After five years of doing our Spawned Parenting podcast, we figured it was about time to do an episode about pets, and who better than my friend, Victoria Schade, who happens to be a sought-after dog trainer and author. She imparts her infinite wisdom about our furry friends on everything from how to know when it’s the right time to get a pet, and what you need in your home before you bring a pet home, to a whole lot of fixes for those problem behaviors. As someone with 3 dogs (yes, I know. 3!), her advice is invaluable. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

You can listen right now to Victoria’s awesome tips, and then be sure to subscribe to Spawned Parenting Podcast on Apple Podcasts (or your favorite podcast app) so you never miss an episode.

Topics we cover on this week’s podcast

Dog trainer and author Victoria Schade on Spawned podcast

Yes! Victoria is a trainer at Puppy Bowl. How cool is that? 

–  How to know if your family is ready for a pet.

– Ways your family can “practice” before getting your own. (This is such a great idea!)

– What she likes to see in a home before people get a pet.

– Whether kids should be involved in training.

– Why rescue dogs are the best, and how to find the right one for you.

– A super smart tip for helping kids who might be unsure of dogs.

And a whole lot more.

Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade

Victoria’s new book, Who Rescued Who, is such a fun read, mamas. There’s romance, a sexy guy with a British accent, and a cute furry friend. What more could you want? You can pre-order her book at or hit up your favorite local bookstore.

About our Sponsor 

The 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge | sponsor

We’re happy to welcome Discovery Education and 3M as our show’s sponsor, and we’re even happier to announce that the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge is live. Now through April 21, 2020, middle school students can enter to win a $25,000 grand prize, plus, there’s an amazing opportunity for the top ten finalists, who will get to participate in a summer mentorship with a 3M scientist and receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the 3M Innovation Center. All your kids have to do is create a 1-2 minute video sharing their unique solution to an everyday problem. That’s it! And while you’re entering this challenge, don’t miss all the great free STEM resources over at Young Scientist Lab.

Cool Picks of the Week 

Bark Pops white cheddar dog treats

Victoria: Bark Pops white cheddar dog treats, for the puppers, and Weleda Pomegranate Replenishing Hand Cream, for the dog parents.

Kristen: TikTok videos! She’s been doing them with her daughter as a way to connect with her (yay tweens), and now Liz and her daughter Sage have joined in. We’ve now got a Cool Mom Picks TikTok battle. Follow us on Instagram to see them!

Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon affiliate. 

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