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Dogs and Children

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Services for families with children and dogs

Are you.....

- Planning to become a parent?

- An expecting or new parent?

- A current parent with questions about your child and dog?

- Looking to add a dog to your family with kids?

I can help!

I am a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. This means that I am specialized in helping families with kids and dogs learn how to have safe, healthy, and positive dynamics at home. 

It is never too early to get started. If you want to have a training consultation regarding dogs and children, book a session here!

 

What Clients Say

"Kristen worked well incorporating young kids in the process with activities we can do together. We highly recommend Kristen for your dog and dog family training needs." --Linda S

"Kristen has been so helpful in assisting us with integrating our newborn into our home with two adult dogs who have had limited exposure to children/babies. She has taught us many strategies and given great advice to set our dogs up for success. She worked with our dogs individually and provided feedback for how to best practice with each dog at home in order to meet their individual needs. We learned so much during our sessions and were provided with great written education and summaries after each visit." -- Holli S

  • My dog only displays aggressive behavior sometimes and they may not be aggressive at the training consult. Can you still help?
    Yes! I do not need to see the problem behavior in order to help modify it! We will discuss the aggressive behavior that you have seen in detail and I will ask you questions to help me understand the context and motivation behind the behavior. In fact, I will intentionally modify the environment and my interactions with your dog our sessions in order to not trigger the aggressive response from your dog.
  • Do you guarantee to fix my dog's fear and aggression?
    Dogs are animals and always require management and guidance from us, so I do not advertise quick-fix solutions that require no effort.
  • My dog is aggressive to strangers. How will this work?
    We have several options. If you are in my service area, I can come to your home and we can do the discussion portion of the consultation without your dog in the room so that I can get all the info needed before coming up with a plan to work with your dog. Another option is to do the initial consultation session online via zoom so that we can have a conversation and discuss the plan without stressing out your dog with my presence! Both options can work well!
  • Why is my dog aggressive and can it be fixed?
    Dog show aggression for a variety of reasons ranging from genetic background, early life experience, stressors in their environment, conflict with other animals or people, and things such as aversive training methods. Think of aggression as a symptom of underlying emotion. When you work with me, I will help you change the emotion that is causing the aggression. We will also work on modifying your dog's environment as needed to keep them out of situations that elicit the aggressive behavior.
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