Bringing home a new baby can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. Your dog will be faced with a variety of new routines, smells, toys and sounds in the home. Helping your dog adjust to the change before the arrival can help make it easier for everyone once the baby arrives home.
Where to start
Preparation is key. Getting back to basics and making sure you're reinforcing obedience training before the arrival help make the process a lot easier.
Before the baby arrives, make sure your dog has had a health check with the vet and is up to date with all their vaccinations.
Creating a safe space for both your baby and dog is important. A neutral area in the home may be the best place for the two to meet. You may choose to have your dog on a leash and someone else holding the baby for safety.
Communication is key
If your dog remains calm and gentle towards the baby, be sure to praise them and reward them for their good behaviour. Praise and recognition will help your dog understand that how they are acting is appropriate.
Now that your baby is home, your dog's daily routine may become disrupted. Remember to set aside daily enrichment, exercise, or bonding time to keep your dog feeling attended.