I’m not really understandin’ the fuss about new babies, but some people get awfully messed up ’bout bringin’ home a new baby when a dog is in the house. It’s not hard though, I promise. Like me, most dogs understand it’s a little one. I like babies and newborn anythings! I just wanna take care of em! My Lady says us dogs sometimes need an introduction and a learnin’ session to know how to interact with human babies. We wanna talk to ya today about some tips for introducing your dog the the new baby.
I just want ya to know, that we know when a new bein’ is in the house. Any dog does! As with any guest, dogs are curious and want to get to know em. With a new little human the introduction needs to be a little different. Dogs need to understand that there are boundaries when it comes to children, and especially new babies. It’s essential that these boundaries are established in the very beginnin’, so new parents need to introduce their dogs to the new baby as soon as they come home. We ain’t dumb and we know the little fella is there! Our curiosity will just keep a buildin’! So, it’s best to just jump right on in there!
Here’s some tips for introducing your dog to the new baby:
Dogs respond to leadership, and it is important that you re-establish your role as leader of the pack when you bring a new baby home. Even though the baby is smaller than the dog and helpless, it is important that the dog realizes that the baby is off limits and needs to be respected. Your dog needs to understand that your word and commands are the final word, so practice giving commands and gettin’ the response needed while the baby is in the room.
Introducin’ the Baby’s Scent
One of the best things about dogs is their ability to recognize and distinguish between our scents. As soon as you bring the baby home they know that there is a new person around, based on the scent of the baby. Allow your dog to sniff an item that the baby has used, in order to establish that the item is the babies and that the dog is not allowed to have it. Make sure that while you are introducin’ the scent, you do not allow the dog to take the item.
Keep the Baby’s Room Off Limits
My Lady is a bit easy goin’ on this one cause she’s always had a pack of dogs even when she had newborns, but until ya can be for certain how your dogs will react, she says it’s better safe than sorry. For starters, ya need establish boundaries and further indicate to your dog that the baby is not a toy and needs to be respected, keep the room that the baby is using off limits. If your dog tries to enter the room, remind him that the babies room is not allowed and take them back out. Watch your dog closely around this time to ensure that they understand that they cannot be in there. This is important, especially at first, until you can know for sure the actions of your dog.
Introduce Baby to Dog During Lessons
One of the biggest mistakes parents make is not intentionally introducin’ the baby to the dog. If any of the above things have been an issue, wait until they respond to your commands and respect the word no when you tell them to remain outside of the babies room. Once your dog responds to these commands, bring the baby into the room or lesson space and invite your dog to come and meet the baby. If at any time your dog becomes overexcited or begins to disobey your commands, remove the baby and begin again with your dog.
Give Your Dog Extra Attention
Havin’ a new baby is hard and takes up most of your free time, but it’s important that you continually and regularly give attention to your dog. They might be feelin’ a little left out of all the excitement, and the best way to ensure that they are calm when the baby is around, is to help them get out as much of that extra energy as possible. After all, we just want to be a part of the pack! We hope these tips for introducing your dog to the new baby helps ya out and eases your mind. We promise to accept the new member into the pack and family and will be best friends for life WOOF!