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By: Audrey Wissel & Debra Murray

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
~Josh Billings

Doggy Doula?

on 02 March, 2017

Guest Blog by Welcome Baby KC’s Lauren Letterman

Sometimes the first sign of pregnancy is an affectionate pet. Your dog won’t leave your side or your puppy drapes herself across your (toasty) belly. They’ve been with you through morning sickness (so what if they tripped you a couple times as you dashed to the bathroom?), happy danced with you after your first ultrasound, and eyed you sideways when you cried over a cute commercial. Your dog is a constant source of reassurance and comfort as you get closer to meeting your baby. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for them to be a part of your labor and delivery, too?

Everyone Loves Smartypaws

on 02 February, 2017

Welcome to Smartypaws, where clients find no flaws. Low cost luxury boarding, so all can be affording.

Positive training, with no harmful restraining. You’ve tried the rest, now go with the best!

Happy News Year

on 15 January, 2017

Read all about it! We’ve made some fantastic changes for 2017 and are excited to share our New Year’s news with Smartypaws’ friends, families, and followers. We are bringing in the New Year with luxury low stress boarding, a new location, and Family Paws Parent Education™ group presentations.

Part 3 in a 3-part series

Building a trusting relationship between children and dogs takes time and vigilance. It’s important to spend time together and include our family pups in daily activities with children. However, if we want to foster a trusting relationship, then we need to ensure that everyone and everything involved is enjoying the time spent together. Including dogs and children in pleasant, relationship building activities does not require physical contact or touching between the child and dog.

Part 2 in a 3-part series

There are numerous things that cause dogs to be nervous. In 13 years of training I have yet to meet a dog – even my own who LOVES children – that feels completely comfortable with a small person approaching them. If I’m being completely honest here, I must admit that I often brace myself when being approached by my own kids.

Part 1 in a 3-part series

Are you embarking on the journey of attempting to harmoniously raise dogs and toddlers in the same home? That can be quite an adventure! Dogs and children require loads of attention, and as parents we work diligently to be masters of multi-tasking. We hope to see our dogs and children grow to have a trusting relationship with each other, but often aren’t aware of how to effectively foster that type of bond.

Preparing the family dog(s) for life with baby...

Recently, a pregnant friend of mine inquired, “What are some ways to make life easier on our dogs after we have our baby?” Since I have such a passion for facilitating safe and positive interactions between children and dogs, my mind immediately began to race with all the fun activities and things that can help relationships between a child and dog to flourish.

Doggie, It’s Cold Outside!

on 06 January, 2015

It’s a blustery 18 degrees here today! Winter temperatures are upon us, so it is time to revisit cold weather safety tips for our canine companions. Dogs can suffer in temperatures that are excessively hot or cold.

Caught In The Act

on 20 August, 2014

Imagine my surprise when I glanced over to the kitchen and spotted Emma, my very own, well trained, 9 year old certified therapy pet, standing on her hind legs like a curious kangaroo.



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  • I love working with Debra at SmartyPaws. She has creative and insightful ideas to help my dog through various struggles. I've learned a lot about how to approach a problem area and think about it from the dog's perspective and how to motivate through positive training. Deb truly loves dogs and has a unique plan for each client. I also appreciate the email re-cap of our sessions and what I can work on for the next session. This has helped me to break the process down into smaller steps so that my dog and I can make progress as a team. My dog loves Deb. She makes the training process fun. I have bonded with my dog even more through the training process we've gone through. Thanks, Deb!


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