To most people, a dog gives them their first experience of how it feels to be a parent. Reflect on that. You show love, foster, tidy up after, and in some cases, instill some discipline in your dog, in more or less the same way you do to a kid.
And while in most cases the bond between man and dog is unbreakable, the arrival of a newborn can put the relationship to the test. This presents a learning experience for you and your dog. You need to prepare your dog for the arrival of a baby.
We aim to instill confidence in you as you introduce the new member of the family to your pooch, ensuring you put in place measures to make the transition as smooth as you can and enjoyable for all the other family members.
Below are five tips to help ease tension on their first encounter. It will not take you much time before the two become friends.
Newborns always force you to change your daily program. This being the case, your dog will have to keep doing some changes with the arrival of a newborn. Several months before you give birth, it’s advisable to alter the daily schedule of your pooch and reduce the amount of time you spend with your pet.
This will prepare the dog for the coming changes, and once the baby arrives, your dog will not link the changes with the baby.
Repeat some of the things you taught your dog
If your dog has not been trained on how to follow instructions, it’s time you do so. These instructions include sit, come, and go. Make sure your dog knows it’s no longer possible to jump around the house.
New baby, new restrictions
Talking about rules, there will be some restrictions on where the dog can go. Will you continue sleeping in the same bed with your dog? Can the dog play around in the house? What if the baby’s room? Pet expert Cesar Millan suggests keeping the dog off the new room before slowly allowing the dog to move to the room with you as he gets used to the newborn.
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