The dogs are our children, especially when we have no human children. We treat them like children, often openly spoiling them. That can be a problem when a baby arrives to the family. If we neglect the dog, he may feel jealous and hurt the baby. Or even, he can inadvertently hurt the baby or the mother who has just given birth or had a c-section. Therefore it is important to take certain precautions to prepare the way for the arrival of a new family member:
First of all educate the dog in time. Click here to find out how. A dog who knows how to walk properly next to the master, who can follow simple commands such as sit, stay, pick up or drop something, is easier to handle. So if you have not done it yet, do so as soon as you can, make this a priority, so that when the baby arrives, and the dog has been obeying for several months.
Restructure the dog’s routines to what you think will be the new family routines with your baby. What time you will rise, will feed the baby, bring him out in the sun, nap, etc. Include among those activities, dog activities. Ideally, the dog will learn to go out to the yard at the same time that we will bring the baby out, so he will not be asking when we are busy with feedings or bath.
Have a routine of structured time for the dog. The dog will learn that there is a time to play with him, pet him, brush him, etc. And keep it once the baby arrives so that the dog will not feel left out.
Buy baby things including lotions, powder and perfume, early. Let the dog smell them and get used to the new smell. Set up the baby’s and let the dog come in and explore. Educate him to not climb on the baby furniture now that the baby has not arrived yet, so he has learned it when the baby arrives.
Finally, after returning home from the hospital, after a couple of days off it’s better to have someone else hold the baby to enter the house, so the mother can attend to the dog until it calms down. Once calmed, the mother may sit with the child in her arms, and the father aside in case of an emergency, and let the dog smell the child to know him.
It will take a few days to adjust to the routine of having two babies at home, but with a little effort and organization, it can be achieved.