Labor of Love: Pack a suitcase..pack a KONG.

Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), owner of Family Paws™ LLC in Cary, NC and holds a degree in Special Education. Jennifer is also U.S. VP of Doggone Safe a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support.  A recognized expert on child-dog interactions and safety, Jennifer has written and spoken extensively about these topics. Her two programs, Dogs & Storks® and the Dog & Baby Connection™ have been featured in national media from The Wall Street Journal to TV and radio. Jennifer Shryock offers some advice for keeping your dog calm through all of the excitement when that big day finally arrives.

 “This is advice I have given expecting families for the last decade!  About week 37 in pregnancy Moms are excited to pack a suitcase “just in case” labor begins early.  I highly recommend that part of preparing for labor is also planning for your dog.  Where will they be?  What will they be doing?  Moms in labor need to be able to focus and concentrate on their body and what they are experiencing.  Labor pains may cause behaviors in a woman that are not normally observed by the family dog and can cause concern.  Family Paws Parent Education recommends that all expecting families pack their suitcase for the hospital and then pack several yummy KONGs to be frozen and brought out only when labor begins.   These special labor KONGS should be packed with high value filling such as a meaty blended mix with some chunks in it or whatever is going to be amazing for your pooch.   Allowing your dog an awesome treat filled KONG in their own quiet space will allow Mom and Dad to focus on breathing and getting ready for the hospital is a great way to ease into this new chapter of family life.”

***** It is also a great idea to make a batch yummy stuffed KONGs for your coming home day as well.  What a great way to prepare for success!****

Jennifer’s Labor of Love Recipe

Boiled chicken

Chicken broth

Filet shreds

Blend chicken with broth to thick consistency. Stir in shredded filet or ground beef bits. Freeze for a longer lasting treat.