Having a baby is time for big changes. If you already have a furkid in your life and are soon brining home a human, it is important to think through the impact on everyone. Think about it from a dog's perspective--suddenly there is a ton of new furniture, toys that are off limits, lots of visitors in the house, a new sleep schedule, not to mention the new squirmy, noisy, smelly creature you are carrying everywhere!
Maggie Marton from EcoSalon has some great suggestions in her recent column Bow Wow and Baby. Marton suggest some important things to do before the baby comes home to get your dog ready: set out some baby toys, run the mechanical swing, and maybe even play a tape with some baby sounds. The key is to desensitize your pup to as many new things as you can using positive reinforcement. When the human baby does come home from the hospital, the first introduction might be a little overwhelming to your dog. Marton has some tips for making sure that goes smoothly too.
Human babies can take up a lot of time and energy, but it is important to not forget that your dog still has needs too. Make sure you find time to still give him proper exercise and steal away some play time with your old buddy too. Marton has some good ideas for finding time and making it all positive. Planning and patience will keep the whole pack happy.
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