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Family Paws™ Parent Education is the parent organization of two International licensed programs: Dogs & Storks® and Dog & Toddlers™ . We provide specialized programs for new and expecting families with dogs. We offer a wide range of support to families, dog professionals and childbirth professionals to support success between babies, toddlers and family dogs.
Our goal is to increase the safety of children and the success of dogs in homes with children. We seek to decrease the number of dogs surrendered to shelters due to easily preventable behavioral problems and common conflicts.
Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), owner of Family Paws™ LLC in Cary, NC and holds a degree in Special Education. Jennifer is also U.S. VP of Doggone Safe a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support. A recognized expert on child-dog interactions and safety, Jennifer has written and spoken extensively about these topics. Her two programs, Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ have been featured in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart LIVING along with many TV and radio appearances.
In 2000 The Shryock family adopted their first German Shepherd Rescue dog. Subsequently Jennifer became involved with the rescue organization as a counselor and trainer finding herself supporting families with babies or young children who, overwhelmed by the challenges of their situation, were often on the verge of surrendering an otherwise beloved dog. As a Mother, dog behavior consultant and teacher…Jennifer recognized a need for support and education for these families and began building resources for new and expecting families through her own business Family Paws. A consistent need for this specialized service led to the creation of the highly endorsed international program Dogs & Storks® for expecting and adopting families and then years later Dogs & Toddlers™, for families with babies 3 months of age and up. All of these passions and ideas have led to the creation of Family Paws™ Parent Education now offering programs all of the United States, Canada and beyond! Jennifer has mentored and supported hundreds of dog trainers all over the world and continues to support families in her community and beyond.
Jennifer lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband, 4 children, 3 dogs, and 4 cats.
Gail is a certified dog trainer specializing in safe dog-child interactions and family pet manners. She has over 25 years of experience training dogs and teaching obedience classes. Gail is a licensed Family Paws Parent Education presenter (Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers), and a Doggone Safe Be A Tree presenter. She focuses on educating the public on safe interaction with dogs and dog bite prevention. Gail teaches small group classes and does public education events and private, customized in-home dog training in the Metro East St Louis area. Topics include dog preparation for new baby and safe dog/child interaction. Group classes focus on family pet manners, self-control and off-leash control.
Gail received her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and her MS and PhD in Companion Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois. After graduation, Gail took a faculty position at the University of Illinois where she was in charge of the Companion Animal Biology program. Education has always been a priority for Gail. She is eager to learn the latest science-based, positive training and behavior analysis techniques. Gail graduated from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA) as a Certified Training Partner. She has taken Dr Susan Friedman’s applied behavior analysis course and Family Paws Parent Education’s 4 month course. When she is not working with a private client or teaching, you will often find Gail at a dog behavior or training workshop. She maintains a number of professional affiliations including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Doggone Safe, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, Greater St Louis Training Club and Havanese Rescue. Gail has a daughter and has been a foster parent for numerous other children. During her years as a foster parent she developed an awareness of the importance of preparing dogs for life with children. To learn more about Gail visit her website!
Kate Anders, is the owner of Pretty Good Dog, a consulting business geared towards finding positive solutions for the family pet. She is a seasoned Family Paws presenter, and a licensed Be a Tree educator. She ran the behavior and training program for The Minnesota Valley Humane Society for more than five years and currently sits on the board of directors of a local training club. Although she got her start running basic manners classes, these days she spends most of her time consulting on behavior issues and helping new, expecting and expanding families navigate life with kids and dogs. She is passionate about community building and works together with other dog professionals both locally and beyond. Kate lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, son, and pair of pretty good dogs.
Amy is a member of the advisory team for Family Paws Parent Education. She is a licensed presenter of the Dogs & Storks® and the Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, and a Doggone Safe ‘Be A Tree’ presenter. Amy is the owner, founder, and chief operator of Conscious Companion™. She is an active member of the Pet Professional Guild, Doggone Safe, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Amy serves on the board of directors of the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary.
Amy graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management. Throughout her professional career, she has worked and taught at a variety of facilities, to include LSU’s Veterinary School, George Mason University, local veterinary clinics, pet resorts, nature centers, aquariums, and zoos. Amy has mentored people of all ages, many with a variety of physical and mental challenges. Her work has focused on enhancing the human-animal bond.
Amy has studied animal welfare, applied behavior analysis, animal training, animal husbandry, and animal enrichment for nearly 20 years, and she is an AZA Accredited Animal Trainer. She continues her animal behavior and animal training education through various professional conferences and ongoing certifications.
Some of her published works include An Analysis of the Post-release Success of Captive-bred Louisiana Pine Snakes, Target Training and Voluntary Blood Drawing of the Aldabra Tortoise, What’s in a Purr?, and Whisker Stress.
Jo is the owner of WiggleBums! Dog-Friendly Training & Behavior. Jo is our technical guru who plays an essential role as a support to our presenters when it comes to getting started. Any technical questions regarding our program are welcomed and promptly addressed by Jo.
Jo specializes in private, in-home behavior consulting and training services for dogs and cats, focusing on the individual needs of each family and their pets. A Dogs & Storks presenter since 2009, Jo is also a Professional Member of Doggone Safe, IAABC, AABP, ABMA, APDT, PPG, and past president of the International Siberian Husky Club.
Jo is the mother of three (now adult) children and grandmother of three; she lives in Salem, MA with her daughter (also a pet professional) as well as three Siberian Huskies, two retired Greyhounds, three cats and an Iguana.