I offer my Dogs and Babies – Play It Safe! classes in San Diego through the Women’s Education department at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital and Scripps Community Health programs and (New!) 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!
Scripps Classes (held at Well Being Center at UTC Mall)
Sharp Hospital Classes (held in Kearny Mesa area)
Registration: 1-800-82-SHARP or view open classes and register online
Birth Education Center of San Diego (Scripps Ranch)
Registration: Classes are scheduled irregularly, call for information, 858-863-6232
|Sunday, February 10, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps|
|Saturday, February 16, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
|Monday, March 04, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Tuesday, March 19, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Saturday, April 27, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
|Sunday, May 05, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps|
|Monday, May 06, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Tuesday, May 21, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Saturday, June 15, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
|Monday, July 01, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Tuesday, July 16, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Sunday, August 04, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps|
|Monday, August 05, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Saturday, August 17, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
|Tuesday, September 17, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Saturday, October 19, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
|Sunday, November 03, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Scripps|
|Monday, November 04, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Tuesday, November 19, 2013||6:00 – 9:00||Sharp|
|Saturday, December 21, 2013||1:30 – 4:30||Sharp|
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.Contact Madeline