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The Family Dog Class

The Family Dog Class

In this class, you’ll learn how to prepare your pup-loving household for a baby…and how to keep safety and fun at the forefront once your little one arrives. You’ll also learn how to leave peacefully with dogs and young children–no matter which family member came first.
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By NurturedNest

Dogs are a beloved member of many families; for many couples, in fact, a puppy serves as a sort of “training ground” for parenthood! But adding a baby to the mix can change the landscape significantly--in both fun and challenging ways. 

Before mixing babies, toddlers, or preschoolers and dogs, allow our experts, Sue McKinney and Sheri Phillips-Majmundar, to give you the insight you need to create the best life for the whole family.

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What you'll learn

  •  Dog training approaches
  •  Strategies for training a dog while parenting
  •  Ideas for helping your existing dog adjust to a new baby and young children
  •  Critical information about child behavior around dogs
  •  Common challenges with dogs and children

Plus bonus content: 

  •  A guide to picking the best dog products 
  •   A guide to properly socializing your puppy
  •   Real videos from real families with young children and their family dogs
  •   A creative feeding guide for dogs

Meet the educators

Sue McKinney, MSW, CPDT-KA, CNWI, owns the Whole Dog Institute in Durham, NC. She has been the owner and primary trainer since 2008. Sue’s unique background as a Master in Social Work informs her dog training work: She focuses on teaching the human side of the partnership how to better understand their dogs and so to communicate and train more effectively. Through lively, fun exercises and lectures, Sue helps handlers figure out the reasons behind their dogs' behavior. Her goal is to lead to a greater appreciation of the dogs we own. Sue has worked with hundreds of families to integrate their new canine family members into the household. Sue focuses on child safety first and foremost when she is working with expectant parents or clients with newborns, toddlers, and older children.

Sheri Phillips-Majmundar is originally from Syracuse, New York and graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. After graduating from St. Francis College, Sheri and her husband moved to the Triangle in 1996nwith plans for her to attend veterinary school at NC State. Before she arrived, she saw there was a puppy class at Northwoods Animal and wanted to be part of it. She loved teaching it so much that she studied with Sherri Dodson to learn the Start Them Right curriculum, eschewing plans for veterinary medicine to focus on working directly with pet owners. She joined Northwoods Animal as a veterinary teach and is now the practice manager. Sherri is passionate about filling the gap between training and behavior that so many families need to have a smooth transition into a family that includes a dog. 

Course format

How is the class presented?

We use a combination of on-demand video, audio, and print files.

This course fully self-paced allowing you to learn on your own schedule. It's divided into chapters enabling you to pause and return as needed.

Why on-demand?

Because adult's brains are similar to a muscle, they need alternating periods of rest and recovery to synthesize new ideas and concepts. When learners receive information in short chunks, rest, reflect, then return is how adults learn best.

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  • Expert led

    Content created by top-notch parenting experts paired with medical professionals–the kind who eat, sleep, and breathe their field of study. Access their years of collective experience & expertise.

  • On demand

    Watch and learn on your schedule through our online portal. Classes are broken into short chapters so you control the pace. Revisit all of the content at any time. Adults learn best when they are able to rest, reflect, and return to the material.

  • Engaging

    Created by a team of adult learning experts, videographers, and designers to bring you engaging on-demand classes combining video, audio, and print.

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Why we're fans of

Nurtured Nest

Parenting is a learned skill: why not learn from the best, on your own schedule? Nurtured Nest classes integrate up-to-date birth and parenting research, cutting-edge adult learning practices, and engaging expert educators, ensuring parents are ready to take on each new adventure in building their family.

Parents, professionals, educators

Nurtured Nest pairs medical professionals, parenting experts, and top notch educators ensuring classes evidence-based, informative, professional, & engaging


Love in instinctual, parenting is not. Taking a parenting class is not a reflection on your ability—in fact it’s the opposite. Nurtured Nest opens a collective sum of experience and knowledge to navigate the overwhelm and demand of parenting,

Learn at your own pace

It's busy being a parent. On demand classes allow you to learn on your own terms when and where ever you choose. You're also able to return to the content to rewatch at your leisure.

An equitable approach

They're aware learners come from diverse cultural backgrounds and strive to ensure BIPOC, LGBTQI+, adoptive, & single parents all feel seen, valued, and represented in their materials and course content.