Courses from Dog Meets Baby

Your dog should know what to expect when you're expecting, too.

Self-paced, online courses that teach you how to prepare and train your dog for your little one's arrival.
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You're not the only one who's nervous about your new addition.

Your dog knows something's up long before your little one makes their entrance. And without good preparation, their curiosity can transform into anxiety. Or worse.

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Let's make this transition easy-peasy for your dog (and for you!).

Dogs Meets Baby dials back the stress, erases worry, and keeps everyone safe.

The Preparation Course

With dogs, big changes often create behavioral challenges. And a baby comes with lots of changes! This course helps you get your dog used to having a new "sibling," even before your little one arrives.

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Core Curriculum

13 videos and course notes covering:
● The three "zones" you need to keep everyone safe
● Getting your dog out of your bed or bedroom (and why)
● Introducing your dog to baby equipment
● Helping your dog feel comfortable with baby sounds
● Teaching your dog how to walk alongside a stroller
● Multiple-dog households

Post-Baby Curriculum

● How to navigate your first week together at home—what to expect and how to help your dog acclimate
● Practical training tips and safety rules for the fourth trimester

Training Videos

10 videos:
● Leave it, drop, go to mat, stay, go to crate, away, off
● How to use a "fake baby" in training
● How to train your dog to stay off the baby activity mat
● How to train your dog not to jump—for food, on guests, on you, or to grab toys
● How to stop attention- or demand-barking

Bonus Videos

● Loose-leash walking
● Training your dog to stop when you stop (auto-sits)
● Mastering the stairs

Checklists + Handouts

● Preparation Checklist
● Caregiver Checklist
● Introducing Caregivers (postpartum doulas, night nurses, and family members)
● Car Safety- Babies and Dogs
● How to Choose the Best Baby/Dog Gate
● Dog Body Language
● Red Flag Behaviors
● Chews and Puzzle Toys

Q&A

If your concern isn't specifically addressed in the content, share it with me I'll add a response to the Q&A section of the course. (You can also browse previous Q&As to expand your knowledge!)

The First Meeting

Introducing your baby to your best friend can be emotional, exciting, and nerve-racking. This mini-course gives you an easy, step-by-step plan for a safe first meeting.

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Core Curriculum

10 videos and course notes covering:
● Having a plan for your dog when you go into labor
● Tips for adoptive parents
● Why bringing home a baby item for your dog to smell isn't enough
● Keeping your dog comfortable when they meet your baby
● A step-by-step plan for the first introduction
● Your first week at home together
● How to train your dog to "go to bed"
● Multiple-dog households

Bonus Downloads

● Introducing Caregivers (postpartum doulas, night nurses, and family members)
● 4th Trimester Checklist
● Predatory Behavior Toward Newborns
● Dog Body Language and the Ladder of Aggression

Q&A

If your concern isn't specifically addressed in the content, share it with me I'll add a response to the Q&A section of the course. (You can also browse previous Q&As to expand your knowledge!)

Please note: Dog Meets Baby courses do not address serious behavioral issues, such as resource guarding, separation anxiety, or aggression. For support for these concerns, please consult with a certified dog trainer.

The Prep Course

Preparing your dog for your new addition means fewer behavioral challenges and less stress—for everyone.
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The First Meeting

You can't predict how your dog will react to your newborn. But you can have full control during their first meeting.
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Become a member and save even more.

Get a 10% discount on any course or bundle with your Dog Meets Baby membership.

Meet Your Trainer
I was terrified.

Lola, my well-socialized, well-trained Labrador Retriever, was 5 years old when I had my twins. Typical for her breed, she loved everyone.

But when I brought my kids home, their early-term cries and movements switched on Lola's predatory instincts. The moment she saw them, she was hunting.

My first baby was ready to hurt my 5.5 pound twins. It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.

As a dog trainer, I knew what to do—and we had a solid foundation of obedience to work from. But I know many families don't.

I started Dog Meets Baby to make sure every family has access to the expert guidance they need.

Meet Dominika

Pup- and people-approved.

My gentle training methods are based on positive reinforcement to ensure the well-being of your entire family.

Bringing our first baby home couldn't have been smoother with two dogs.
Britta J.
Thanks to you, we know how to keep everyone safe.
Sarah S.F.
We can now read our dog's body language so much better!
Morgan G.K.
Following your tips has meant our dog is calm and amazing with our baby!
Chloe S.
Your course was great! Lowered my anxiety about the whole experience.
Hunter B.

Ditch the (dog) mom guilt.

Bringing home a baby doesn't have to ruin your dog's life (or vice versa).

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Buy a course.
Get immediate access to training that makes living with babies and dogs easier.

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Prep your pup.
Follow the step-by-step curriculum to set your dog up for success with their new brother or sister.

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Have peace of mind.
Feel confident you've done everything you can to make sure both your dog and your baby feel safe and loved.

Common Questions

Preparation Course
When should we take this course?

It's best to begin the Preparation Course at least two months before your baby's arrival. That way you'll have time to teach your dog new cues that will make your life so much easier!

Our baby is due in three weeks. Is it too late to take the course?

Absolutely not! You still have some time to prepare your dog for your little one's arrival. The course offers guidance for the fourth trimester, too!

Our baby is due any day now. Is the Preparation Course still for us?

I recommend purchasing The First Meeting instead, which teaches you to introduce your baby to your dog the right way. Also consider joining The Dog Meets Baby Membership for when your little one becomes mobile.

We have a newborn, and our dog's lack of training is challenging. Is this course for us?

This course is meant for the pre-baby phase, so some sections will be irrelevant. If your goal is to work on obedience around the baby, portions of the course will still be helpful.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Start to finish, the course is about three hours long. But no lesson is longer than 14 minutes, and most are much shorter. The course is designed to be completed at a pace that works for you.

The First Meeting
We're due any day now. Is it too late to take this course?

No! You can watch the course anytime, from anywhere (including from your birthing center!).

How long does it take to complete the course?

This course includes just under an hour of video content, divided into 10 short modules.

General Questions
Our dog is protective of her food and our house. Do you cover that?

No. Dog Meets Baby courses do NOT address more serious behavioral issues, such as resource guarding, aggression, or separation anxiety.

My dog barks, lunges, or growls at little kids. Will your courses help with that?

No. Dog Meets Baby courses do NOT address more serious behavioral issues, such as resource guarding, aggression, or separation anxiety.

What if we need more help?

I'm happy to offer additional support through the Dog Meets Baby Membership.

How do we access the course?

Dog Meets Baby courses are housed in Kajabi, an online learning platform you can access from any internet-enabled device.

What's the course format?

Both courses include video-based content and PDF resources.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Start to finish, the course is about three hours long. But no lesson is longer than 14 minutes, and most are much shorter. The course is designed to be completed at a pace that works for you.

How long do we have access to the course?

For as long as I continue to run Dog Meets Baby (and I only have plans to grow). For your peace of mind, I guarantee access for at least one year from purchase.

Can I share our account?

Please don't. Sharing your account with other families is prohibited and will result in losing access to your account.

What if we don't like the course?

If Dog Meets Baby doesn't meet your expectations, let me know within 14 days of your purchase, and I'll refund your money.