Owners need to prepare their dogs before they bring babies into their homes.
Most, not all, dogs welcome having a new pack member and adjust well. With nine or more months to prepare, the dog that was once the center of a couple’s universe will learn they are still a valued member of the pack. They have been knocked down a notch.
The sooner you work with your dog, the easier the transition will be.
First, in fairness to your dog, a commitment must be made to give him or her, ample time to adjust to the shift in status and to learn the new rules.
If your dog isn’t used to being with children, invite friends with children to visit.
Pairing babies and puppies early provide many benefits for children. Not only do they learn compassion and responsibility, but being exposed to dogs also can reduce the risk of allergies and obesity. Just be sure to do it carefully and cautiously to ensure the experience is good for both.