Welcome To Cooper and Kids
Cooper and Kids specialises in creating safe, happy and positive relationships between babies, kids and dogs.
We use positive science-based training methods to educate families around the safety of living together with babies, kids and dogs.
We are passionate about helping expecting families prepare their dogs for life with a baby or toddler, we also offer help to families wanting to introduce a new puppy or dog into the home.
Cooper and Kids is here to support and prepare you at each phase of your journey.
At Cooper and Kids We Believe In
Dog and Child Safety
Family Friendly Dog Training
Building Positive Relationships
Positive Reinforcement Science-based Training
Mel is an IAABC accredited dog trainer and a busy mum to three young children and her Golden retriever, Cooper. She absolutely understands the chaos and the juggle that comes with running a busy house. Mel has a psychology background and has always had a serious love for dogs as well as a love for learning about the science of behaviour.
The aim of Cooper and Kids is to help educate families and dog owners about the importance of using positive reinforcement training to help build better and safer relationships. Mel is also a Family Paws® Parent Educator, dedicated to helping families create dog aware generations.
What My Clients Are Saying
“We followed all of Mel’s suggestions in preparation for our first baby and it’s been very successful. Our dog, Obi has been amazing with her little sister, Mia, since bringing her home from hospital. So gentle and caring! Thank you!”
“Mel has been an absolute god send for our little family. Our 2 year old Labrador is full of energy, so once we found out we were pregnant our first thought went to ‘how are we going to manage this energetic dog and a newborn baby?’; enter Mel! Mel visited our house and spent the time getting to know our dog and understanding our lifestyle to provide us with key insights as to how to ensure Freddy’s manners were up to scratch and helped us to create a plan in the lead up to our baby being born. Following our catch up Mel has continued to check into see how Freddy is tracking. Mel has gone above and beyond for us and we couldn’t be more grateful for her ongoing support.”
“Mel seriously from the bottom of our hearts thank you so much for today! We appreciate your help so much!! Everything you told us makes so much sense and will help manage when the baby comes….. Again thank you so much, you really know what you’re talking about and your passion for dogs and dogs with kids is amazing!”
“Mel was incredibly helpful when we spoke to her about our puppy Mickey and how to manage some typical puppy behaviours! She was so knowledgeable about the positive reinforcement training and had a helpful answer to all of our endless questions. Particularly during these times of social distancing, it was great to be able to access excellent advice over the phone. We have seen massive positive differences in our pups behaviour since implementing Mel’s techniques.”
Dog bites to children are far too common. So let’s