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

Toilet Train your Toddler

When is the Right Time to Toilet Train your Toddler? And differences between Girls and Boys

Starting to Toilet Training your toddler is a big exciting step in your and your little one’s life! Although, let's be honest, how many of you dreaded this day? I know I did! But now that I have been through it twice, I can tell you, it’s…
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Secrets Out... Cooper and Kids Online Shop is Open for Business!

The reason I started up my blog was to give you guys lots of free and real content on all things dogs, kids and mum-life. And of course to help educate all parents and dog owners about managing safe interactions between dogs and children. The…
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Teach your Dog how to Behave around Children using Five Essential Commands

As parents, it is so important that we teach our kids how to interact safely with dogs, but as dog owners, it is also just as important to teach your dog how to behave around children. I’m not going to lie to you all today and say I have a…

Stay at home mum or working mum? It seems like you can’t win…

What type of mum are you? And are you happy and content with what you do? I really wish I didn’t care about what others thought. Some days I don’t, but some days I really do care and I wish I could just be happy and content in what I am…

MEL’S Q&A WITH RACHAEL: What can I do if my dog hates my toddler?

On the 1st of every month, I have decided to answer YOUR questions! Today, it’s Rachael’s turn to have her question answered. Have you ever asked yourself, what can I do if my dog hates my toddler? Rachael’s daughter has just started running…
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Parenting… Why we should Stop Yelling and Start Hugging More

Whilst away on an annual family getaway, Jase and I began reflecting about how we parent our kids. We decided that we want to stop yelling and start hugging more! It’s SO easy to lose your cool and get angry at your kids when they piss you…