Introducing Pets to Newborn Babies
In order to properly prepare your pooch for your new arrival, there are certain steps that should be taken. Slowly introducing items and creating boundaries will benefit the entire household in the long run. In turn, your dog will be eased into the process and it will reduce your Canine Liability as both a pet and human parent.
Introduce Baby Items- Start by introducing a swing or a blanket to allow your dog to smell and explore the new items. Once he becomes familiar with them, introduce another until the main items are in place. This way, your dog is less likely to be confused or nervous about the changes.
Bring Babies Around- If you know any friends or family members with babies and young kids, bring them around to gauge your dog’s reaction. If you don’t have any immediate baby family members, consider purchasing a toy baby and allowing your dog to explore. As babies tend to grab fur and not be gentle, expose your dog to these kinds of touches in a gentle way. The ASPCA states that if you teach your dog that good things happen when she gets poked and prodded, she’ll be able to better tolerate potentially uncomfortable interactions with the baby.
Set Boundaries- If you don’t want your pet to have access to the nursery, don’t allow him to go in there prior to the baby’s birth. Be consistent with rule setting so the dog isn’t getting mixed signals when the baby comes. By setting boundaries, your pet is less likely to become confused or upset.
Reward their Good Behavior- When your dog interacts with the baby appropriately, be sure to give him praise and a treat. If your dog is more motivated by toys or affection, use those instead. When you introduce the baby, remain calm and confident so as to give your dog direction. Bear in mind that your state of mind is identified by your pet and if you’re nervous to introduce them, he will pick up on that and become unsure.
Never Forget your Pup- it is important to keep the dog’s schedule as normal as possible. Granted, there is going to be a lot more commotion, regular feedings and walks are still important. If you normally take your dog on certain outings, continue to do so with the newborn, as well.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.