Posted on June 7th, 2012
Is there a new baby expected in your home?
Clear the Air would like to hare some helpful tips on helping your dog adjust to your new baby. If this is your first baby to come along and you already have a dog, it is pretty safe to assume your dog already thinks he or she is the “baby” of the family.
It is best to start early by making adjustments to your dog’s schedule before your baby arrives. Start by making a list of the ways your dog’s daily routine will be changed. If your dog is used to getting up in the morning and taking a walk right away, this may not be possible when the baby comes along.
If your friends have babies, it might be helpful to ask if your dog can be introduced to him or her. Having a dog listen to a baby crying before yours comes home will let your dog get used to the sound.
You can also bring home a baby blanket from the hospital before bringing your newborn home so your dog can get used to the infant’s scent.
The best way to battle against any undesirable behavior from your dog is through exercise. Make your daily walk a priority so your dog has plenty of time to make use of his energy. Reducing boredom will help make your dogs transition to having a new baby in the house a lot easier.
Make sure to schedule time with your dog. In order to make sure your dog still remains a priority, decide on times when you can give your dog a little extra attention, maybe while the baby is napping or having your dog accompany you on walks with the baby.