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A new baby coming into your home can cause
rivalries and danger to both
dog and your new baby. There are some basic steps you can take to help
make the adjustment.
When your baby comes home from the hospital,
have mom enter the house
without the baby. Introduce the dog to the baby's items first and then
baby. Do not let the baby interfere with the dog's regular routines
like feeding, walking and playtime. Never leave your dog alone with the
and do not let the dog sleep in the baby's room.
- Allow you dog to sniff things your
baby will be using so the
scent will be on these items. This is a sanitary method because dogs
pick up scent on items even after the have been laundered.
- Get yourself a baby doll and introduce
it to your dog using the
"baby" and teaching your dog to sit and lie down whenever the baby is
- Train your dog. If your dog hasn't been
trained yet, it need to
SIT, DOWN and HEEL. Find a local obedience trainer and get signed up
an obedience class.
- Introduce your dog to toddlers. Start
with toddlers that are away
your dog's territory, then on his property and finally in your
- Acclimate your dog to a baby's cry. You
can do this with a tape
of babies at the hospital. (There may even be recordings like this on
like eBay.) Let pooch check out this sound and investigate as long as
four feet stay on the floor.
Remember that children can hurt dogs too. Don't get a dog for the baby,
baby is too young to learn about a dog. It is not a good idea for them
"grow up together" because you'll be too busy to attend the needs of
Teach your child that a dog needs quiet when sleeping and eating. Teach
child to pet the dog gently and use a calm voice.
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