Before the baby is born, don’t overload your dog with attention in anticipation of not being able to give them as much once the baby comes. In fact, do the opposite. Begin to get your dog used to having quiet time alone, and show them that they don’t need to be constantly given attention since it will be much more divided once the baby arrives. Make the changes to your routine well before the baby comes so the dog doesn’t affiliate the change with the baby’s presence. Play sounds of baby noises (because let’s be honest, they’re super strange!) so it becomes ambient noise for your dog.
“Play sounds of baby noises (because let’s be honest, they’re super strange!) so it becomes ambient noise for your dog.”
When the baby begins to move around more, micromanagement is crucial. Never, under any circumstance leave a dog unattended with a child of any age regardless of how well they get along. Children should be taught how to properly engage with their pet, i.e. no tail or ear pulling, petting calmly, not stealing toys, etc. You also need to ensure you are well versed in stress signs in a dog. Whale eyes, tongue flicking, and avoidance can all be signs of stress which often leads to these horrific incidents that were previously mentioned. So often in watching these videos, you can see the dog giving off stress warning signs well before any reaction, it is purely a lack of knowledge on the parent’s part for letting their child continue to push their dog to the point of a reaction.
While these are some good guidelines for getting your new baby and fur baby off on the right path, they are by no means exclusive. It is always helpful to consult with an obedience trainer before the baby’s arrival to ensure you have the foundational skills necessary to comfortably integrate your family!
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