Can my dog and baby be happy living their lives together? If you have asked yourself this question, the simple answer is yes, they can co-exist happily together. The key to having your dog and baby get along is to train your dog. Training your dog on how to act with the baby, learning where they are allowed, and being mindful of what their possessions are can help the relationship between dog and baby.
There will be some growing pains when introducing a newborn and dog, but with patience and the right techniques, they will be able to live in harmony. In regard to the introduction, there are common myths that people associate with newborns and dogs. Here are some of the common misconceptions about dogs and newborns.
- Do I need to get rid of my pet? – No! Whether you have a dog or cat, you don’t have to get rid of your pet when you have a newborn coming home. Proper training will help prevent accidental injury.
- My dog and baby will best friends – Dogs may not be friendly to your baby at first. They may be confused and not respect the baby’s boundaries. It’s important to teach dogs to be respectful of your baby’s personal space.
- The baby will like attention from the dog – Babies may like receiving doggy kisses and licks, but this can pose a potential health issue to your baby. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. Bacteria can spread to your baby if dogs chew on their toys or clothing. Babies don’t like the attention if they get sick from the dog.
Just like with any family member relationship, it will take a little bit of work to have everyone living together. The same can be said for the relationship between dog and baby. Quite simply, your dog and baby can live together with the proper dog training. Training your dog before the arrival of your baby is key so the transition is seamless.
If you need help training your dog or puppy, so they will behave before your baby’s arrival, Dogs to Diapers can help. We have the experience to train any dog breed to behave properly, regardless of their age. As dog people ourselves, our goal is to help provide your dog the proper training so they can interact safely with your newborn. For information about our services, or to find out more about what we do, watch our film and contact us today.