Living with kids and dogs isn't always easy, but the rewards can be great.

Moms and dads who know what to look for and when to intervene can make the difference between good and bad kid-and-dog relationships. You make the difference.


I receive lots of questions from dads, moms, and dog trainers about kids and dogs. Take a peek in my mailbag or read some of my articles.

If you have a question, feel free to send it to me. I can't answer every question I receive, but I answer many.


Over the years, we've developed a variety of products to help caring parents and committed dog professionals distinguish between good and bad interactions and to foster safe, healthy, fun relationships between kids and dogs. Check them out.

Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Helping families love living with kids and dogs since 1991

Living with Kids & DogsFor more than 20 years of helping parents navigate the challenges of living with kids and dogs, Colleen Pelar has honed a unique perspective filled with humor and practical, easy-to-implement tips for success. Colleen wants to ensure that kids and dogs have happy, healthy relationships. To further that goal, she has written three books, Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind (second edition), Kids and Dogs: A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families and Puppy Training for Kids.

Kids & Dogs bookAs training manager of All About Dogs, LLC, the largest dog-training facility in northern Virginia, Colleen oversees numerous group classes, private lessons, behavioral evaluations, and behavior modification programs. Named one of the best training facilities in the D.C. area by Washingtonian magazine, All About Dogs caters to families and looks for ways to help parents successfully integrate a dog into their busy lives.

Puppy Training for KidsColleen gives presentations around the country, educating people about how to live safely with kids and dogs. She has also served as an instructor at the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Academy where she taught police officers how to interact with the many dogs they’ll encounter on the job.

An active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Colleen regularly attends dog-training seminars and has earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) titles.

Colleen is also proud to be a Family Paws Parent Education presenter offering Dogs & Storks and the Dog and Baby Connection workshops to families in Northern Virginia.

Family Paws Parent EducationDogs & Storks



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