Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby

How to Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby

If you have a dog and are expecting a baby, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. Dogs that are not brought up around babies or children may not understand. So, what is the ‘right way’ to introduce your dog to your new baby? Here are a few tips that will help make everything a lot easier for you.

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If you have a dog and are expecting a baby, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. Dogs that are not brought up around babies or children may not understand. They may also have some jealousy issues, and you don’t want it to be a situation that could be dangerous for the new baby. It is important to introduce them the right way. So, what is the ‘right way’ to introduce your dog to your new baby? Here are a few tips that will help make everything a lot easier for you.

Good First Impressions

When you get ready to bring your baby home from the hospital, you will want to make sure that they make a good first impression on your dog. It may be a good idea to go into the house one at a time, so as not to overwhelm your pup. You may also want to give your dog some attention, and not make it seem like all eyes are on the new baby. Once you have greeted your pup and shown them love and affection, it is time to introduce the baby into the home. It may even be a good idea to have your spouse or partner bring the baby into the house after you have a moment of one on one time with the dog.

When you first bring the baby inside the home, you don’t want to put off any negative vibes. Believe it or not, your pup can actually pick up on these things. You don’t want to seem nervous, because it will make the dog think that the baby is a threat. Instead, make sure that you talk to your pup in a calm and happy voice. Make sure that you keep them a good distance apart at first, just so that you can see first reactions. You don’t want them to get too hyper or overwhelmed and accidentally hurt the baby. Even the most even-tempered dogs can be hyperactive, which could be dangerous around a baby.
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Tips for the First Meeting

Whether you want to let your dog get to know the baby immediately, or wait a while, make sure that you take these key tips into consideration:[su_row][su_column size=”3/5″]

  • choose a room that is quiet, without a lot going on
  • sit down and hold your baby in your arms
  • use a leash to help keep control of the dog
  • have a partner that will help you introduce your pup
  • look for body language that says your dog is relaxed
  • keep a good distance
  • allow your dog to sniff the baby’s feet briefly
  • praise your dog for good behavior

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Even after meeting your baby, you still won’t want to leave the baby and the dog unattended together, because you never know what could happen. Remember, if a dog feels threatened in any way, they may react and it could be dangerous for the baby. Over time, as the baby gets bigger, your dog will begin to see them as part of the family as well. At first, they may just think that the baby is just visiting.

What to Expect Next

It is important to remember to nourish a good relationship bond between your dog and your baby.  Dogs are very loyal animals, and once that bond is formed, they will be a great protector for your infant. As your dog realizes that the baby is there to stay, you may notice some jealousy issues. This is when it is very important for you to give your dog adequate amounts of attention. You also want to make it a habit to interact with your baby and dog together sometimes, because it will help their bond to strengthen. It isn’t just the dog that is going to build a bond. Your baby will ultimately develop one as well.  Children that grow up with dogs in the home have been known to have better social skills, fewer illnesses, and a deep appreciation for unconditional love.

Here are some more great tips from Cesar Millan:

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What to Do if Your Dog is Aggressive

If your dog responds to your baby aggressively, then it is likely that they haven’t had much experience with socializing with children. They may just be afraid of them, but sometimes, it is more of a matter of dominance and claiming territory. Some dogs are very territorial, and this can ultimately lead to aggression. It may be something that you need to talk to both your veterinarian and pediatrician about. You may need to see a Certified Animal Behaviorist or other trainer that will teach them to calm their aggressions. Some dogs just aren’t suitable around children, and if all else fails, you may need to find another home for your dog – a home that doesn’t have children.

While everyone wants to expect the best when it comes to their dog meeting their newborn baby for the first time, it is always important to be cautious. Remember these tips when your newborn makes his grand entrance into this world. Don’t take it lightly, because this is when accidents and injuries occur. Also, don’t just assume that your dog will be aggressive. He may turn around and surprise you and be extremely gentle with the new baby. All dogs react differently in different situations, and there is no way to know for sure just how your pup will respond.

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