60 episodes

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 interview a variety of parenting and dog experts, along with 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, feel free to buy me a coffee as a way of saying "Thanks!" https://www.buymeacoffee.com/PoochParenting

Pooch Parenting Michelle Stern

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

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 interview a variety of parenting and dog experts, along with 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, feel free to buy me a coffee as a way of saying "Thanks!" https://www.buymeacoffee.com/PoochParenting

    Child Adoption in Dog Families

    Child Adoption in Dog Families

    In today's interview, I speak with Dr. Kris Freeark, child psychologist, family therapist and adoption educator. We chat about setting up appropriate expectations for dog families who are adopting a child.
    Helping adoptive parents have realistic expectations around welcoming a new child (of whatever age) into the family, is critical to the family's success. Recognizing the adjustments involved for all family members -- human and canine -- can make all the difference between unnecessary strain and worry and an experience of trust-building and confidence. Kris helps adoptive parents build good communication with their children starting with the earliest conversations.
    Kris loves to show people that openness in adoption is sometimes serious, but most of the time creative and fun. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to building trust and connection. The unique parent-child (and -pet) combination guides what will work best for them.

    Specialized Support Mentioned in this Podcast:
    Contact KrisSanity Savers Online Summit for Parents with Dogs - a free online summit featuring 40(ish) speakers in just 40(ish) minutes. I know you are busy!The Pooch Parenting Society - a supportive membership for parents with dogs where I share training games, training tips and live Q/A'sThe Pooch Parenting Coach Collective - a membership for dog professionals who want to build their confidence so they can take on more clients who have childrenDo 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.

    • 43 min
    Parenting Expectations for Relatives about Dog & Child Interactions

    Parenting Expectations for Relatives about Dog & Child Interactions

    In today's episode, I talk about parent expectations for relatives when it comes to dog and child interactions. My friend shared a dramatic incident with me that she saw online between a set of parents and grandparents. The woman asked, "Am I in the wrong if I ask my in-laws to keep their dog away from our toddler?" 
    Family dynamics can be difficult, but it's important that we set everyone up with appropriate expectations for dog and child dynamics. Before families spend time with their relatives, it's best to discuss dog and child safety and management strategies ahead of time so that there is less tension during their holiday together.

    Dog and Child Safety and Specialized Support
    Online Classes for parents and dog professionalsFree online summit: Tips from Dog and Parenting Experts - 40 tips in 40 minutesThe Pooch Parenting Society - a supportive membership for parents with dogs where I share training games, training tips and live Q/A'sThe Pooch Parenting Coach Collective - a membership for dog professionals who want to build their confidence so they can take on more clients who have children

    • 26 min
    Build Strong Relationships and Recall with Your Dog - Lisa Lyle Waggoner

    Build Strong Relationships and Recall with Your Dog - Lisa Lyle Waggoner

    In today's interview, I speak with Lisa Lyle Waggoner, author of The Original Rocket Recall. We chat about building strong relationships and recall with your dog.
    Having a dog who can be off leash and have a reliable recall is the holy grail of dog training. While it's something that many of us aspire to, it's not always safe. Sometimes a dog being off leash is dangerous because of the risk of cars, predators, or bodies of water. Sometimes it's unsafe because a dog who is following their instinctual hunting behavior means that they take off...and dogs repeat what they practice.
    I was in conflict. Should I let my dog be off leash in nature or should I make sure he is safe? I discuss these issues, along with fun games that can build strong relationships with you and your dog.

    Resources and Mentions:
    12 Rules of Rocket Recall - a free resource from Lisa

    The Original Rocket Recall book, by Lisa Lyle Waggoner
    Cold Nose College
    Trailblazing Tails - the BEST leashes and longlines
    Sarah Stremming - The Cog Dog Podcast
    Grisha Stewart - Adjust Your Leash Length
    The Pooch Parenting Society - a supportive membership for parents with dogs where I share training games, training tips and live Q/A's
    The Pooch Parenting Coach Collective - a membership for dog professionals who want to build their confidence so they can take on more clients who have children

    • 53 min
    Save Time and Money with a Specialist

    Save Time and Money with a Specialist

    In this episode of the Pooch Parenting Podcast, I talk about the importance of working with a specialist who will save time and money as you try to solve your dog related challenges. I'm currently raising a pair of orphaned dobermans and have been so grateful for the support I am getting from Puppy Culture. Similarly, when I needed to learn about aggressive behavior, I felt fortunate to be able to take a focused class from Michael Shikashio. 
    I'd love to be that kind of support for you - a dog and child specialist. Stop wasting time trying to get specialized help from a general practitioner - get the help you need from someone who can help you to make progress with your dogs and kids fast.

    Resources mentioned in the episode
    Dogwood Animal Rescue Project
    Puppy Culture
    Michael Shikashio
    The Pooch Parenting Society - a supportive membership for parents with dogs
    The Pooch Parenting Coach Collective - a membership for dog professionals who want to build their confidence so they can take on more clients who have children

    To see a video of my puppies playing and an irresistible photo, please visit the show notes page: www.poochparenting.net/episode57

    • 10 min
    Parenting from Neutral - Parenting Coach Mel Peirce

    Parenting from Neutral - Parenting Coach Mel Peirce

    In this episode of the Pooch Parenting Podcast, I talk with parenting coach, Mel Peirce. We talk about how to "parent from neutral." Our conversation covers topics that will set up parents and their dogs for success. We discuss parenting expectations, self-talk, and being proactive - all of which will help parents with their kids AND their dogs!

    Topics we discuss include...
    Patterns in parenting, planning ahead, be proactiveParenting from NeutralAvoid situations where you "command and demand"Positive self talk: "I can handle this", "today's going to be a good day"The danger of having expectations in parentingBeing curious as a strategy to increase parenting satisfactionInstead of spiraling, pause to consider what went well.

    • 48 min
    Barn Hunt (and What Makes Sports Desirable to Dogs and Kids)

    Barn Hunt (and What Makes Sports Desirable to Dogs and Kids)

    After trying barn hunt, a dog sport, for the first time with Pippin today, I got to thinking about comparisons between sports for dogs and sports for kids. Sometimes adults try to promote their own agenda when it comes to choosing family activities. But if I learned anything today, it was clear that the passion of the participant is one of the biggest factors we should consider when choosing a sport.

    The Pooch Parenting Coach Collective - a membership for dog professionals who want to build their confidence so they can take on more clients who have children
    The Pooch Parenting Society - a supportive membership for parents with dogs
    The Barn Hunt Association
    Barn Hunt - American Kennel Club

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

kmuneca ,

Every parent should listen if you have dogs

I just found this podcast after listening to many and searching for this information. I had raised my two babies while having adult dogs and I wish this information was available at that time but we got through that stage. Now we are looking to adopt a new dog and my children are 3 and 6. My 3 year old was bit in the face by a dog we adopted after 3 weeks and I have been trying to learn as much as possible about kids and dog safety so we never have to experience that again. I can’t thank Michelle enough for providing such important and vital information to parents. I feel so much more hopeful now that I have this resource so that we can adopt and have a safe, happy relationship with our dog and family.

sage!!! ,

Excellent information!

As someone in dog rescue, up-to-date information on the dog/child relationship is key to success in the home.
Love this podcast!! If you have a dog and a child in your home it’s a must listen.

livelikewolfpack ,

Amazing

Love this podcast ! This was so great information ! Michelle is very knowledgeable and not only does she help parents myself as a professional dog trainer also learned tons of new ways too !

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