How to Introduce your 4-legged baby to his 2-legged sibling

Introducing your pets to your new baby

So you realized you’re pregnant or about to give birth soon and this wonderful bundle of joy will definitely change your life in a very positive way. But let’s not forget that your new baby will change your dog’s life as well. After all Fluffy has gotten used to being the only child for awhile. No worries, Your pup will love his human sibling as much as you do. He or she may be confused at first with all the changes. But after reading this you’ll have all the knowledge you need to baby proof your fur baby.

Training 101

Does your dog listen when you say sit, stay, or down? if you hesitated to answer this then you need to hire a trainer way before you go into the delivery room. This is to make sure your pup doesn’t get overly excited and accidently hurt your baby.

Don’t exclude your pet

Allow your fur baby to  be part of this experience  as much as possible. Your dog has a good understanding, explain to Fido why you may be unavailable to play at the moment or what changes may occur but no matter what you still love him just as much as the new baby.

Pet supplies

While you’re out baby shopping don’t forget to pick-up a few items for your pup. Such as new toys to keep him/her occupied while tending to the baby or getting the baby room prepared. Purchase a pet gate to keep your dog contained in area where the baby can’t be disturbed while sleeping.

Stroller training

You will need to get your pet used to walking next to  a stroller in advance. Your dog also has to learn that pulling isn’t an option. This doesn’t just help your pet but you as well. This may be your first time walking your dog and pushing a stroller at the same time and you too will have to figure what works best for you and your pup. Your pet may feel a little scared or intimated at first so before actually taking him out for a walk with the stroller, get Fido accustomed to it first. Let him sniff the stroller and become comfortable with it. Make sure to praise your dog.

Changing up the schedule

One of the changes your new baby will bring is the schedule you and your dog has had forever. You must get your dog prepared for his routine to change a little and if he isn’t prepared can cause anxiety. Lets say for example your dog is used to getting his breakfast at 7a, try giving out the food 30 mins later or earlier. If you keep playing with the time your dog will realize this is normal and that you haven’t forgotten him. The same goes for his walks. However when it comes to attention, try your hardest to make time daily for the ultimate love fest even it you incorporate this in with the time with the baby.

Praise your dog for good behavior around the baby

It’s only natural that Fido is going to be curious about his two-legged sibling and wants to be close to the baby. Don’t deter your pet from these behaviors but always monitor the situation and give treats and praise when your pup sits politely next to the baby or backs  away when you ask him to. Make sure to ask your vet if your flea and tick meds are harmful to the baby.

Hiring a  professional dog walker

If you feel that doing all this your self is a bit overwhelming, its ok. Hiring a dog walker like us, NOLAs Finest Pet Care will make your life much easier. Your walker will help with keeping your dog on his normal routine when it comes to meal time, walks, and playtime. When looking for a walker make sure they are insured and bonded. For more information on how we can help you and your pet contact us below.