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Kids and Dogs

At times, Kids and Dogs can be a tricky combo. 
As one of only three certified Family Paws Parent Educators in Manhattan, Rachel specializes in helping expectant families, and families with kids of all ages, create a safe and stress-free home. 
Whether you are expecting a new child, need help troubleshooting the relationship between your dog and your kids, or are bringing a new dog into your home with kids, Leash and Learn can help your family proactively adjust to the changes in your household. 

Have a dog and welcoming a child?

First, congratulations! Welcoming home a new child is something to celebrate. With that, a new child presents many changes in your family, for both you and your dog. Preparing your family for life with a dog and a child ahead of time can help keep your child safe, prevent stress, and increase your success. 

Working as a team before your new child arrives with Leash and Learn's customized family plan:

  • Helps keep your child safe

  • Prevents stress

  • Increases success

  • Sets your dog, your home, and yourself up for success

  • Discusses safe intros

  • Creates realistic expectations

  • Helps your dog adjust more quickly to life with kids

  • Teaches your dog essential skills for life with baby

  • As your baby grows Leash and Learn can help your family prepare for life with a toddler

It is recommended that you begin lessons as soon as you know you are expecting a new addition. The more time your family has to prepare the better. But, it's never too late to do family dog training and help your family prepare for life with dogs and babies & kids!

Have a dog and kids and experiencing growing pains?

If you have a family dog and kids, and are noticing behaviors that are concerning or scary, Leash and Learn can help you troubleshoot.

Leash and Learn employs positive reinforcement training techniques to develop a customized training plan and to help you address the behavior. 


  • Rachel comes to your home for your initial consultation

  • Rachel take a detailed history, and observe your dog's behavior

  • Together we determine realistic goals and create a plan

  • We begin training exercises

  • Safety and management are implemented

  • When necessary, Rachel will work in conjunction with your Veterinarian or Veterinary Behaviorist to ensure the greatest success for your dog

  • Follow up lessons are available in packages of 4 or 8. Rachel will tell you which option fits you best. It is recommended that lessons are spaced about 2 weeks apart for maximum success


Have kids and welcoming a new dog?

A new dog can be a great addition to a family. Dogs give unconditional love and can be a kid's best friend. But, it is important to make sure everyone gets off on the right foot. Leash and Learn can help your family safely welcome home a new dog. Investing in training before any problems arise pays off tenfold down the road. Preventing problems is easier than fixing them.


By including the whole family during training sessions and focusing on building strong relationships between your family and your new dog, Leash and Learn will help everyone stay safe and teach you how to include your dog in daily family activities. 

New dog lessons can even start before your dog arrives!

Client Love - Ella and Miles

The training Rachel provides brings calm, solid, and lasting betterment to the entire household at large. Ella is better. Miles is better.  We feel stronger. Our daughter is safer. And it is through Rachel’s consistent and steady work that we have come this far without it ever really feeling like “work”.  Thank you, Rachel. 

We couldn’t be more grateful.


Talk to Us!

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Get the Ball Rolling!

Schedule your free 15-minute phone call with Rachel 

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Training Packages & Prices

Step One - Initial Evaluation

Your initial evaluation lays the groundwork for all of your dog's training and any follow-up packages. We sit down together in your home, assess your dog's current behavior, set goals, and begin with the most pertinent training exercises. 

3-5 days after your initial evaluation, you receive a customized training plan and an overview of the themes discussed during your appointment. 

Assess your dog's current behavior

Determine achievable goals 

Discuss follow up package recommendations 

Start training foundation skills

Customized written training plan and assessment






Initial Evaluation

1 Appoinment

90 - 120 Minutes


Step Two - Training Packages

To reach your goals, most training will require a package of follow-up lessons. 

Leash and Learn understands that both time and money are valuable. That’s why we have developed two types of training programs. Our “basics” programs saves you money. Our “jumpstart” programs save you time.


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Jumpstart Packages

Save time!

We train your dog for you!

Perfect for busy, on the go New Yorkers who would like a well-trained dog but don’t have the time to fit training into their schedule on a daily basis.

3 lessons per week, you are not required to attend.

Each lesson is 1 hour long.

Appropriate for some training challenges.

You receive an update in your training log after each lesson.

We meet together every 2 weeks.

Faster, longer-lasting results.






Starter Package

12 Lessons


Standard Package

24 Lessons


Superior Package

30 Lessons 




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Basic Packages

Save money!

We teach you how to train your dog!

Perfect for people who want to learn how to train their dog and have time every day to practice.

1 lesson per week, you are required to attend.

Each lesson is 1 hour long.

Appropriate for all training challenges.

You receive an update in your training log after each lesson.

We meet together every week.

Long-lasting results.





Silver Package

4 Lessons


Gold Package

8 Lessons


Need Help?


Feeling overwhelmed or unsure? Don’t worry! Part of the initial evaluation is discussing your goals, and the best way to get you there. Leash and Learn will guide your choice and clearly explain which investment is appropriate for your family. Whichever option you choose, we’ll work as a team to solve your problems and overcome challenges. Through humane, science-based, positive reinforcement training, you can feel comfortable knowing your dog is happy, healthy and progressing.


What questions can we answer for you? Let us know during your free 15-minute phone call or by sending us an email. 

We love hearing from you!

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