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Family Paws: Help toddlers approach dogs the right way

Posted May 29, 2012

I introduced Jennifer Shryock, a Cary mom of four and owner of Family Paws, on Monday.

Shryock has devoted her career to helping parents introduce their dogs to their babies and kids. She offers programs locally for expecting parents and parents of babies and young children, including one-on-one consultations. And she has a network of 120 presenters around the country and in Canada offering similar programs. Jennifer Shryock with dog Bailey Family Paws: Help toddlers approach dogs the right way

For the next month, Shryock, a certified dog behavior consultant and a recognized expert on child-dog interactions, will be offering dog safety tips here on Go Ask Mom every Wednesday starting today.

Her first topic focuses on helping toddlers approach dogs the right way.

"Toddlers approaching a dog is almost always going to make a dog a bit uncomfortable," she tells me.

Find out how to invite a dog over and what "pet, pet, pet, pause" means by watching the video, which features one of Shryock's four dogs, Bailey.

For more about Family Paws, go to its website.

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  • omy. May 30, 2012

    Hopefully this taeching will also include to have children ASK the owner of dog before they take upon themselves to approach/pet a dog (if on leash in public, etc).