Some dogs are easy going and accept just about anything that comes their way. Then there are most of the...
Some dogs are easy going and accept just about anything that comes their way. Then there are most of the other dogs on the planet... siesta.jpgI'm not a dog person. I'm so much more of a baby person. My best friend has a dog (BIG dog) and he licks her baby's face and runs around and it makes me crazy. Oddly though the two of them get on like great roommates. Bella loves him and he adores her. But there were some heavy adjustments in the beginning and some still. If you have a dog you can ease your pet into the idea of having a new baby around before you give birth.
  • Allow your pet to be in the same areas your baby will be spending a lot of time -- say the nursery and living room. However, if you haven't already, start to make sure he's not jumping up on furniture because he could knock over something with your baby on it or knock something onto your baby.
  • If your dog is super calm in the nursery give him tons of love and rewards.
  • I've read that you can get a baby doll that cries to get him used to you carrying something new around but that sound very odd to me. Still, I have heard that it can help.
  • If your baby's born at home keep your dog out of the area until after the birth and then take out a blanket that smells of your newborn for him to sniff. Do the same if you're coming home from the hospital.
Use caution. Now that you're a parent your baby's safety comes first. I've seen babies who were hurt by dogs because the family 'assumed' they'd eventually calm down and accept the baby. Not all dogs and babies can co-exist peacefully. It might be sad but the baby comes first. If it's been months and your pet has not adjusted, is still jumping up or trying to nip the baby it's time to find him a new home. Visit this great WebMD article that discusses how to get everyone, including your pet ready for the new baby's arrival.

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