Dogs & Toddlers™ 

Family Paws Parent Education

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Baby starts out small, crawling on all fours – just like Dog does. But Baby grows quickly, and soon enough is the same size as Dog – and walking upright on two legs. Dog notices that Baby is suddenly becoming a very different kind of creature. Confused by these rapid changes, Dog tries to adapt…even as Baby pelts him with kibble from his bowl and tries to ride on his back like a horse.

This may sound like an adorable YouTube video, but Dog isn’t having fun. He needs help coping with Baby’s increasingly unpredictable behavior, and Baby needs to learn how to treat Dog with the respect he deserves. Fortunately, the Dogs & Toddlers™ can restore balance in the relationship and strengthen the bonds of friendship now and for years to come.

Created by a certified dog behavior consultant and mother of four, the Dogs & Toddlers™ is for families with babies who are between three months to three years old and exploring their independence for the first time.

Parents and other caretakers can attend to learn:

  • Guided Touch™ and Guided Teaching™ Techniques
  • How to understand your dog’s body language and responses to your baby
  • How to help your dog adjust as baby’s gross motor skills develop
  • Management techniques customized to your family and home environment
  • Fun ways to include your dog in daily activities
  • And much more!

2016 Classes

West Penn Hospital

Dogs and Storks

  • Feb 20 (1-3pm)
  • June 25 (1-3pm)
  • May 17 ( 7-9pm)
  • Aug 27 (1-3pm)
  • Oct 22 (1-3pm)
Dogs and Toddlers

  • March 30 ( 7-9pm)
  • June 25 ( 1-3pm)
  • Aug 27 (3:30-5:30pm)
  • Oct 22 (3:30-5:30pm)

SPECIAL NOTE on Saturday Aug 27th and Saturday Oct 22 you can attend both the Dogs and Storks and the Dogs and Toddlers classes on the same day! Learn how to introduce your dog to the baby AND learn how to keep baby safe when they become mobile.

To register at West Penn, call 412-578-7030.

Forbes Hospital

Dogs and Storks

  • Jan 23 (1-3pm)
  • April 30 (1-3pm)
  • July 9 (1-3pm)
  • Nov 12 (1-3pm )
Dogs and Toddlers

  • Jan 30 (1-3pm)
  • April 30 (3:30-5:30pm)
  • July 9 (3:30-5:30pm)
  • Nov 12 (3:30-5:30pm)

To register at Forbes, call 412-330-4469.


Dogs & Toddlers is a humans-only lecture presented in a hospital setting. No dogs please! You can bring your dog to Dog Ready for Baby.

Dogs & Toddlers is for families with children 3 months to 3 years old. See Dogs & Storks for new and expecting families.

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