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

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…

Preparing your dog for your new baby

The wild hormones, the sleepless nights, the aching private bits, the scream of a new born baby… nothing can really prepare you for becoming a first-time parent. Bringing your baby home is daunting on its own, let alone trying to prepare your…
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How to tell your dog you’re pregnant…

It doesn’t usually happen, but I got sucked in. I bought a book called “how to tell your dog you’re pregnant.” Turns out they already know. In fact, after a bit of research I found some interesting facts about a dog’s early…
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How life changes for your dog after having a baby (or 2)...

Apologies to my regulars, it’s been sometime between posts. 3.5 years to be exact! And well, a lot has gone down in those last few years... A quick summary. My gorgeous first born (fur) baby, Cooper is now 5!!! Let's just say, Cooper's…

It’s amazing how natural instincts can take over

We had a little bit of an interesting experience with our Mr Cooper when we were down the coast in Phillip Island in February and I just wanted to share it with you all. It was a very good reminder that no matter how much we domesticate, love…

Dog Listening – a different approach to training your dog

Jase, Cooper and I have just completed a four week Dog Listener training course so I thought I would share our experience with you all and hopefully inspire you to take on this concept yourselves. Jase, Coop, Hayley, Tony and…