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Parenting with Pets

Preparing Families with Dogs for Life

Sixty percent of the Helpline calls Our Companions receives are aggression related. Dog bites have always been problematic; however, most prevention programs only focus on how to avoid being bitten during interactions with unfamiliar dogs on a leash, or when encountering loose stray dogs. In order to combat the seventy-seven percent of dog bites that involve family dogs, Our Companions Animal Rescue has partnered with Beth Vincent, ABCDT owner of One Dog at a Time, to help families create a safe home for children and their pets, creating a program called Parenting with Pets.

    • 7 million dog bites happen every year in America.
    • 50 % of injured people are children, most of them are between the ages of 5 to 9.
    • 50 % of our children will be bitten by the age of 12.
    • 77% of these dog bites come from a family’s own dog or a friend’s dogs.

                              Humane Society of the United States and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & American Veterinary Medical Association

This brand-new community service offers a structured training curriculum for parents to learn proactive ways of keeping children safe with their dogs in the home. Two main goals of the program are:

  • To educate parents about the prevalence of dog bites
  • To promote bite prevention through recognition of stress signs in dogs, positive reinforcement training, and proper home management systems

The Parenting with Pets Program consists of a series of webinars. These webinars are free and tailored to the needs of families, focusing on four separate child life stages: pre-baby/infant, toddler, preschool and school age. Each pre-recorded webinar concludes with a scheduled live question and answer session. Separately, an individualized dog training session with Vincent can be arranged at no cost.

To learn more about our Parenting with Pets program or if you would like to schedule an introductory training session with Beth Vincent, please contact our Helpline at 860-242-9999 or email Helpline@OurCompanions.org.