Cooper and Kids is my story of motherhood and the juggle between being a mum, a wife and a crazy dog lady. As a qualified dog trainer, I will share my story, knowledge, training tips and advice to help parents better understand the do’s and don’ts of living together with kids and dogs. Mel xox

The importance of Mum "ME time"

Do you ever feel like you just want to hide for a few hours and not have to “parent”. Like you’re just at breaking point and need a little time out? Being a mum is hard work! It’s totally selfless and non-stop. But all of us mums need…

Managing feeding time at the Zoo (with your kids and dog)!

Anyone with young kids will know that feeding time can be quite messy, hectic and stressful at the best of times, then add a dog in the mix and it can really turn to chaos. From your dog stalking your kids, to stealing their food, licking…
toddler-tantrum

Reducing toddler tantrums 101

  First off, I must say, that I don’t think there is a magic cure for tantrums! Kids will be kids and they will have tantrums, they will whinge and wine! That’s life. But I do think, there are ways of managing these tantrums and…
pregnancy

My Conception Story #1 - The plan versus the reality

It’s crazy to think that so many women are afraid to open up about how hard conceiving a baby can be. I know, I was! As I sit here today, I’m still slightly nervous about revealing such a private story but after much thought I’ve finally…
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Five tips for dealing with that 'dog guilt' and a new baby

Life with a new born baby is a bloody hard adjustment as it is, let alone throwing in the guilt that you just don’t have as much time for your precious fur-baby anymore! I know for me, this has been one of the hardest things to deal with as…

Introducing your dog to your new baby

Not sure if you can tell by the huge smile on my face in the pic below, but this moment was probably one of the most exciting and special moments of my life! For me, and for like many of you other mummas or mummas to be, bringing your new baby…