Puppy Love: Preparing Your Dog for Meeting your Newborn!
We know you are super excited for the arrival of your little one, everyone in the family is helping out and preparing in their own ways. You’ve made sure that your other children feel comfortable and included in this whole process, but there’s someone important you should also be including in your plans...your dog!
Puppies need to be ready for the loud crying sounds, the occasional hair-pulling and having to share your attention with a brand new partner. Not to mention having to deal with an astounding amount of “Aww”-inspiring photo ops with a cute camera hog!
Want to start planning to ensure that your child will develop a lifelong friendship with the family dog? Here are some important five tips to start off with:
Time for basic behavior training.
Your doggy needs to understand and obey basic commands like No, Stop and Leave It. Ask another mom to bring her baby by the house for a supervised test run to assess their reactions and progress after their training sessions. Make sure that you are in charge at all time, and that your pooch reacts and responds assertively to you.
Know your dog’s stress signals.
You are not the only one that loves that new baby smell.
Puppy to child, not the other way around.
Include your dog in your baby’s daily routine.
We recommend to always keep an eye on them, but we are pretty sure they’ll get along very well. Bonding is important, but once they get accustomed to having a new friend, they will love and protect them for the rest of their lives.