meetings, ongoing communication and case support. She has created an exceptional resource for helping families understand baby/toddler and dog safety.

Fiia Jokela, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Canine/Feline Practice), Deer Run Animal Hospital Schererville, IN

Bringing Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) into my practice has added a great new service to help my practice grow and become more family friendly. Not only do I offer community family safety seminars and private counselling on baby and dog safety, but I use my knowledge to answer questions every day in the exam room. FPPE provides great resources, handouts and webinars to share with clients. It demonstrates to clients how important it is seek behavior advice from their veterinarian instead of following risky advice from the Internet. Educating and raising awareness with new families about baby and toddler safety prevents serious problems before they start! This builds bonds not only with the family and their dog but also to my practice. It teaches children right from the start how to behave and be safe around dogs! That helps build a new generation of clients for my practice! Being a FPPE licensed presenter has been very rewarding and really helps me serve the entire family!

Colleen Quinn, DVM-Indiana

Going through the Family Paws Program and becoming a presentor was a positive experience both for myself and my veterinary practice. I feel I now have the knowledge and skills to not only help pets but entire families! As a veterinarian I would recommend not only using Family Paws as a primary resource but also for all veterinary practices to have a staff member as a presentor!

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