Baby coming? Are you and your dog already baby-proof?
I have a counseling program for people who want to prepare their dog and themselves for the arrival of their baby.
Now you probably think: “Oh, but we do not need that! Our dog is so sweet, it does not hurt a fly. ” Or “Say yes, that goes without saying!”. “My dog should be able to do it. He will learn it.
There is no need for a project at all! ” Or “I can see how my dog responds.” The pregnancy time is however the ideal time to prepare your dog for what is going to happen. Because believe me, not only will your life change enormously, but also that of your dog.
It is therefore very useful to think about what you need to change and what behavior you will expect from your dog before the arrival of your new baby. It is so costly to spend time here during pregnancy. Because once your child is there and it is not going well, the process will be so heavy and intensive.
Why would you want to take the risk?
Many parents also say “I do not have time for that now.” I understand that, we are all very busy, but do you think you will have time when your baby is there? I do not think so. On the contrary.
Would it not give you peace of mind if you just do not have to worry about your dog’s behavior with regard to your baby and you know what to do and how to react?
Are you prepared for the first meeting between your dog and your baby? How are you going to tackle this so that everything goes smoothly? Would not it feel good that you should not worry about this? That first meeting is still a very important moment. It can go well, but it can also wrong.
A dog who knows what is expected of him is much more reliable than a dog who has to find it out for himself.
And what about all that visit that comes to your sweetheart?
Expectant parents prepare themselves for their baby’s arrival. The baby room is being put in order, the house is baby-proof, all necessary things have been bought, a delivery plan is being made, etc.
Why not consider the question of what the dog needs during the first meeting and getting used to the baby. Anyway, let us consider a number of things that may all change for your dog once your little one is there. This list is certainly not complete.
Has your dog been in the house without seeing a child for years?
Then you need to lay down some rules in the house for your dog to follow. Consider the following areas. You may add to them as you wish.
Listening without howling, shouting and panic
Wait patiently until your own needs are filled in
Less time for walks, play and contact moments
Get used to all kinds of new baby objects and their sounds
Understanding moody owner due to too little sleep
Stay away from baby toys and stuff
Being happy at the arrival of mom, but not too enthusiastic because of the baby
Do not bark because of the baby
No longer allowed to come anywhere in the house
Do not lick the baby
Come, but not too close
Not allowed on the play mat of the baby
Calm while near the baby
Do not disturb while feeding the baby
Otherwise being touched and sometimes even climbed and pinched
Be calm when other children are visiting. Etc.
Do we not live too much in a fairy-tale world-like dog and child? – Lassie, Lady and the Tramp, Pluto, Beethoven, …?
What are your expectations?
Do you want to prepare yourself and your dog for the arrival of your little baby? Then you better start preparing now.
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