Controlling the Chaos: A Workshop for Families Living with Kids & Dogs

This is a 2-part online workshop for dog-loving families who want to proactively manage all the moving parts of ensuring a happy home for all! It provides participants with the skills, knowledge, and guided practice that will assist in ensuring safe, fun, and functional interactions between their children and their dogs. Regardless of the age of the child or the length of time the family dog has been in the home, this educational and interactive workshop will offer a wealth of resources that can support any family living with kids and dogs.

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Part 1 of the workshop is for the adults in the home. During this section, the trainer will give a presentation discussing dog behavior, safety management, and a variety of helpful tips and resources. After a short break, the family dogs will join and the trainer will lead the group through a dog training session focused on a handful of obedience cues that are most important for households with children and dogs. Part 1 is approximately 1 ½ hours.

Part 2 is a 30-minute private session with the trainer, during which the whole family is encouraged to participate. Here the trainer will coach the adult(s) and child(ren) through helpful exercises and interactions with the family dog(s), providing guidance and feedback as they practice. If the family includes multiple children of different ages, please note that the trainer will need to focus on what is developmentally appropriate for the youngest child who is participating in the session. Parents/caregivers are nonetheless welcome to use this time with the trainer to ask questions and discuss concerns that address their entire family. Part 2 will be scheduled with participants individually, after registration, and will take place within one week of Part 1. Weekend and evening time slots will be available.

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Part 1 Date & Time

Saturday, November 7th from 9:30am to 11:00am