Living With Kids and Dogs:

Not Always Easy ... but So Worthwhile!

Kids and dogs can be best friends ... if a wise parent sets them up for success.

Being the parent with kids and dogs isn't always easy. Good kids and good dogs will have miscommunications every day, but there are many simple strategies you can use to make your life less chaotic, more cooperative, and lots more fun.

Colleen Pelar, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Over more than 25 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 kids and dogs to 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. She also co-hosts Your Family Dog, a podcast dedicated to helping families love living with dogs.

Colleen oversees numerous group classes, private lessons, behavioral evaluations, and behavior modification programs at All About Dogs in Northern Virginia. 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.

Colleen gives presentations around the country, educating people about how to live safely with kids and dogs. She previously 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 encounter on the job.

An active member of 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.