Expecting Families and Their Dogs: Tips for Success

Speaker: Jennifer Shryock, CDBC



 Continuing Education Units

One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP

At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Gain understanding of the why's and how an expecting family can prepare with their dog during pregnancy.
  2. Explain the 5 types of supervision
  3. Gain knowledge about the importance of the homecoming phase

About the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.


Expecting Families and Their Dogs: Tips for Success

Jennifer  Shryock, CDBC

Families with dogs can often be caught off guard with their feelings and challenges once they bring their newborn home. Childbirth professionals have an amazing opportunity to offer resources to help decrease this stress for many families.Learn why and how preparation can impacts families lives short term and long term.

Join us, and learn how you can help support a safer and less stressful homecoming! 


Jennifer Shryock, CDBC

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 former VP of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support. Jennifer also has proudly served on the board member of the International Childbirth Education Association.  A recognized expert on dog and baby/toddler 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.

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 three 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, NC, with her husband, four children, two dogs, and four cats.

Expecting Families and Their Dogs: Tips for Success

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