Preparing Your Dog For Baby’s Arrival
Up until now, your dog was not just a family member, he was also sort of like, well, your baby. He had been getting all the attention. Your phone was loaded with photos of him! Now there is a huge threat: a baby! While he might not be aware just yet, now is the time to begin preparing little Tito for baby’s arrival. Make this an easy and smooth experience for the whole family, including your four-legged boy with these easy tips.
1. Take your time to introduce him
Take your time to very slowly introduce new baby. As Cesar Millan’s advises, you might want to bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth from the hospital before bringing home the baby. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item. By doing so, you are communicating to your dog that the item is yours and then giving permission for the dog to sniff. This helps start the process of creating respect for the baby.
Once and if you feel comfortable, allow dog to smell baby’s carrier, playpen, and so on. Do this every day, once or twice per day, and make sure to keep at it for at least for the first month after baby’s arrival.