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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

Pooch Parenting Michelle Stern

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 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 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

    81. Should You Bring Your Kids to the Dog Park

    81. Should You Bring Your Kids to the Dog Park

    Moms are often very busy, so it's understandable that they might try to do family outings that meet the needs of their kids and dogs at the same time. But unfortunately, dog parks are not a safe place to bring children. So, if the question ever enters your mind, "should I bring the kids with me to the dog park?", please opt out and consider what else might be an appropriate outing.
    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

    • 7 min
    80. Should Your Bring Home the Hospital Baby Blanket for Your Dog To Sniff

    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 smell
    They 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 sniff
    This 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 dogs
    Looking 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

    • 7 min
    79. Dog Safety with Toddlers Who Don't Stay in Bed at Night

    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 night
    If 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 dogs
    Listen 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

    • 7 min
    78. Should you let your dog lick your baby?

    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 babies
    Your 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 dogs
    Listen 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

    • 9 min
    77. 5 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Dog for New Baby

    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 baby
    Use 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 dogs
    Listen 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

    • 16 min
    76. Introducing the Parenting Kids and Dogs 101 Limited Series Podcast

    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 dogs
    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

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

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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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