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    Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    I have two dogs, and now two babies on the way due in June.  I'd like to make sure we do a good job of introducing our new babies to our old ones and hopefully avoid any issues down the road.  Any tips?

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_babies.html  (excerpt go to link for full article)

    How can I prepare my pet?

    Below are several suggestions to make introducing your pet and baby safer and smoother for all. Be sure to carry out these changes months before the baby's arrival to best prepare your pet.

    Take your pet to the veterinarian for a routine health exam and necessary vaccinations.

    Spay or neuter your pet. Not only do sterilized pets typically have fewer health problems associated with their reproductive systems, but they are also calmer and less likely to bite.

    Consult with a veterinarian and pediatrician if the thought of your newborn interacting with the family pet makes you uncomfortable. By working with these experts before your baby is born, you can resolve problems early and put your mind at ease.

    Address any pet training and behavior problems. If your pet exhibits fear and anxiety, now is the time to get help from an animal behavior specialist. If your pet's behavior includes gentle nibbling, pouncing, or swatting at you and others, redirect that behavior to appropriate objects.

    Get your pet used to nail trims.

    Train your pet to remain calmly on the floor beside you until you invite him on your lap, which will soon cradle a newborn.

    Consider enrolling in a training class with your dog, and practice training techniques. Training allows you to safely and humanely control your dog's behavior and enhances the bond between you and your pet.

    Encourage friends with infants to visit your home to accustom your pet to babies. Supervise all pet and infant interactions.

    Accustom your pet to baby-related noises months before the baby is expected. For example, play recordings of a baby crying, turn on the mechanical infant swing, and use the rocking chair. Make these positive experiences for your pet by offering a treat or playtime.

    To discourage your pet from jumping on the baby's crib and changing table, apply double-stick tape to the furniture.

    If the baby's room will be off-limits to your pet, install a sturdy barrier such as a removable gate (available at pet or baby supply stores) or, for jumpers, even a screen door. Because these barriers still allow your pet to see and hear what's happening in the room, he'll feel less isolated from the family and more comfortable with the new baby noises.

    Use a baby doll to help your pet get used to the real thing. Carry around a swaddled baby doll, take the doll in the stroller when you walk your dog, and use the doll to get your pet used to routine baby activities, such as bathing and diaper changing.

    Talk to your pet about the baby, using the baby's name if you've selected one.

    Sprinkle baby powder or baby oil on your skin so your pet becomes familiar with the new smells.

    Finally, plan ahead to make sure your pet gets proper care while you're at the birthing center.

    After the baby is born

    Welcoming a new baby is exciting for your family. Remember when you first brought home your dog or cat? But before you bring your baby home from the hospital, have your partner or friend take home something with the baby's scent (such as a blanket) for your pet to investigate.

    When you return from the hospital, your pet may be eager to greet you and receive your attention. Have someone else take the baby into another room while you give your pet a warm, but calm, welcome. Keep some treats handy so you can distract your pet.

    After the initial greeting, you can bring your pet with you to sit next to the baby; reward your pet with treats for appropriate behavior. Remember, you want your pet to view associating with the baby as a positive experience. To prevent anxiety or injury, never force your pet to get near the baby, and always supervise any interaction.

    Life will no doubt be hectic caring for your new baby, but try to maintain regular routines as much as possible to help your pet adjust. And be sure to spend one-on-one quality time with your pet each day ”it may help relax you, too. With proper training, supervision, and adjustments, you, your new baby, and your pet should be able to live together safely and happily as one (now larger) family.

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    Tip: Never leave any dog unattended with a child or baby...ever!!!

    Never leave any cat unattended with a baby... common sense please!!

    It is normal dog behavior to want to kill (or at least get rid of!) any foreign object that comes into the home, so until the dog decides to accept the new member of your family into the pack, your baby is at risk.

    Cats have been known to accidently smother infants to death, they are attracted to baby breath.

    PS:

    #1 reason dogs end up at the shelter: aggression

    #2 reason: new baby or allergies

    #3 reason: owner is no longer able to physically or financially care for the pet

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    Congratulations! How exciting!

    What kind of dogs do you have?

    Hope this helps:

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/pets/2013/02/05/tips-for-acclimating-your-dog-the-new-baby/5WMa8Mx2Mu11JEUHlIP5QL/story.html

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    Thanks for the tips.  We'll definitely have to give some of these ideas a try.  We have a 20 lb Schnoodle and 55 lb Coonhound mix.  I think we'll have our hands full with them and adding two new babies to the mix.

    We've had people bring babies to our house before and they each react very different.  Our schnoodle basically just ignores them and shows no interest at all.  Meantime our hound is absolutely obsessed.  She will stare at the baby for hours trying everything in her power to lick them.  She is just dying to lick them in the face which obviously is not appropriate so we end up having to put her on a leash and reprimand her.  I'm assuming this behavior would only last a day or two until the newness of having them around wears off but it is a concern.

    It's funny but she's also obsessed with puppies and follows them around constantly when she's around one.  I wonder if its some type of motherly instinct (although both dogs are neutered/spayed). 

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    Spaying/neutering doesn't get rid of the maternal/paternal instincts that are apparent in some dogs (and cats), I would definitely let the dog sniff the baby, under close supervision, I wouldn't reprimand her...maybe gently redirect her after a few minutes, after all, it is all part of the bonding process with the baby. 

    Proceed with caution...

    Another thing: Be especially careful around food, most dogs do not like their food or food dish touched when eating, don't let kids approach at that time, and don't let the kid wave food around in the dogs's face!  Dogs don't appreciate their feet/paws being handled either!

     
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    Re: Tips for introducing dogs to babies?

    SS, Congrats on your impending arrivals!!  Our DD is 8 months, and our dog is 3.  Lots of good tips above.  Here are somethings that we did that I think were helpful:

    - Before the baby arrived we worked to reinforce his "leave it" command, including specific "leave its" with her toys, blankets, etc.

    - We varied his routine, knowing that we wouldn't always be able to walk or eat right on the same schedule we always had, especialy when she first came home and we were awake and moving around the house in the wee hours.

    - Once she was born, DH brought home one of her blankets every day (I was in the hospital 5 days with a C-Section) to introduce her scent.

    - I always try to include them both whenever possible - I have him sit on the couch next to us when I feed her, I hold her on my lap and play fetch with him, but do make a point to take him for special trips to the park, or in the car to run erands when she is not with me too.

    She is completely enamoured with him, and he has always been very tolerant around kids. We are now working on "gentle" with her.

     

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