Table of Content
- 1 Should you allow the dog to be around the newborn?
- 2 Dog germs and newborns
- 3 Introducing dog to baby
- 4 Best dogs for babies
- 5 Making the plan
- 6 What to do before interaction?
- 7 Signs dog is jealous of a baby
- 8 How do you overcome the jealousy?
- 9 Dog behavior with a new baby: How do you teach the baby how do behave with the dog?
Introducing a new dog with your babies is a moment of excitement & also a worry. If you do not take proper initiative then accidents might occur during the introducing period. You should know & be careful about some important things before the introduction. Many dog experts & vets recommend owners to make a complete preparation before the new baby comes home for the first time. To overcome any problem you should consider some changes in advance so that the interaction is easy & friendly for your baby & the dog.
Should you allow the dog to be around the newborn?
Absolutely, if you have a well-trained pet dog then there is nothing to worry about. But make sure that the dog approaches the baby in a friendly manner.
Dog germs and newborns
If you are concerned that dogs might have games which can affect a newborn baby, then keep in mind that a pet dog who is well trained is not harmful in case of germs. A well-trained house dog does not pose any health risk to the new baby. However, if you see any outsider dog near your baby then keep that dog away these dogs may have dirt and harmful germs which can affect the baby.
Introducing dog to baby
You will have to make a good friendship between your baby & the dog, you can also teach your baby that the dog is your friend. You may take your baby on your lap by sitting closer to the dog. Later you have to take your baby’s hand under the dog’s nose. Your dog will be able to sniff the hand & recognize the new smell. This way they both will get to know each other.
Best dogs for babies
Often people want to know which dog breed they should have who are friendly toward the baby. Here are the best dog breed list for babies
- Chinese Crested
- Bull Dog
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Irish setter
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador retriever
These dogs are not just friendly but also very cute & you may fall in love with them.
Making the plan
Often dog becomes completely surprised by seeing the new shaped human & becomes more curious. So to overcome this, you might take a doll in your arms as if it’s a new baby. You may also play some baby sound from the recordings, when the dog becomes curious, praise him & give him treats. This way the dog will be familiar with the new shaped human & will become less excited when the baby finally arrives.
If you take your dog for training before the interaction then it will not only help you & the dog but also your baby. You should take the dog for training four months before your new baby’s arrival. Now there is a tricky thing, dog scan smell everything in detail. Sometimes when they smell something new, they become very curious about that thing. So before you bring your baby to home it’s important to get the smell of your baby familiar to the dog, otherwise, you the dog will wonder about the new smell.
Another useful trick is to make your dog tired before the interaction. You can take your dog for a long walk or exercise this will make your dog very weak so when you bring your new baby the will not be interested to see what’s happening rather he will focus on resting. Thus you can easily handle the situation. If your dog wants to sniff the baby then keep the dog in a considerable range from the baby.
What to do before interaction?
Before you interact the dog with new baby you will need to take control of the situation, but dogs are always dancing. So how you control the situation? The answer is to take the dog on the walking for a couple of hours before the interaction. After that, the dog will be less energetic so you can take this advantage to control the situation while interacting.
Signs dog is jealous of a baby
Here are some important signs to find if the dog is jealous or not:
- The dog growls when you lap your baby
- When you play with the baby the dog shows some signs of aggressiveness.
- When you give attention to the baby the dog pushes you around
- The dog is urinating around the place where the baby plays
- Your dog is begging you for the attention by showing weird behavior
How do you overcome the jealousy?
You should make a friendly relationship between the baby & the dog. If that doesn’t work, then it’s a good idea to take the dog on the obedience school, because throughout the classes of obedience school, the dog learns who is the boss in the house & which behavior is acceptable & which are not. Also, keep in mind that never punish your dog because it will never solve this problem.
Dog behavior with a new baby: How do you teach the baby how do behave with the dog?
Often it is seen that the baby is stubborn with the dogs. So, in this case, you need to make your baby understand that he might hurt the dog. If the baby doesn’t listen to you then take some time and sincerely tell him no to hurt the dog. Also if your baby is too naughty then allow him to understand the matter sincerely.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.