Obedience training is crucial for introducing your dog to a new baby; it establishes control and leadership. Consult a trainer for specific needs.
Familiarize your dog with baby sounds using dolls, videos, or Baby Sounds for Pets. Train them to respond calmly to crying or yelling
Gradually adjust your dog's routine to avoid anxiety. Practice changes in sleeping, feeding, and playtime before the baby's arrival.
Familiarize your dog with baby items. Teach them to behave near the gear, lie down by the rocking chair, and stay away from the baby swing
Initially, keep your dog away from the baby and nursery to establish boundaries. Introduce smells, sounds, and sights gradually under supervision.
Use a gate to clearly designate the nursery as off-limits and choose one that fits your entryway and dog's size
Gradually reduce one-on-one attention for your dog before the baby's arrival. Change the timing of play sessions to avoid jealousy
Provide a safe space for your dog with a designated corner or bed. They need their own retreat when feeling stressed or overwhelmed