Many parents worry about potential risks to their newborn baby from pets who’ve long had the run of the family home. Ideally, your dog should be well-trained before the baby comes along but if not, placing a safety gate between pet and baby areas of your home can help take the stress out of worrying about where your pets are when you’re not looking.
According to the Dog Breed Info Centre, your dog will view the new addition to the family as a new member of the pack. As such, he or she may need some re-education about their place in the pack.
Many breeders recommend including the dog – under strict supervision of course – in your interactions with the baby so that they don’t feel excluded from the new hierarchy. Your dog will also need to come to terms with the fact the baby comes before them in the restructured pecking order.
Here are some more handy tips on creating a harmonious pet-friendly home for your little one:
- Both Dreambaby® and Bindaboo gates are available in extra-tall variations. If you have a particularly large breed of canine, this one-metre high gate will help give you some extra peace of mind. Even as your child gets older, keeping the gates in place might protect your pets as much as your offspring!
- Make sure your dog knows the baby’s room is out of bounds and that feeding and sleep times are also off limits.
- Teach the dog to walk beside or behind the stroller, not in front. It’s a good idea to practice this with an empty stroller before baby’s arrival.
- Before baby comes home from the hospital have your partner or a family member bring an object containing the baby’s scent to your dog. Place the object on the floor and only allow him to smell it from a distance. The dog should be close enough to smell but not touch!