UPDATE: CLASSES ARE NOW BEING TAUGHT BY JODY AMBROSE OF TRAIN WITH TRUST. I took off with my family on a year long motorhome trip in late June 2014 and Jody is graciously taking over the classes. She is awesome! The material will remain the same until further notice and Jody and I will collaborate on any questions that need my input. Sharp Hospital will update their website as soon as they get the new contract finalized and the dates back on the schedule.
Dogs and Babies – Play It Safe! classes are offered in San Diego through the Women’s Education department at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital and Scripps Community Health programs and (occasionally) the Birth Education Center of San Diego. Currently, it is a 3 hour multimedia workshop for people only (no dogs).
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 months in advance at Sharp. 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 due to other people rescheduling. Also, anyone can come to any of the classes — you do not need to be affiliated with the particular organization – heck, you don’t even have to be pregnant!
Cost: $35-40 per couple, depending on hospital location
Scripps Classes (held at Well Being Center at UTC Mall)
Sharp Hospital Classes (Kearny Mesa)
Registration: 1-800-82-SHARP or view open classes and register online
Birth Education Center of San Diego (Scripps Ranch)
Registration: Classes are scheduled as needed, call for information, 858-863-6232 or see website
|Monday, August 04, 2014||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Sunday, August 10, 2014||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps Well-Being Center, UTC Mall|
|Saturday, August 16, 2014||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Tuesday, September 16, 2014||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Monday, October 06, 2014||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Saturday, October 18, 2014||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Sunday, November 02, 2014||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps Well-Being Center, UTC Mall|
|Tuesday, November 18, 2014||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Monday, December 01, 2014||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
|Saturday, December 20, 2014||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp Mary Birch, Kearny Mesa|
Upon request, Jody 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.
Contact Jody Ambrose: