When your dog has been the center of attention for a long time and you bring home a baby for the first time it may become a little stressful in the household. Especially when your dog is used to the presence of adult only and getting 100% of the attention.
Babies in particular can cause issues with pets because they are new in the way they move, smell, and behave.
If you take the time and the extra steps before the baby arrives at home you can make sure that this transition is easy for you, the baby and your dog.
Follow these tips and you can ensure that your dog and your baby will grow up to be really good friends.
Before You Bring the Baby Home
Setting up the Babies Stuff
You can do a lot to prepare your dog for the presence of a new family member even before you bring the baby home.
By setting up your babies stuff, bringing in the toys and displaying them so your dog can see them. In addition, by setting up the nursery it is a great way to help your dog understand that something new is happening.
It is important for him or her to check out the new room and give him or her space and time to adjust to all the new changes.
Another great thing you can do is to ask family and friends to come over with their babies and children. This will allow you to observe how your dog reacts around babies, so when it comes time bringing your own baby home there will be little or even no surprises with regards to his or her behavior.
Setting up Boundaries
It is important to lay out the new house rules before the new arrival. This means letting your dog know what is acceptable and what isn’t.
For instance, if you do not want your dog to be in the nursery let him or her know that now. As this will allow a smoother transition and will allow him or her not to feel confused when you follow through with the rules when the baby comes home.
Talk About the Baby
Through research, it has shown that if you talk about the baby before it arrives, that it can really help dogs to prepare for the upcoming changes of the dynamic of the family.
Stock-Up on Toys & Treats
Before you bring the baby home it is important to stock up on toys and treats. This will become handy as a training tool when people come over to visit the new baby; so your dog won’t feel that you are not paying any attention to him or her.
Bringing the Baby Home
Preparing the Introduction
When bringing the baby home for the first time your dog is going to be super excited to see you again. Therefore, it is important to bring the baby into the house after your dog has greeted you and has expressed all of his or her excitement. Then at this time it is a good idea to have a piece of the babies clothing so your dog can sniff the new scent as a way to prepare him or her before the big introduction.
Controlling the Introduction
When you finally bring the baby into the home it is important to stay calm; this is because dogs can easily recognize human’s emotions. Therefore, if you are calm your dog will most likely be calm as well. In addition, it is important to keep your dog on a leash even if you believe that your dog is the gentlest pet in the world as this will allow you to have control of your dog just in case something does happen.
Don’t Forget Your Dog
With all the excitement of bringing home a new baby your dog can easily be forgotten. For that reason, it is important to stay with your dog’s regular routine schedule. By feeding and walking him or her at the same time. In addition, it is important to spend some extra time with your furry loved one just to give him or her reinsurance that your relationship is still the same.
Never Leave your Dog and Baby Together Unattended
Not leaving your dog and baby together unattended may seem like an obvious thing not to do. However, every year there has been reported accidents of babies getting hurt because owners leave them both unattended. Therefore, it is always important for you to be physically around when you want your baby and dog to bond with each other.