You find yourself grinding your brain to figure out exactly how much you have to prepare for, and what the next steps will be in your life. It was so simple… you, your husband/boyfriend, your house, your job and of course, your beloved dog. Things are about to go up a notch, as you introduce a beautiful new baby into your world. But of all the things you need to prepare for how do you prepare your dog for the new baby?
Amidst everything, it is so important to remember your dog, and how the new baby will affect him.
How do you think he will handle it?
Has he been around children before?
So many things come into play when introducing a baby into the world. The decisions you make right now with your dog, will have a huge impact when the baby does come.
You may be wondering what the big deal is, and how exactly having a baby has anything to do with your dog. In reality, it has EVERYTHING to do with your dog. I mean, think about it, right now, your dog has 100% of the attention. Give or take a few for the hubby, the job, etc… but you get the idea. When the baby comes, your dogs whole world will be changing, it may even crash. If the proper steps are not taken, your dog could end up suffering from anxiety, and jealousy.
How to Prepare Your Dog for the New Baby:
1. First Things First – Training
If you have a few months before the baby is due, that’s a great start! Now is a great time, to start some obedience training with your dog. Basic training commands will simply make your job easier when your dog gets overly excited etc…
2. Take Time to Socialize Your Dog
He needs to know what it’s like to experience new smells, new surroundings, new people. Basically, he needs to experience change, and know that it is a positive thing.
3. Has Your Dog Had Experience With Children?
If not, a good place to start may be a playground. Take your dog to a park, sit down on a bench, and let your dog see how children behave. If you have a friend with a child, now would be a good time to introduce the two of them. Monitor them closely, and watch how your dog reacts to the child. Was he nervous? Was he comfortable?