In our last blog, we talked about a few things you can begin doing to get your dog ready for a new baby. Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you are preparing for your new baby to arrive home:
Establish boundaries in the house
Once the baby is home, it will be pretty chaotic for a while. You will want your dog to already have a well-defined sense of what areas in the house are now off-limits. This might mean that they are not allowed in the nursery, or on the furniture, or in a certain part of the kitchen, for example. No matter what boundaries you decide to establish, it is important to introduce them well in advance of your baby coming home.
Meet other children
If you are lucky enough to have other young children in your family (or group of friends), try introducing your dog to them in the month leading up the baby. The more exposure your dog has with tiny humans, the better! This way, once the baby comes home, interacting with them will not be a completely foreign concept for them to understand.
It can seem like an overwhelming task to prepare your home for a new baby. Don’t forget the dog when making these preparations! Our Mooresville dog training expert can work with you and your dog to create a personalized training plan to prepare for the new baby. Contact us today for your free evaluation and to set up your next training appointment!