Dog Training Prep for a New Baby

Doggie Manners  has two programs to help you and your dog in training and preparing for a new baby.  One program is 1.5 hours for $295 where we talk about the training your dog needs.  We give you a list of recommended training exercises and equipment, and you do the training on your own.  The other program is a 6-hour program that begins at $695 where we help you train your dog.

MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW.  Don’t wait until just before the baby arrives because if you wait, you will be stressed and your dog needs time to adjust.

What follows are some topics to think about and exercises to do *before* your baby arrives.

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Preliminaries before You Start Training

  •           Dog body language search
  •           Reduce or eliminate behavior problems (Our Dog Training Prep for a New Baby program does not cover any behavior issues such as aggression or anxiety, although those may be reduced by teaching him obedience exercises. We have other programs for shy or skittish dogs, dogs who growl or bite,  or excitable dogs .)
  •           Thorough vet checkup

Think these Changes and Train Your Dog  before Your Baby Arrives

  •  Baby’s room – is he going to be allowed inside?
  • Decide where you want your dog when you are doing X (X is nursing, bathing, etc.)
  • Furniture and car – where is he going to be?
  • Introduction to smells, sights, and sounds of babies

Dog Training Exercises prior to your Baby’s Arrival

These are some of the exercises we teach.  We can personalize a program specifically to your needs.

  • Come
  • Crate training
  • Desensitize to movement
  • Desensitize to noises
  • Drop it
  • Greeting behavior
  • Leave it
  • Safe spot
  • Stay behind a gate
  • Stop jumping
  • Walking next to a stroller

Equipment to Help You and Your Dog in Training

The following links are a partial list of the specific types of products we have handpicked and recommend.  Because of space limitations, we cannot list every size and color for every product listed here.  Please go to where you can get direct links to the products including specific sizes, and be sure to get the correct size for your dog.

Introducing your Dog to your New Baby

  • Plan ahead on how you are going to introduce your dog to your new baby.
  • Train your dog as to what you want him to do rather than saying no.  Give him alternatives.
  • Everyone needs relaxation time!  Teach your dog how to relax.

Resources for Dog Training Prep for a New Baby

These are the two books I recommend for all dog parents.

These are the books for expecting dog parents.

Other recommended books


If you can’t supervise – which means being physically *and* mentally present (not watching TV or on the phone or your computer or running to answer the door or to the bathroom) –  then physically separate your dog from your baby by a closed door, a crate, a tether, or a baby gate.

Thank you for considering Dog Training Prep for a New Baby in Los Angeles!

Caryl Wolff is the first dog trainer in Los Angeles and the United States who was certified by five dog and puppy training organizations.  She can help you and your puppy or dog training them to be the best they can be.

Dog Training Prep for a New Baby Los Angeles
12021 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025
Call or text (310) 804-2392.
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