Dogs to Diapers

Setting your dog up for success around a baby

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 6 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $25.00

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The family dog is often not properly prepared for the arrival of a newborn resulting in the dog becoming isolated or re-homed. Carrie Silva Wooddell, a professional dog trainer with over sixteen years of experience, teaches families how to better understand their dog and demonstrates how to prepare and introduce their dog to their new baby.

In recent years the number of child dog bites has risen. Keep your baby safe by learning the warning signs to watch for when your dog is around your baby. Not only does Carrie offer the perspective of an accredited dog trainer but this video follows her personal journey from being pregnant and sharing the same concerns as many first time moms who love their dogs.

This course is designed for any parent, grandparent, family member or friend that owns dogs and will have them around a newborn or young babies.  


Expecting families or Friends/Family/Co-Workers of somebody who is expecting who owns a dog. Doulas, Birth Coaches/Birth Educators, Ob Gyns





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Is this information pertinent to me if I am a grandmother who owns a dog and will be watching the baby part time at my home?

Yes!  Your dog needs the same rules, boundaries and jobs since the baby will be in your home environment.  Don't think just because it is a part time visit that situations with baby and dog will be left determined on their own.  Remember your dog is used to his/her routines and habits.  Once the baby starts visiting all that will change.  We don't want your dog to become stressed or anxious around the baby.  This course will show you how to start implementing changes to help your dog adjust and teach him/her their role once the baby is in the picture.  We want to set the dog up for success around the baby and do everything we can to help for an organic bond.  

My dog has been around kids and never had an issue, do I need this information?

Yes!  A child and a newborn/baby are a completely different picture for your dog.  Most likely your dog hasn’t been exposed to the cries of a newborn.  In some cases, a dog can become stimulated by an infant screaming and moving.  This can trigger a predatory response in your dog and endanger your baby.  

*According to fatal dog attacks statistics, the age group with the highest number of fatalities our children under the age of one year old and account for 19% of the deaths due to dog attacks. 
*Of these, 72% of deaths were newborns less than 90 days old.

Your dog might not perceive your newborn as a human.  There are ways we can test our dog to help us know how to train and prepare them for the arrival of your baby.

My dog has always been fearful and has even snapped at a few people, will they be safe around my baby?

Any dog is capable of biting even if they have not displayed any aggression.  I have trained dogs that are fearful around strangers and they have completely accepted the baby as one of their family members.  There are many factors that determine when a dog will not be safe around a baby and until you educate yourself and train your dog for a baby then we can't make any assumptions on how our dog will respond to the baby and the changes.  

Are there certain breeds that are more prone to bite young kids?

It’s important to understand that any dog, whether they are friendly, aggressive, reactive, easy going, service dogs, police dogs, professionally trained dogs, or even dogs that have been raised around children are capable of biting.

It's also important to know that different breeds have different styles of how they bite and therefore they can cause more serious damage if they do bite.  



What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?

DVD:  49 minutes (physical copy)
Stream:  49 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere
Online Course:  37 videos (72 minutes), additional text content, discussion board,  lifetime access, stream from anywhere
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