“Barks and Babes” dog safety class set to start at Swedish

Danette Johnston, owner of Ballard’s own dog training and safety organization Dog’s Day Out, is set to teach a new dog safety class for families at Swedish Hospital First Hill Campus (747 Broadway Seattle). “Barks and Babes” will focus on the importance of safety between dog, family and baby and will run every second Saturday of the month starting this Saturday, September 14th at 4 p.m.

Johnston is well qualified in the area of dog training and safety. She has been a licensed Veterinary Technician and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. She has also trained both dogs and people in animal shelters, lectured on dog behaviour at the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians conference and is the NW Coordinator and presenter for Doggone Safe, which teaches dog bite prevention classes to school aged children.

In terms of this Saturday’s class Johnston writes that “if you are planning or currently expecting a new baby, this class is for you! Barks & Babes covers topics involved in the management of living with baby and dog and keeping all healthy and happy”. The class will cover safety, disease and parasite control, desensitizing your dog to your baby and will help attendees learn specific cues to train their dog when it is around their baby.

Earlier this year Johnston also taught a dog bite prevention class at local school Viewlands Elementary. Reportedly, the class was a great success and encouraged the students to be mindful when approaching and playing with dogs. Johnson is offering the dog bite prevention class free of charge to schools and community groups, with a maximum of 35 attendees in each session. If you are interested in having the dog bite prevention class at your school or community group contact Johnston at danette@dogsdayoutseattle.com.

Cost of this weekend’s Barks and Babes class is $30 per couple. To register for the class or to find out more information click here.

Barks and Babes is also being offered at Johnston’s Ballard training center (6733 15th Ave NW) on other dates. Click here for more details.

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