National Dog And Baby Safety Program Now Available In Greater Kansas City Metro Area

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Baby's homecoming should be a joyous event for everyone in the family. But unfortunately, the pitter-patter of little feet - not to mention the crying, chaotic schedules, and cranky parents that follow close on their heels - strikes fear in the heart of many a brave dog. Too many dogs lose their homes when, in a sleep-deprived haze their families decide that something has to give. Now, however, dogs and their families in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area can breathe a sigh of relief: Dogs&Storks is here to help!

Baby's homecoming should be a joyous event for everyone in the family. But unfortunately, the pitter-patter of little feet - not to mention the crying, chaotic schedules, and cranky parents that follow close on their heels - strikes fear in the heart of many a brave dog. Too many dogs lose their homes when, in a sleep-deprived haze their families decide that something has to give. Now, however, dogs and their families in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area can breathe a sigh of relief: Dogs&Storks is here to help!

Created in 2002, the national Dogs&Storks program has helped hundreds of expectant parents integrate their two-legged and four-legged family members using gentle, effective techniques that are also fun and safe. Jennifer Shryock, a certified dog behavior consultant, designed the program, drawing on her degree in Special Education, plus her experiences raising three children and over 70 foster-dogs. Since the program's inception in Shryock's native North Carolina, Dogs&Storks has recruited a select number of highly qualified canine behavior specialists to take this vital service to the public nationwide. Lenexa's Suezanne M. Law, owner of Sympawtico Dog Training, LLC, is Dogs&Storks' latest addition.

"I'm thrilled that Jennifer asked me to join Dogs&Storks," Law states. "I have been reaching out to families in the Kansas City area for a number of years now, specializing in training and behavior modification for the family dog. But unfortunately I usually see families after trouble has already begun. The Dogs&Storks program allows me to reach expectant couples before baby comes home so that everyone in the family is prepared for a safe and smooth transition into the busy new life that babies bring. That makes for happy homecomings, and happily ever after, too!" Shryock agrees, "We want to make education available even before families know they need it."

By teaching expectant families to understand their dogs' sensitivities, body language, and attention seeking behaviors, the Dogs&Storks program provides practical education during pregnancy and continued support after baby arrives. Licensed Dogs&Storks presenters help to address the concerns of expectant parents, decrease the stress associated with baby's arrival, and ensure the safety of all family members. Dogs&Storks offers private consultations as well as 2-hour semi-private workshops. And because presenters are not only educators, but also qualified professional dog trainers and behavior modification experts, they can design and implement management and training plans tailored to each family should the need for more in-depth intervention arise.

"What a gift it is for families to know that when their two-legged babies come home, they can keep their four-legged ones, too," says Law. Her clients agree. "Our eight-year-old dog, Oliver, is an important part of our family," writes new mom Angela. "We wanted to do all we could to keep him in the family after the baby came. Our vet and a friend of mine, who also had a new baby, both highly recommended Suezanne, so we called. Now he's like a new dog. The best part is that he has adjusted better than we could have imagined when we brought our baby home from the hospital. And he is very gentle around her."

Suezanne M. Law, owner of Sympawtico Dog Training, LLC, is the only Dogs&Storks presenter in the Midwest. She also offers reward-based group classes, private lessons, and behavior consultations for pet dogs and their families in the Greater Kansas City, Metro Area. For more information regarding reward-based training or the Dogs&Storks program, please visit http://www.sympawtico.com or http://www.dogsandstorks.com.

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