Your dog is very in tune with you, so they could know that something is different, and with a big moment like pregnancy and the new arrival, your pooch might sense something is up.
Also, you need to be prepared because a baby is very, very fragile, so here are a few tips to make the arrival smooth.
Let’s be calm
Nine months is defiantly more than enough time to sort it all out. If your dog is fairly jumping or doesn’t know how to be calm, maybe this is where you should start. If your pooch is still a puppy this is the perfect time to do so, teaching them from a young age will help them be calm around the baby and young children when they get older.
Think about your energy
Dogs will mirror your emotions so whatever you’re feeling, try not to show it around the dog, you don’t want them crying of happiness as soon as the baby walks through the door, as well as everyone else
Scent is important
Try and bring an item that smells like the new baby from the hospital, this could be one of the most important things to do for your poooch before bringing the baby home.
During this ‘exercise’ it’s key that you set very clear boundaries. You should challenge your pooch to sniff the item from a distance, allowing them to know that it’s yours and not theirs.
The nursery is the prime location of where your baby will be, from day one, until your dog is very comfortable around the baby, this room should be off limits, eventually, your dog will be allowed into sniff and explore but it’s great to start small.
The Intro, the big day
Now, this is the big day. It might be helpful to have someone look after your dog on the first day at home, so you and your baby can rest before the excitement.
On the day we recommend taking your pooch for a long walk before the meeting, this is so they’re not as excitable and will be calm. When you re-enter your house the dog will immediately know about this new scent, though due to the item luckily it’ll be somewhat similar to them.
Allow your four-legged friend to sniff the baby but at a cautious distance, each time the baby and your pooch will meet you should allow them to be closer and closer so that they know their barrier.
Teach the baby
Once your baby is old enough they’ll be excited to explore, and by exploring we mean the dog! Their first reaction will be strange because it’s not like anything they’ve seen before, so you also need to teach them not to bother the dog, which means yanking their tail etc.
They both need to learn and know of each other’s surroundings, but before you know it they’ll be best friends.
Don’t forget the dog
Having a baby will take up a lot of time and although dogs love new toys, toys and treats won’t make them feel anymore important. Giving them their daily routine is enough, walks, plays and nap time with you.
What if this doesn’t work?
Safety of the baby comes first and is very important, if after working with a professional also doesn’t help then you might have to find another way. Your dog will be much happier in another home without having to mind the day all the time if it is a problem.
Just as long as everybody is happy!
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The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
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