How to Prepare Your Dog for Your New Baby

It is not uncommon for people to become very attached to their pets. Likewise, it is not uncommon for a pets to become extremely attached their owners. Dogs can feel loneliness, hurt feelings and even jealousy. It is essential to prepare your dog for a new baby just as you would prepare a sibling.

Steps

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    Familiarize your dog with babies. This includes baby sights, sounds and smells.
    • Play tapes of baby giggles, screams and cries so your canine will not be scared or curious about them after the baby arrives
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    • Rub baby lotion on your hands and allow your dog to become accustomed to the new smell.
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    • Take your dog to the park to watch children playing.
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    Set up the baby nursery, swing and other toys in advance to allow your pet to investigate them before they are in use by the infant.
    • Do not allow the dog to play with, or lay on, items belonging to the baby.
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    Change your sleeping arrangements if your dog sleeps with you.
    • Begin the sleeping arrangement change months before the baby is born.
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    • Buy a pet bed or begin urging your dog to sleep in another room. Even if you do not plan on having your baby sleep with you, you will be up a lot at night and will disturb your pet.
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    Practice your dog's manners.
    • Review commands if your canine is trained.
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    • Begin basic training if your dog is not trained.
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    • Your dog will need to adhere to manners when it comes to jumping up, barking, getting on furniture and eating.
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    Introduce your dog to baby gates if you plan to use them to keep the dog out or the baby in a specific area.
    • Create areas that will be off limits for your dog well in advance of the baby's arrival.
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    Hold and carry a baby doll in your arms to help your dog become acquainted with seeing you occupied with an infant.
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    Invite friends with babies or children to visit your home.
    • Correct your dog's inappropriate behaviors and praise good behavior while the children are present.
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    Introduce the dog and baby immediately when you arrive home.
    • Be positive and allow the pet to feel like part of the family.
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    • Do not isolate the dog or push it away unnecessarily.
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Tips

  • Consider hiring a dog walker to take your pet out or to the park. This will give your dog the attention it needs without consuming your time.

Warnings

  • Never leave your pet and the baby together unsupervised. Be cautious when your baby and dog are socializing, no matter how well it seems that your pet is adjusting to the new family member.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby noises
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby furniture
  • Baby toys
  • Doll


Article Info

Categories: Dog Obedience