Dog Training & Support For Expecting Families:
Our Doggy Doula℠Service
Many questions arise in families with dogs when they learn they that are expecting a baby, or planning to adopt one: “How will this change affect our dog”?, “Should we prepare in advance?“, “How do we fix our dog’s unwanted behaviors?”, “What’s the best way to introduce our baby to the dog?”, and many more. As a professional dog trainer and certified Family Paws Parent Educator, our founder Tanya Lim is passionate about helping expecting families navigate through this exciting time in order to achieve success and decrease stress.
Many families report changes in their dog’s behavior during pregnancy such as their dog being more clingy, fearful or affectionate. It is extremely important to prepare your dog in advance for the major life changes that are bound to occur once your baby arrives home!
Knowing that you and your dog are fully prepared for life with a newborn will leave you with the much-needed physical, mental and emotional space to fully care for and bond with your child.
How We Can Help:
Support During The First Trimester:
Create a dog training plan in order to modify any unwanted behaviors.
Teach/refresh your dog’s ability to respond to basic obedience cues. The more skills your dog has, the more options you can give them to succeed in times of stress.
Determine, reduce, eliminate your dog’s attention seeking behaviors by modifying your initial responses.
Support During The Second Trimester:
Prepare your dog for life with a newborn by practicing with a doll — your dog will generalize the ability to respond to you while your posture is different; you’ll get to observe your dog’s reaction when you move or pass the baby, and more.
Learn how to incorporate and prepare your dog for the use of “Success Stations” in your home.
Prepare your dog for the baby equipment — it can excite/stress out your dog with the movements and sounds it makes. Teaching your dog to remain calm and create positive associations is essential.
Support During The Third Trimester & After Your Baby Is Born:
Create a “Homecoming Plan” of how you’d like your new life with baby and dog to come to reality.
Prepare yourself & your dog for labor day — create a plan for your dog’s care. We’ll help you with tips and local recommendations.
Prepare for the first days & weeks at home — create a positive association between the baby and the dog, keep your dog happy and occupied & include your dog in the day to day life with your baby.
Our Rates & Packages
Initial Consult: $125/90min
During this visit we’ll learn more about your dog and your training goals. This will help us recommend a training package & create a personalized training plan that best suits your family’s needs.
Subsequent sessions (a la carte): $100/60min
We’ll work on the training plan and coach your family throughout the process. After each session you’ll receive fun homework exercises & informational handouts supplemented by the Family Paws Parent Education Program.
A package is the best way to accomplish your goals. Here are our options:
3 Sessions: $285
6 Sessions: $540
9 Sessions: $765
To learn more about this service, please check out our “What Is A Doggy Doula?” article here.
Check out Family Paws Parent Education’s video below for more information: