Behind the creators:
My background in dogs started when I was a child and my father was a K9 officer. He always had police dogs that he brought home with him. There were not many rules around the dogs, and they were just part of the family. It was expected that the dogs could switch from being a protection dog to a family pet with kids running and jumping around them.
My love for dogs continued and my passion evolved into owning and operating a dog facility. I have owned and co-operated The Doghouse LLC for 16 years with my husband, Jordan.
The idea of the film Dogs to Diapers came to me during my first trimester of being pregnant. I was still recovering from a serious dog bite that had happened about a month before I got pregnant. I was sitting at the computer doing what all first time moms do and scour Google for all the information I could find about caring for a new baby! During this process, I became curious about what information was out there on dogs and babies, and I started Googling the same questions that my clients would ask me.
How will my dog respond to my newborn?
What is the best way to introduce a dog to a baby?
What training should be done before the baby arrives?
As the pages of information were appearing, I realized dog training has not evolved one bit in this category. I was shocked by how much incorrect information was out there and being put in the position of an expecting dog owner sparked my desire to provide better knowledge to pregnant dog owners. I felt a moral obligation to fill this void, and set out to create a resource that would provide families with all of the information they need to manage their dog with a new baby. Dogs bites are on the rise, parents are confused about what to do with their dogs, and trainers are relaying outdated information that doesn’t make any dog training sense! These are our beloved babies and dogs we are discussing here and there is NO room for trial and error.
Carrie Silva Wooddell
Head Trainer of The Doghouse LLC and Creator of Dogs to Diapers
- Contracted obedience Trainer of ATF Special Response Team
- Certified Instructor for Florida Guide Dogs for the Deaf
- Creator of an Animal Talent Agency , providing a variety of canine stars for television and cinema
- National and International Dog Sport Competitor
- Ajax IPO3 MR2 FR2, High Obedience at AWDF IPO Nationals
- Genghis Khan MR3, World Team Member
- National Recognition for Aggressive and Fearful Dog Rehab
- Member of the IACP
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Former Lead Boarding Officer with the DEA K9 Units
- Explosive Detection Canine Officer in Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations
During my second assignment is when Carrie and I relocated to Virginia and found out the exciting news of becoming first time parents. It is there that the creation of Dogs to Diapers was made into a film. I knew when my 3 month pregnant wife looked me in the eyes and told me of her vision that there was no stopping her! She truly believed this was her new calling and I have supported her through this amazing journey of helping new families prepare their dogs for the arrival of their new babies.