You’ve taken care of your dog and have practiced being great dog parents. Now you are welcoming a newborn baby into your life and entering parenthood. As the stork is ready to deliver your baby, you may have concerns about how your dog will react and cope with the newest addition to your family. Though dogs are generally happy to see new people, they may not react that way if the attention they were once getting is being divided. Here are a few scenarios about introducing dogs to babies that you may not know.
My Dog Is Trained So No Need For Worry:
No matter how well-trained your dog is, they will have a new reaction when introducing your baby to them. Your dog may have anxiety if not prepared for the new arrival of the baby. Teaching your dog new commands can calm them down so they may have a positive relationship with your baby.
Here are some useful training tips for your dog:
- Teach your dog to “go away” – There will be times where you have to give your undivided attention to your baby, but your dog wants to play or wants your attention. Teaching your dog to “go away” helps them understand that you can’t give them attention at that moment. They’ll understand that this isn’t the appropriate time.
- Introduce baby items like toys and strollers – Dogs may not be used to baby items like strollers, pacifiers, and baby toys. They may often claim it as their own and chew on those items are take them away from the baby. Introducing baby items to dogs early helps them understand that those items aren’t for them.
- Set boundaries to baby areas like the nursery – Dogs tend to mark their territory and don’t think about what areas are restricted. Training them to avoid off-limit areas such as the nursery can help with the dog and baby relationship. Make sure they don’t enter the room unless you give them permission, so the dog can understand it’s an off-limits area.
I’ll Give Extra Attention to My Dog to Make Up Time Spent With Baby:
Giving your dog extra attention may give them the wrong perception when the baby comes. Here is some advice for allotting time with your dog.
- You won’t have enough time to play with your dog when the baby arrives. Start by mimicking the amount of attention the dog will receive as if the baby were present.
- Give your dog attention when the baby is awake. Giving your dog attention when the baby is sleeping gives the wrong signal for when it’s play time.
Bringing a Baby Blanket Home Prior to The Introduction of Baby and Dog is Not Enough for The Dog to Have a Good Association With The New Baby:
- Remember to pair the baby blanket with an article of clothing that the dog has a positive familiar scent with.
- Make sure the dog has been exercised and has less energy when first planning to introduce the new baby.
- Keep a leash on the dog even if you aren’t holding it in case the dog gets to excited or starts jumping.
Only Aggressive Dogs Attack and My Dog Isn’t Aggressive:
- Learn about dog language so you can communicate with the dog effectively
My Dog and Baby Will Be Instant Pals:
- This might be the case, but it’s important that your dog respects your baby and your baby’s development.
At Dogs To Diapers, we focus on the relationship between your dogs and your baby. We understand that this is an exciting time for your family and we want to ensure the transition goes smoothly. Some dogs may require more training than others. We provide dog training services for dogs of all breeds. Our goal is to provide professional dog training, so your dog can adapt when a baby joins the family. If you have questions about our services, watch our film, and contact us with any questions! Owner and trainer, Carrie Silva Wooddell is happy to advise prior to any major decisions concerning your dog.