Congratulations! You’ve just welcomed your bundle of joy and it is officially time to bring your newest family member home from the hospital. Life is about to change big time for your family, including your dog. It is important that you take the proper steps to introduce your baby to your fur child so things can go off without a hitch. Read on to learn what steps we recommend.
Introduce Your Baby’s Scent to Your Dog
Bring an article of clothing or a baby blanket back from the hospital so your dog can get acclimated to your baby’s scent.
Make Small Changes to Your Dog’s Routine
It is important that you make an effort to prepare your dog for your new baby’s arrival weeks in advance. Giving your dog a little less attention in the week’s leading up to the birth can help offset jealous feelings. It is also vital that this happens in advance so that your dog doesn’t associate these changes with the newborn baby.
Play Various Baby Sounds
Record different baby sounds and play them in your house so that your dog can get used to the ruckus before it begins. Dogs are very sensitive to sound and this practice will help prepare them for all of the crying and joyous sounds that are soon to commence.
Make Sure Your Dog is Trained and Knows How to Sit and Stay
One of the most crucial steps you can take to prepare for your baby is to make sure your dog is trained beforehand. A newborn baby is a ton of work in itself, so having a fully trained dog that can obey commands will make all the difference.
Give Your Dog Attention When the Baby is Around
You don’t want your dog to think that you forgot about them, and you also don’t want your dog to associate your child with feelings of neglect or jealousy. When the baby is around, make sure to make time for your furry friend as well.
Never Leave Your Dog Alone With Your Baby
Even if you have the most well-behaved dog, you should never leave them alone with your baby. A baby’s behavior can be unpredictable, and dogs can get very excited. Make sure you teach your child to never pull on your dog’s ears or tail as this can hurt the animal and alarm them. Use baby gates to keep your dog out of the baby’s room when the baby is alone. Employing these safety precautions will only benefit your family in the long run.