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Families with Dogs Consultations

Turn your dog into a well-behaved family member

Are you a pet parent expecting a baby or planning on growing your human family? Do you worry that your dog might have difficulty adjusting to your new addition?
Let us prepare you and your dogs for the changes ahead. Our consults offer educational information, tips, and handouts for parents, as well as coaching you on how to train your dog with some new skills and routines.

Areas of focus include:

  • How to prepare your dog for life with baby/toddler
  • Bringing baby home
  • Increasing Dog Aware skills to recognize subtle signals of communication
  • Safety first—for everyone in the family, two- and four-legged
  • Evaluating and setting up management and Success Stations
  • Managing your dog through your child’s different stages of development

Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) offers support and resources for families and professionals supporting new and expecting families with dogs. We believe strongly that early preparation prior to the birth or adoption of a baby into a dog-loving family is essential for safety and long-term success. Our parent education programs include ongoing support and programs that grow with your baby. We are here to guide you every step of the way as your baby grows and dog ages.

Visit www.familypaws.com for additional information and parent resources.

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Families with dogs consultations at Cochrane and Area Humane Society

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To register for your consultation please email administration@cochranehumane.ca. or call 403-932-2072 ext. 104.

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Training costs

Initial 90-minute consultation  
$235        

3-Session package (60 minutes each)
$455 Regular / $435 for CAHS adoptees

Additional private sessions
$157.50

*All prices include GST. Additional costs for travel and fuel may apply if you’re located more than 5 km outside of Cochrane.

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Dawnita Gillman
CPDT-KSA, APDT, Licensed Family Paws™ Parent Educator

About Your Trainer

Dawnita has been involved with the Cochrane & Area Humane Society for over 15 years and considers the ability to be able to work with people and their pets a privilege. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, holds a professional membership with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is a licensed Family Paws™ Parent Educator. As well as her love for animals, Dawnita has a zeal for further education in the areas of animal behaviour and rehabilitation, coaching and training, building respectful relationships between animals and the people that interact with them. She has a passion for assisting shelter pets placed in loving homes and keeping pets in their existing homes through professional support and guidance. Her goal is to focus on strengthening the human-dog relationship through positive reinforcement, reward-based training, clear communication & better understanding of the companion dog.