Pooch Parenting

Michelle Stern

The Pooch Parenting Podcast is a podcast for parents with dogs. Living with kids and dogs at the same time can feel like a circus - I know because I'm a mom and have lived it too. Join us as we answer listener questions and interview a variety of parenting and dog experts and parents to discuss topics that will make parenting with dogs easier, safer and less chaotic. If you enjoy these episodes or feel like they have helped your family, please subscribe, leave a review or tell a friend. xo Michelle
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80. Should Your Bring Home the Hospital Baby Blanket for Your Dog To Sniff
Feb 12 2024
80. Should Your Bring Home the Hospital Baby Blanket for Your Dog To Sniff
The single most prevalent piece of dog and newborn advice that I see on social media is for people to bring home the hospital baby blanket for your dog to sniff before baby comes home. I wanted to bust this myth and to share how at the very best, this misguided advice could be neutral...and at the worst, it could even be dangerous.Why people advise to bring home the hospital baby blanket for your dog to smellThey think that simply smelling something will build a positive associationIt's doable, which must be better than nothing, right?In dog training, we often expose dogs to certain stimuli to make positive associations. So the same concept should apply here, right? (hint - NO)Risks of bringing home the baby blanket for the dog to sniffThis step is rushed and no effort is made to pair the blanket with good things from the dog's perspectiveIf a parent leaves the blanket unattended with the dog, it could be used as a dog bed, could be torn up or used to play tug - all of which could be dangerous when baby comes home and wears a blanket laterThe blanket smells like the hospital, nursing staff, and many other pungent odors - what is the dog really smelling?It can get the dog too excited about the arrival of the baby later. Other supportive resources for parents with dogsLooking for some confidence about navigating life with your dog and newborn? Get on the waitlist for Paws to Pacifiers, my live 6-week small group program for expecting or adopting parents with dogs. This program is only offered three times a year, so by signing up for the waitlist, you will be the first to hear when registration opens again.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
79. Dog Safety with Toddlers Who Don't Stay in Bed at Night
Jan 29 2024
79. Dog Safety with Toddlers Who Don't Stay in Bed at Night
If your toddler is a little Jack-in-the-box and gets out of bed several times a night, you are not alone. But if you have a dog, we need to consider how to prevent interactions between your toddler and pup in the middle of the night when you aren't supervising. Why do toddlers get out of bed at night?They are going through a developmental shift which interrupts their sleep.They need to be comforted and are looking for their parents.They are experimenting with climbing and with boundariesThey need to potty or get a drink of waterThey don't feel wellDog Safety with toddlers who don't stay in bed at nightIf you are asleep or are in another room, you can't supervise interactions between your dog and toddlerBy using a baby gate on your toddler's door, they can't leave or interact with the dogIf your toddler sleeps in your room, you can close your room or put a baby gate on your door to prevent them from wandering the house or interacting with the dogIf the dog sleeps elsewhere, you can put a baby gate in a hallway to prevent your toddler from entering the space where the dog sleepsYou can put a pen around the dog's crate to prevent the toddler from letting the dog out of the crate or from poking their fingers into the crateOther supportive resources for parents with dogsListen to my limited series podcast, Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 here, on my website, or on your favorite podcast player.It's only natural for questions about our kids and dogs to arise from time to time, especially as our babies grow up and our dogs mature. And if I'm being honest, it's not really worth asking for free advice from friends or online because you can't rely on the accuracy of the feedback you are getting. If you'd like to learn more about The Pooch Parenting Society, where I offer practical life and science-based tips and strategies, ongoing support and a safe place to share, head on over to www.safekidsanddogs.com. From one parent to another, I see you and I promise, you're not alone.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
78. Should you let your dog lick your baby?
Jan 20 2024
78. Should you let your dog lick your baby?
If you have ever wondered if your dog should be licking your baby in the face or what to do about it, this is the episode for you. I discuss what dog licks might mean, why it might not be such a good idea, and why bringing in a dog expert might help you to get more clarity.Why do dogs lick babies?Babies taste good to dogs. They might taste like milk or even spit up. Yum!Dogs are curious and like to explore with their sense of taste.Your dog may be uncomfortable and might be using a form of appeasement.Your dog could be predatory.Your dog might be trying to assertively push the baby away.Risks of allowing dogs lick newborn babiesYour newborn doesn't yet have a strong immune system...and dogs lick their butts along with other gross items, such as dead animals or poop.The "sharp end" of the dog can be unsafe around the vital regions of your baby's body (head and neck)If your dog is stressed and is pushing baby away, this pressure might push your infant off your lap or sofa and onto the floorIf you are unclear if your dog is acting predatory, it's not a risk worth takingOther supportive resources for parents with dogsListen to my limited series podcast, Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 here, on my website, or on your favorite podcast player.It's only natural for questions about our kids and dogs to arise from time to time, especially as our babies grow up and our dogs mature. And if I'm being honest, it's not really worth asking for free advice from friends or online because you can't rely on the accuracy of the feedback you are getting. If you'd like to learn more about The Pooch Parenting Society, where I offer practical life and science-based tips and strategies, ongoing support and a safe place to share, head on over to www.safekidsanddogs.com. From one parent to another, I see you and I promise, you're not alone.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
77. 5 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Dog for New Baby
Dec 13 2023
77. 5 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Dog for New Baby
Worrying about how your dog will respond to your new baby might keep you up at night. Lots of people who are pregnant, adopting or using a surrogate experience the same thing. Fortunately for you, there are specialists, like me, who can help you to prepare your dog for new baby ahead of time. In my new free guide, 5 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Dog for New Baby, I share simple "recipes" to help you ensure a safe and happy transition for your growing family. Download the guide here. 5 Essential steps to prepare your dog for new babyUse positive reinforcement trainingSet up a safe Haven for your dogGet your dog familiar with baby sounds and equipmentShift your dog's routines to help them be more flexibleCome up with various supervision and management strategiesOther supportive resources for parents with dogsListen to my limited series podcast, Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 here, on my website, or on your favorite podcast player.It's only natural for questions about our kids and dogs to arise from time to time, especially as our babies grow up and our dogs mature. And if I'm being honest, it's not really worth asking for free advice from friends or online because you can't rely on the accuracy of the feedback you are getting. If you'd like to learn more about The Pooch Parenting Society, where I offer practical life and science-based tips and strategies, ongoing support and a safe place to share, head on over to www.safekidsanddogs.com. From one parent to another, I see you and I promise, you're not alone.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
76. Introducing the Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 Limited Series Podcast
Sep 25 2023
76. Introducing the Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 Limited Series Podcast
What if my dog doesn’t like my baby? What if my dog accidentally hurts my kids? What if my kids accidentally hurt our dog? When should we add a puppy to our family? Am I a horrible person if I feel like it’s too hard to parent kids and dogs at the same time?If you’re a dog mom who’s having a baby soon, who’s worrying about how your dog responds to your newly mobile toddler, who’s considering adding another dog or child to your family, or who’s wondering how to tame the chaos that comes from living with kids and dogs at the same time, this is the podcast for you.Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 is a limited series podcast packed with actionable tips on how to make living with kids and dogs safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable. Whether you are an experienced dog mom who is new to parenting or you are an experienced parent who is new to dogs, this podcast will offer you tried and true strategies that will help all of your family members (dogs included, of course) to have the relationship you always dreamed of. Hosted by certified professional dog trainer, mom and former teacher Michelle Stern, each episode will answer questions that keep worried parents up at night.For some of my best resources and to start the process of making your life with kids and dogs less stressful, download the free workbook that accompanies this podcast series.Ongoing support for parents with dogsIt's only natural for questions about our kids and dogs to arise from time to time, especially as our babies grow up and our dogs mature. And if I'm being honest, it's not really worth asking for free advice from friends or online because you can't rely on the accuracy of the feedback you are getting. If you'd like to learn more about The Pooch Parenting Society, where I offer practical life and science-based tips and strategies, ongoing support and a safe place to share, head on over to www.safekidsanddogs.com. From one parent to another, I see you and I promise, you're not alone.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
73. The Biggest Mistake Dog Moms Make Before Adding a Baby to the Family
May 23 2023
73. The Biggest Mistake Dog Moms Make Before Adding a Baby to the Family
In today's episode I'm going out on a limb here to make a grand statement about THE Biggest mistake dog moms make before adding a baby to their family. Listen to the episode to find out what it is...The episode includes these topics:we can't predict how our dog will feel once baby arrives if they live in a child free home nowyou have not seen how your dog behaves when living full time with a baby, toddler or child in the houseyou may not know how your dog will respond to receiving a LOT less attention than they do nowthe dog might be frustrated at an ever changing schedulethe dog might become destructive out of boredom from lack of physical or mental stimulation while you focus on the new baby My upcoming FREE Bootcamp: Preventing Dog Jealousy - Pre-Baby Bootcamp in JuneIf you are expecting or adopting a baby and your dog was your "first baby," then this episode is for you. I'm thrilled to announce that I'm offering a free bootcamp on Preventing Dog Jealousy: Pre-baby Bootcamp.In this bootcamp, we will talk about jealousy in dogs, what it looks like, and more importantly, how to prevent it. I know that bringing a new baby into the family can be stressful, especially when you have a furry friend who's used to being the center of attention. That's why I want to help you prepare your dog for the arrival of your new baby.The bootcamp is completely free and will cover a variety of topics you need to know to prevent dog jealousy. We'll discuss how to introduce your dog to your baby, how to create a safe and comfortable environment for your dog, and how to manage jealousy if it arises. You'll also get a chance to ask any questions you may have about your specific situation.The bootcamp is perfect for anyone who wants to ensure a smooth transition for their dog when the baby arrives. Whether you're a first-time parent or you're adding another baby to your family, this bootcamp is for you. You'll learn practical tips and strategies that you can start implementing right away.Sign Up for the FREE Bootcamp by visiting:  https://poochparenting.net/jealousy/. It's that easy. And if you're listening to this episode after the bootcamp has ended, don't worry. You can still visit the poochparenting.net website to access a variety of other resources.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
71. What is Family Dog Mediation and How Can It Help Parents with Dogs
May 9 2023
71. What is Family Dog Mediation and How Can It Help Parents with Dogs
In this episode of the Pooch Parenting Podcast, I'm discuss a wonderful shift that's taking place in the dog training and behavior industry. It's called Family Dog Mediation and I learned about it from Kim Brophey, an applied ethologist and one of my colleagues. Her revolutionary LEGS model introduces us to the basic foundational system of elements that direct the behavior of every single animal on earth (including us, of course) and explains what it means for our family dogs. This episode dives into this approach of working with families living with kids and dogs at the same time, and offers some perspective on the contributing factors to the behavior and feelings of each member of the household, dog included. Topics in this episode include:factors that impact behavior of parents, kids, and dogshow normal it is for parents to be overwhelmed raising kids and dogs togetherwhether or not training is the best way to address dog behavior challengesthe LEGS model for behavior: learning, environment, genetics and selfFamily Dog Mediation and how it helps us to manage our expectations of our dogsIf you are a dog professional and want to take Kim's amazing Family Dog Mediation Professional Course, you can find it here.If you are a family with a dog and want to learn more about dogs and dog behavior, Kim has a special course for you too called The Dog's Truth.Realistic Expectations for Parents with Kids and DogsYou love your dog. Of course you do. But if you’re being honest, sometimes they can be difficult to live with. Perhaps they bark too much, are too clingy, growl at your toddler or hate being separated from all of their family members, even for a few minutes. And let’s face it – the stakes are high when you are raising kids and dogs together. You can’t wait until something dangerous happens before you seek help – you need support as soon as you see even a single red flag.It’s easy to hope for a quick fix and to “train” the annoying behavior away. But I’ll be totally honest with you (you can expect that from me), and say that sometimes training isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. Yes, I’m a dog trainer and I’m telling you that training isn’t always the answer. Ok – so what is?Before you can resolve any of the challenging issues you might be facing with your dog, you need to understand all of the contributing factors to their behavior. But it actually goes deeper than that. We need to consider the contributing factors to YOUR behavior too! That's right - since your dog doesn't live in a bubble, it's crucial that we evaluate the whole picture, especially how you and your family members interact with the dog. And that’s where my specialized role as a Licensed Family Dog Mediator comes in.Want some supThank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
66. Bite Me - Toddler Edition. What Went Wrong?
Mar 20 2023
66. Bite Me - Toddler Edition. What Went Wrong?
In today's episode of The Pooch Parenting Podcast, I'm responding to two listener questions. One is from a parent and the other is from a dog training professional. Both inquire about 3-year old children who were bitten by their family dogs in the face. I discuss what could have contributed to this behavior and how to prevent it in the future. I also talk about some mindset shifts families need to consider when trying to have their kids and dogs live safely and happily together.Topics on this episode include:toddlers hitting dogspuppy growling at toddlerpuppy biting toddlermanagement strategies to prevent inappropriate interactionnewly adopted dog - how it feels potential causes of dog or puppy growlingsupport for parents with dogsThe ABC's of Growling - How to Understand and Respond to Your DogDo you have a question you'd like me to answer on the Pooch Parenting Podcast?I love to answer listener questions on the podcast. If you'd like your question answered, please record it (like a voicemail!) here. I'll do my best to include it in a future episode.p.s. If you are a dog pro who wishes you had a little more confidence with clients who are adopting or expecting kids or who have children already, get on the waitlist for The Pooch Parenting Coach Collective. It's a supportive membership for dog professionals that offers live zooms, made-for-you handouts to give to clients with kids, and an interactive Facebook group.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting
65. Who Should Pick Your Next Family Dog?
Feb 4 2023
65. Who Should Pick Your Next Family Dog?
I have a series of posts on my Pooch Parenting Facebook page that all discuss different "Unpopular Opinions" related to dogs and children. My most recent post in the series generated some really interesting conversations about where people actually get their dogs and who should influence which dog a family selects. New dog topics on this episode include:different ways that people get new dogscan the average pet parent tell if a dog likes their kidsstress signals dogs can demonstrate that can be confusingwho is qualified to give your family information about any particular dogtraits families may want in a family dogDo you have a question you'd like me to answer on the Pooch Parenting Podcast?I love to answer listener questions on the podcast. If you'd like your question answered, please record it (like a voicemail!) here. I'll do my best to include it in a future episode.p.s. If you are a dog pro who wishes you had a little more confidence with clients who are adopting or expecting kids or who have children already, get on the waitlist for The Pooch Parenting Coach Collective. It's a supportive membership for dog professionals that offers live zooms, made-for-you handouts to give to clients with kids, and an interactive Facebook group.Thank you for listening! Want to learn more about Pooch Parenting and how we can help you?If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.Worried about Growling? Get my free guide: ABC's of Growling: https://poochparenting.net/abcs-of-growling/ Looking for QUICK answers to your dog and child questions? Just ask and my custom tool will give you the answer: www.poochparenting.net/askpoochparenting