Don’t leave Fido out of the loop when you’re expecting. Here are some quick and easy tips to help your dog adjust to the newest member of the family.
Rather than waiting until baby arrives, get a jump on things and modify your dog’s daily routine while you are still pregnant. By implementing a feeding/walking/playtime schedule with your dog, you’ll provide a sense of structure which will come in handy once mom arrives home with baby.
Additionally, you can acclimate your dog to what the baby will sound like with recordings including our Sounds of Baby CD. This CD is a terrific training tool that gradually introduces the sounds your pet will hear from a new baby and her toys.
Before baby and Fido meet in person, you can introduce your dog to your little one’s scent. Let your pooch sniff items that the baby has been in contact with: a blanket, a onesie, even a diaper. When mom and baby arrive home, keep Fido on a leash to prevent jumping. Allow your dog to see and sniff the baby and create a positive association for your dog by providing lots of yummy dog treats for calm, collected behavior.
Don’t ban your dog from interacting with the family – including the new baby. It’s important for everyone in the household to coexist peacefully, but supervision and safety are key. Don’t be afraid to use management tools (like a leash, crate and dog treat toys) to help you navigate through your day and still maintain your sanity! For example, when you put baby down for a nap, give Fido a treat toy in his crate.
With a little preparation, you can create a safe and happy household for your growing family. Woof!
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