For years, I’ve worked with expecting dog owners to prevent problems between dogs and children. I have witnessed too many families forced to surrender their beloved family companions because they failed to prepare their dog for the arrival of a new family member. The Good Dog Happy Baby book, course, blog, and forum give expecting parents like you everything you need to fully prepare your dog for your new baby.
Welcome to Good Dog Happy Baby!
My name is Michael Wombacher and all the resources on this website are here to help you prepare your dog for the arrival of your baby.
There are a few ways you can take advantage of my expertise.
- First, you can take the self-paced Good Dog Happy Baby video course.
- Second, you can buy the book, Good Dog Happy Baby.
- Third, you can connect with me directly to set up an in-person appointment or online skype consult.
- Finally, you can take advantage of the free ebooks, blog articles, and videos on this site.
All of these materials are designed to help new parents like you, who love their dogs, create a safe baby-friendly environment.
What Is Good Dog Happy Baby Anyways?
Great question. In essence, Good Dog Happy Baby is a step-by-step system for training your dog to live peacefully with your new baby.
Through the book, the course, and this website, the methods and techniques in Good Dog Happy Baby have helped thousands of parents like you to prepare their dogs for the arrival of baby. Good Dog Happy Baby is:
A simple roadmap for integrating your baby into your dog’s environment
A step-by-step guide to assessing and resolving potential behavior problems
A 12-Step program to transform your dog into a loving and well-behaved member of the family
Good Dog Happy Baby provides a blueprint for parents who want to their child to enjoy the rich benefits of a canine companion.
I’m an author, lecturer, and dog trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 20 years of hands-on training experience. I teach classes, run a small boarding & training operation and occasionally train other trainers.
Over the years, I’ve performed well over 25,000 in-home behavioral consultations—including hundreds for expecting parents – covering the entire spectrum of dog behavior from the mundane to the bizarre.
My training approach focuses on channeling a dog’s natural drives into behaviors acceptable in the human pack primarily through the principles of positive reinforcement as well as through methods that appeal to your dog’s canine sensibilities.
I’ve also been certified as an expert on dog behavior by the California Superior Court, and been featured on Fox 5 Television’s “Good Day New York,” San Francisco’s Channel 7 News, San Francisco’s View From the Bay, Animal Planet, as well as other television and radio programs nationwide.
My work has also been showcased in major national magazines, including Fit Pregnancy, American Dog (circulation 800,000), Dog World, and Boston Whaler (dogs on boats). Additionally, I have been a guest speaker at the annual convention of California’s Animal Care & Control organizations.
I’ve also trained dogs for Robin Williams, Barry Levinson, Joe Satriani, Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead), Linda Ronstadt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Schwab, the Fisher family (owners of the Gap), Mickey Drexler (CEO of J. Crew), Max Levchin (founder of PayPal), Chad Hurley (founder of YouTube), Kevin & Julia Hartz (founders of EventBrite), Jeremy Stoppelman (founder of Yelp), Kirk Hammet of Metallica and other high profile clients in the entertainment, technology and business worlds.
I’ve put all of this experience into an easy-to-understand training guide, designed specifically for you, the expecting (or recent) parent and dog owner—so that your dog and baby get along beautifully.
Good Dog, Happy Baby, a book, a new video course, and a growing community designed to help you prepare your dog for the arrival of your child.
You Can check out my series of articles for American Dog on common dog training challenges. Read it here…
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