Canine Path is happy to help you ready your dog for your newest addition. The key to having your dog and baby get along is to plan ahead.
At Canine Path we are happy to help you prepare your dog for the arrival of your new baby and make this a smoother transition.
Sometimes dogs are afraid or fearful of a new baby; new smells, crying, hustling and bustling are all part of bringing a new baby home. While it’s a joyful event it’s also stressful for you and your dog. In a matter of a day or two a calm, scheduled household becomes a noisy, disruptive environment. Many dogs have a tough time adjusting to all these new stressors and may react in a negative manner. Dogs may start to act out by:
- Chewing up the babies things
- Peeing inside the house
- Standing in the way,
- Growling at the baby
- Becoming overprotective
Your dog probably does may not understand the baby and may act out or become fearful. As a pet owner It’s imperative that you set appropriate boundaries with your dog and still find time to let him know he’s an important member of the family. You need to gradually introduce your dog to your new baby.
At Canine Path we are happy to help you prepare your dog for the arrival of your new baby and make this a smoother transition. Listed below are a few key factors to keep in mind:
- Even if your dog is friendly with most people, don’t assume he will be friendly with your baby. Keep in mind many dogs do not see babies as human. Babies are small, wiggle, make noises just like small animals and compete with your dog for attention. Dogs evolved as predators and instinctively chase moving animals and objects, often without thinking.
- Additionally, your dog and baby are competing for resources: time, food, space and your attention. Setting clear boundaries from the beginning will help ensure a smoother transition.
- Babies and toddlers are at ‘eye level’ and unknowingly, they can challenge a dog by looking him in the eye, which may fuel an attack or a rough play session.
Our trainers help you prepare for your baby by helping your organize your home (create dog free and/or baby free zones). For safety reasons dogs and kids will need to be separated at various times into separate rooms, a crate , etc. Additionally, it is imperative that a dog get used to baby noises, smells and get used to an environment that has a baby in it 24/7 rather than being overwhelmed by all the noises and bustling a new baby brings with it.
Like babies, dogs thrive on predictability, and a newborn dramatically changes everyone’s schedule. At Canine Path we have a great deal of experience helping parents, babies and dogs get on the same page and create a more harmonious household.
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At Canine Path we like kids and dogs and we can help you build a training plan to help desensitize your dog to your new baby and help create a more harmonious household.