February is National Dog Training Month and I’ve been celebrating the month with important training specific topics. Training your dog can make hima better addition to your family. So don’t miss these helpful articles.
A well-trained dog equals a safe dog
Children and dog training
Every dog can use a refresher course
Training a special needs dog
Saving money of dog training
But let’s continue with one of the most important changes that you and your dog will experience together, the arrival of a baby. Last week I shared easy and simple ways totrain your dog for a baby butafter he is prepared for the arrival of your baby how do you plan such an introduction?
A common preparation is to introduce your dog to a blanket or hat of the baby’s prior to the big meet and greet. This is a great idea along with keeping your dog happy and safe with family and friends while you or your wife are in the hospital. By keeping your dog with people that he is comfortable with his anxiety level will stay down leading up to the introduction. He will still sense the change in the emotional atmosphere anyway so do what you can to make things easy on him.
When it’s introduction time, have either you or your spouse stay with your dog and the other stay with the baby. Divide and conquer! No matter how well-trained he is, keep your dog on a leash during the introduction.
When I introduced my daughter to my large dog, Oscar my husband held onto Oscar’s leash since I was still recovering. Honestly though you will probably find that he is more interested in seeing you again than caring about the baby.
Don’t be afraid to let him sniff your baby. Dog’s learn by smell. Think about how they greet each other. It is ok to let this happen as well it is well supervised. Don’t ever leave your dog and baby alone until as set and approved relationship has been set!! Oscar and my daughter were not aloud to be alone for even a second until she was around six months old.
And always be sure to listen to your dog when it comes to caring for your child. He can become another watchful eye that can assist you. Oscar saved my daughter from a poisonous spider when she was three-months-old. I was in the same room with both of them but don’t ever forget the instincts and senses of your dog. He may seem like a baby as well but when it really is needed the dog will come out. And thankfully Oscar alerted me to the danger.
Dogs and children can have a wonderful relationship if you train, prepare and introduce them correctly. But each dog, child and family is different. The key is to know you and your situation so that you can make the best plans that will lead you down a rewarding path.
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