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The family dog is often not properly prepared for the arrival of a newborn, resulting in the dog becoming isolated or rehomed.
Carrie Silva Wooddell, a professional dog trainer with over 16 years of experience, teaches families how to better understand their dog and demonstrates how to prepare and introduce their dog to their new baby.
In recent years, the number of child dog bites has risen, but you can keep your baby safe by learning the warning signs to watch for when your dog is around your baby. Not only does Carrie offer the perspective of an accredited dog trainer, but this video follows her personal journey from being pregnant and sharing the same concerns as many first time moms who love their dogs.
Dogs to Diapers is 49 minutes long and divided up into 3 sections.
Here we focus on what we can do to prepare our dog and household for the arrival of our newborn.
Teaching our dog exercises such as: how to walk on leash next to the stroller, how to respect boundaries (such as not going into the nursery), the “away” command to teach the dog to give us space when we are holding the baby, teaching the dog not to be on furniture when the baby is on it, and how to ride in your vehicle with the new baby.
You will learn about scheduling feeding and how to include the dog in the upcoming changes as you’re rearranging the house and bringing in new baby equipment. We also discuss the importance of desensitizing your dog to baby cries.
Preparing your dog with these methods will prevent them from associating the new baby with all the changes. You can help your dog not stress during this transition by giving them coping behaviors, such as basic obedience and “jobs” around the house.
The purpose of introducing these new training exercises into your routine is to teach your dog their job when the baby comes. When the baby arrives, life will change drastically not only for you but also for your dog.
As your dog no longer becomes your focal point and receives less of your attention, this could lead to your dog becoming less obedient around the house.
Less control of the dog as your baby ages could potentially lead to inappropriate behavior around your child, including displays of anxiety and aggression.
Dogs are creatures of habit; setting up a routine sooner will make the new adjustment easier for your dog once your baby arrives.
Once the baby arrives there is no longer anytime to train the dog, so it is never too early to start on these first steps!
All About Your Dog
Here we focus on the genetics of dogs and certain characteristics that are associated with your breed of dog.
- You will learn about the different categories of dogs and the history of each type.
- You will learn about dog body language and how to identify avoidance and displacement behaviors so that you can tell if your dog is stressed around the baby.
- You will also learn about why dogs bite and how we can decrease stressors that can be associated with bringing home a new baby.
Putting it All Together
Here we focus on how to handle the dog after the baby is born.
- We need to make sure the dog is being handled in a routine they are familiar with while you are in the hospital. We will cover the correct way to introduce the new odor of the baby to your dog.
- You will learn how to make sure the dog is in the correct frame of mind to meet the baby and how to handle the dog during the first interaction when bringing home your newborn.