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First and foremost, congratulations on the impending arrival of your new bundle of joy. There are many first-time parents that worry bringing a baby home will disturb their dogs, whom many have treated as a first-born, and are concerned how they will respond to a newborn, and eventually a toddler, in the home.
Our dogs are very keen on our feelings and can sense when we are anxious about an upcoming event. If you are pregnant, your dog has already sensed a difference. When expecting a baby, you should understand your dog is fully aware of your emotions, and their behavior may have already changed a little bit since you learned you were expecting. They may now seem to favor the pregnant parent – laying closer than usual to the person, following them into every room as to keep a close eye out. Or, maybe they are trending to favor other parent because they are spending more time with them since they are the onetaking them for walks, playing fetch, etc.
The most important thing to remember is this time will bean adjustment for everyone, including your pup. However, there are steps to take to make it an easier adjustment for all involved – here are some tips for preparing your dog for the baby’s arrival.
Prior to Baby’s Arrival
Baby Is Coming Home
If you are not completely confident in how your dog will act with your baby’s arrival, you should consult a professional to ensure the safety of your baby with your dog. The professional may be able to help.
As a parent, one of the most rewarding things is seeing the friendship grow and mutual love a dog and child can have. Here’s to setting up your kiddo and dog with built-in best buddies.