So you will soon be adding a new member of the human variety to your family. This is a time of excitement, wonder, preparation, and sheer terror at times.
Take a deep breath- you are going through the typical emotions of every expectant parent.
Because preparation is such a big part of this process, you wonder if you are forgetting anything. The fact that you are reading about this program shows that you care about your canine charge, and want to make sure that you take the necessary steps to mitigate any issues once baby arrives.
Good for you!
Your pup will have NO idea what hit it. While you are busy adapting to your new chapter in life as a new parent, your dog will also have to do some major adjusting. He will be baffled by the tiny bundle that screams, poops, and is carried around by you 24/7. (No, I'm not really exaggerating. It is round-the-clock with new infants. But take heart, this particular phase really is temporary). But yes, your dog will wonder what you are up to and why he's not getting the attention he's used to.
Then baby will start to get mobile, and now puppy will be under attack by a curious, clumsy infant. Who likes to pull the fur, the tail, the ears, and poke eyes. Oh, and this creature drools more than a hungry St. Bernard! (You may want to load up on bibs for when teething starts...) And did I forget to mention the squeals that are emitted for no apparent reason? And then your dog will try to move out of the way of this tiny explorer, only to cause the baby to tumble to the floor, resulting in even more noise, now in the form of wails.
And after this, it gets complicated, what with crawling, unstable walking, and sharing of snacks.
Face it- your dog is going to need your help.
The Waggers and Diapers℠ program will help you take the necessary steps to prepare you and your dog for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Using the program from Family Paws Parent Education, it will also help you understand some of the changes that will most likely come your way, and how they will affect the routine that you currently have with your pup.
This isn't about babyproofing your dog. Your dog will always be a dog. This is about helping you, as the parents, understand how to best change your routine so that your baby and your dog can enjoy each other safely, while making sure that your pup understands how to respond to you once baby comes home.
There is much to do, so the sooner you can start to prepare you dog, the better off you will all be. Keep in mind that your pup thrives on routines, so the longer you have her "rehearsing" the appropriate behaviors prior to baby arriving, the less stressed she will be, making the transition to this new phase in all your lives that much easier.
Format & Pricing
One-on-one Online Parent & Dog Training Coaching Program
12 coaching sessions (30 minutes) 2x per week
During these private online sessions, you will be coached on understanding your dog's body language, how to set yourselves and your dog up for success and safety, and how to teach your dog, step-by-step, the behaviors that will make everyone's life easier.
Live demonstrations of each training step with the trainer's dog will help you understand the learning process.
You will also learn how to accurately read and interpret your dog's body language so you can respond to your dog's needs.
Finally, you will learn about your baby's developmental milestones and what that means for your dog - and how to best prepare yourselves and your dog for them.
weekly written instructions
You'll receive weekly instructions detailing the things you can do to prepare your dog for this major life change.
access to recorded coaching sessions
Don't quite remember a detail of what we covered? No worries! You'll have a personal link to your coaching sessions for you to review whenever you need.
One-time payment of
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you train my dog via a Zoom meeting?
Online coaching for dog training is actually quite effective. Because we only use methods that are recommended by the Veterinary and Applied Animal Behavior communities, as your instructor, I don't need to touch your dog to help you train her, nor do I need to use any electronic remote collars to do so, either. It may sound like magic, but it's not. It's science.
Even when I was coaching clients in person, I never touched the dogs we worked with (unless the dog solicited petting from me- which I never turned down. I'm not a monster.).
What do I need for online coaching?
- A reliable internet connection
- An internet-ready camera (most computers have them built in), or if you are using a tablet, it will have one.
- Speakers for your device so you can hear me (most have them built in)
- Microphone for your device so that I can hear you (most have one built in)
I can provide you with a video that will show you how to join a Zoom meeting if you need it.
What if I have questions on my dog's behavior outside of the coaching sessions?
I will be available via email to answer and support you throughout the program.
How do I schedule my coaching sessions?
Once you sign up for the program, you'll receive further instructions on how to book a time for your appointment.
Don't worry- it's super easy and you do it right from your dedicated coaching area. 😊
Do you have a refund policy?
Due to the personalized nature of this coaching program, there are no refunds once you sign up.
When you are ready to commit, we'll be there for you 100% of the way.
Can I purchase coaching more than once?
Absolutely! If you find yourself in need of coaching more than once, simply purchase the program again.
Is this program guaranteed?
It would be unethical for us to offer any type of guarantee when it comes to the behavior of any dog. What you can be sure of, however, is that you will be getting solid, evidence-based coaching and guidance on how to help your dog improve his behavior!