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Introducing your dog to a new baby
10/09/15 at 01:44 PM | Published Under Pet Socialization
You’re expecting! And that’s an especially demanding time on so many levels. If your family already includes a pet, you'll need to help your first fur-"baby" adjust to the new one you'll soon be bringing home.
By following a few steps, you can ease your pet’s stress, help her welcome your baby and make sure she stays where she belongs – as a member of your expanding family.
How will my pet react?
Regardless of how much you plan ahead, the addition of a new family member may be difficult for your pet.Since your cat or dog was your first "baby," she’s likely accustomed to being the center of attention. So she may experience something similar to sibling rivalry when you introduce her to your new human baby.
Minimize this feeling by working with your pet before you bring your baby home. Your new baby will demand so much of your energy and time. So gradually ease your pet into spending less time with you.
How can I prepare my pet?
Below are a few suggestions to make preparation safer and smoother for all.
- Consider a training class for your dog and practice training techniques.
- Encourage your friends with infants to visit your home.
- Apply double-stick tape to furniture to discourage your pet from jumping onto the baby's crib and changing table
- Take your pet to your vet for a routine health exam and necessary vaccinations.
- Spay or neuter your pet; this can promote a calmer demeanor, in addition to helping prevent health issues associated with the reproductive system.
- Sprinkle baby powder or baby oil on your skin to familiarize your pet with new smells.
- Get your pet accustomed to nail trims.
- Train your pet to remain calmly on the floor beside you until you invite him on your lap.
- Familiarize your pet to baby-related noises months before the baby is expected.
- Install a sturdy barrier like a removable gate if the baby’s room will be off-limits to your pet.
- Use a doll to help your pet relate to the real thing.
- Plan ahead to make sure your pet has proper care while you're at the birthing center.
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