Dog Training & Support For Expecting Families

Many questions arise in families with dogs when they learn they are expecting a baby, or planning to adopt one: “How would the 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 much-needed physical, mental and emotional space to fully care for and bond with your child.

How we can help you through every stage along the way:

Support During The FIRST TRIMESTER:

  • Assess your dog’s behavior. This will help us create a training plan in order to modify any unwanted behaviors.

  • Teach/refresh your dog’s ability to respond to basic obedience commands: place, sit, down, look, touch, leave it, find It, off… the list goes on. 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 — barking, jumping, whining, pawing, being destructive, etc.

  • Learn About “Success Stations”. These designated spots will help you manage your dog’s placement in your home in order to set them up for success.

Support During The SECOND TRIMESTER:

  • Advance your dog’s skills to responding to cues at a comfortable distance, wherever or whenever that may be. It is important for you, as new parents, to have confidence in your ability to control your dog under all circumstances.

  • Prepare your dog for life with a newborn by practicing with a baby doll. The benefits to this exercise are many! Examples: generalizing your dog’s ability to respond to you while your posture is different and while your hands are full; prepare your dog for baby talk that’s not directed towards him; observe your dog’s reaction when you move or pass the baby, and more.

  • We’ll create a list of fun & helpful games you can play with your dog in order to maintain your relationship, provide mental stimulation & include your dog & baby in the fun!

Support During The THIRD TRIMESTER:

  • Learn about the different types of supervision! These are extremely important and will help you become aware of essential dog/baby safety information.

  • We’ll help prepare your dog for the baby equipment. The movements/sounds that they make, such as vibrating, playing music, rotating, etc., can excite/stress out your dog who might be used to a certain home environment. Working with your dog in advance in order to make sure he/she’s able to remain calm and create positive association is essential.

  • Create a “Homecoming Plan”. We’ll create a vision of how you’d like your new life with baby and dog to come to reality and how your dog should behave then. And since bringing your baby home is an exciting (and excitable) time for everyone in the household, we’ll work on creating calm and safe interactions that will allow your dog to act appropriately around the baby.

  • Tips on how to prepare yourself & your dog for labor day. As you near your due date, there are many things to consider. It’s essential to create a plan for your dog’s care during this time. We’ll help you with tips and local recommendations.

  • Preparing for the first days & weeks at home. Maternal and paternal instincts can be very strong at this time. Having a plan to go by will help reduce a lot of the stress during this initial stage. We’ll provide tips on how to create a positive association between the baby and the dog, how to keep your dog happy and occupied, and how to include your dog in the day to day life with your baby.

Our Training Services

Our Initial Consultation usually lasts about 90mins. During this time we’ll assess your dog’s behavior and discuss your training goals. You’ll also receive a broad overview presentation of the most essential information needed in order to prepare yourselves and your dog for this major life change bound to occur.

Our Follow-Up Sessions are 60min long. Each session will cover one or more specific behavior(s) and training cue(s) and a particular exercise and a piece of essential information. We recommend starting out with a package of 6 training sessions in order to help build good habits and achieve desired progress. We’ll email you a summary after each session accompanied by fun homework exercises & handouts supplemented by the Family Paws Parent Education Program.”

Our Rates

Initial Consultation: $125/90min Follow-Up Sessions: $100/60min

*Receive a 10% discount when you purchase a package of 3 or more sessions.

Ready to start preparing your dog for your baby?

Check out Family Paws Parent Education’s video below for more information: