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Parenting with Pets Program

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Children are the most common victims of dog bites and have a 50% chance of being bitten before the age of 12. Over 70% of these bites occur in the home with dogs that are owned by a family member or friend. Despite these statistics, many parents are unaware of the increased risk children face with regard to pet-related injuries.

This is why Our Companions Animal Rescue has partnered with Certified Professional Dog Trainers and Family Paws Parent Educators, Beth Vincent and Anne Llewellyn, to create our Parenting with Pets Program.

Our mission is to help educate parents about the risk of dog bites and to promote bite prevention through recognition of stress signs in dogs, positive reinforcement training, and proper home management systems.

If you would like to participate in our Parenting with Pets Program, please contact us at 860-242-9999 or email [email protected]

Register for Our In-Home Program

Our Parenting with Pets Program is now offering an in-home private training program customized for the needs of your family. Beginning with an in-home consult, our Family Paws Parent Educator, Beth Vincent (CPDT-KA and FPPE), will work with you to design the best management and training plan for your dog(s). Follow-up training lessons are then scheduled to help coach your family through the training exercises and move closer to your goals.

The cost of this program is $150 and includes three, one-hour private sessions with email follow-up support. All lessons are taught using fear-free, positive reinforcement methods.

Our service area is limited to Tolland, Hartford, North New London, and North Middlesex counties. If you are outside of our service range, please view our Positive Professionals Page to search for positive-reinforcement trainers in your area.

Watch Our Free Webinar Series

The Parenting with Pets Program offers a series of free pre-recorded webinars tailored to the needs of families. These webinars explore multiple stages of childhood development and the unique challenges they may present to our dogs. Each webinar concludes with a scheduled live Q&A session.

Meet The Educators


Beth Vincent

Hi, I'm Beth Vincent.

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE). I have been a volunteer at Our Companions for 10 years and am the owner and founder of One Dog at a Time Dog Training.

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