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Dogs and Babies — Play It Safe!
I offer my lecture classes in San Diego through the Women’s Education department at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital and Scripps Community Health programs. Currently, it is a 2.5 hour multimedia workshop for people only (no dogs). See separate tab for my other classes where we work specifically with the dogs on real life skills. (Classes can be taken in any order.)
Dogs and Babies – Play It Safe helps expectant parents prepare their family pet for baby’s arrival with an eye towards everyone living “happily ever after.” Problems that put young children at risk and cause family dogs to lose their homes are more common than you think (even for “good dogs”) but are completely avoidable.
Class includes a detailed personal profile of your dog(s), redefined expectations for dogs and babies together, training tips and lots of “what to do when…” situations from first day home through toddlerhood. A detailed handout and further resources are provided for your reference.
This class is designed for expectant parents and those with babies up to the crawling stage and should be taken as early as possible to best address the needs of your dog(s) and your family. However, you’ll still get a lot out of it if your child is older or even if you are not yet pregnant.
NOTE: Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. Classes often fill up about two month in advance. Your best bet is to register for whatever class is open and request through the hospital registration process to be put on a waiting list for earlier openings. Sharp will add additional classes as needed to keep the wait down so you may get in earlier than you think. Also, anyone can come to the classes — you do not need to be having a baby at either hospital.
Scripps Classes (held at Well Being Center at UTC Mall)
Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM at Scripps Well Being in UTC
Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM at Scripps Well Being in UTC
Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM at Scripps Well Being in UTC
Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM at Scripps Well Being in UTC
Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM at Scripps Well Being in UTC
Sharp Hospital Classes (held in Kearny Mesa area)
Contact: 1-800-82-SHARP or www.sharp.com
10/12/2011 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Wednesday at Sharp Mary Birch – Knollwood Bldg
10/15/2011 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday at Sharp Mary Birch – Knollwood Bldg
11/15/2011 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Tuesday at Sharp Mary Birch – Knollwood Bldg
12/17/2011 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday at Sharp Mary Birch – Knollwood Bldg
Upon request, I can also tailor presentations to small groups and include more tailored interaction and even some hands-on dog training. This can be a fun option for a group of friends — you don’t even have to be pregnant (!) and it will still be incredibly helpful if you’re already had your baby.