Wondering how to prepare your dog for the baby to come? It’s a common question.
Many couples get a pet before they have children. While this can be some great training for parenthood, it does complicate the household a little when a baby does arrive. The sudden change in priorities, as well as the general chaos a newborn can bring to the home, may be difficult for some pups to adjust to. Fortunately, dogs and babies can thrive if pets are properly prepared for their newest family member.
1. Get Your Dog Acclimated to Children
Children, especially toddlers and younger kids, can behave in ways that dogs find frightening or threatening, such as the following:
- Screaming, shrieking or making other loud noises.
- Moving quickly or suddenly.
- Crossing into personal space.
If they’re not used to these behaviors, dogs may react aggressively. That’s why it’s a good idea to gradually familiarize your dog with children in a supervised environment. If you have friends or family members with young children, ask them if you can bring your pet around.
2. Introduce Your Dog to New Smells and Items
Dogs explore their world through smell, and a new baby means a whole slew of new scents to get used to. This includes lotion, shampoo, carriers – pretty much everything you’ve collected to be ready for your bundle of joy.
Let your pooch sniff around new items to become accustomed to them. It’s a good idea to do this gradually so your pup doesn’t get overwhelmed.