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Dog and Baby Sessions

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Having a baby is a life-changing experience for everyone… including the family dog.

  • Are you feeling nervous about how your dog may respond when you bring your new baby home?
  • Have you had your baby and need some help on juggling a baby and dog together?
  • Are you feeling worried about how your dog might respond when your baby is on the move?
  • Or are you just wanting to gain more knowledge and information on raising a dog and baby together?

No matter what it is, we can help! Preparation in advance will decrease stress, increase success and help you avoid potential problems later on. Help your dog adjust to the huge change in lifestyle and family dynamic and tackle any issues that may need addressing before your baby arrives if you can. And if not, we have you covered!

We offer positive, practical, and fun solutions to challenges that often arise in families with dogs during your child’s early development years.

Different Life Stages We Can Help With:

1. Preparing for life with dog and baby

Are you pregnant or about to adopt and looking to help your dog feel at ease when the new baby comes home? This service will help to ease families into the transition from dog parents to baby parents with dogs in a fun and positive way.

During your sessions, we will cover:

1. How to understand your dog.
2. Learn about how dogs communicate through body language

3. Help with current behavioural concerns

4. Focus on preparing your dog for the changes
5. Supervision and management
6. Teaching your dog basic manners
7. Planning for Homecoming

We recommend 1 x 1.5 hour session each trimester of pregnancy. So 3 sessions ideal.

2. Dog and Baby

You’ve had the baby and now you realise it’s time to get help or you just want to be proactive! Well done! Our aim is to ease families into life with baby and dog without feeling stressed. Keeping everyone happy and safe.

During your sessions, we will cover:

1. How to understand your dog.
2. Learn about how dogs communicate through body language
3. Focus on dog and baby safety
4. Supervision and management
5. Teaching your dog basic manners
6. Introducing fun and proactive ways to include dog and baby together safely

We recommend 2 x 1.5 hour sessions to really get the most out of this service.

3. Baby on the move!

So many families focus on preparing the dog for bringing the baby home, but really the more challenging work begins when your baby starts moving. That’s when the real juggling act happens and management plans and supervision are critical for safety. But again, with help from Cooper and Kids, we can plan for this ahead of time.

Do us a favour and don’t wait for something to happen; your child and dogs safety is of utmost importance to us. So please come to us early and we can teach you all about how your dogs communicate, the body language to be aware of, how kids mirror our behaviour and how to safely manage the chaos into a calm and safe household. This is the ideal service for families with dogs and babies who are soon to be crawling or who have just started crawling.

During your session, we will cover:

1. Understanding your Dog Better
2. Management and Supervision
3. How dogs communicate and what to look out for
4. What you can do when your dog is feeling uncomfortable
5. Proactive options for the common challenges families with dogs experience as baby becomes mobile
6. Ways to include your dog safely
7. General advice and tips around dog and child safety

We recommend 2 x 1.5 hour sessions to really get the most out of this service.

 

Pricing:

1. Private in-home Sessions: $180 per hour

All sessions run for 1.5 hours.

Additional travel fee may be charged depending on where you live.

2. Private Online Sessions: $150 per hour

All sessions run for 1.5 hours.

 

Included with your session, you will be provided with resources, handouts and a summary.

This will also include a follow-up 1-2 weeks after your session to make sure you are all on track with everything you have learnt.

 

To make a booking

Get in touch via the form below so together, you and Mel can work out what service/package will be best suited to help you, your dog and your family.