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Parenting with Pets Program

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Our Companions Parenting with Pets Program is on a mission to promote lasting relationships between children and dogs in the home!

Parenting with Pets is designed to be accessible to any and all families, whether you are in need of child-safe intervention with your pet or looking to have fun and enhance the bond between your child and their furry friends.


  • Education on Dog Body Language
  • Family-Friendly Positive Reinforcement Training for ALL ages
  • Safe Home Management Strategies
  • Community Outreach
  • Free Online Resources

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.

All Our Companions Behavior Programs follow a Pay-What-You-Can System, where clients can adjust the price of classes based on what they are willing and able to pay. The suggested price for this program is $275. This 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.

Our Companions strives to serve all members of our community regardless of income. If you are in need of financial assistance please contact us at [email protected] or 860-242-9999

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.

Do You Know The Risk?

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.

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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