The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for a family, but it can be a little stressful for the family dog. He’s likely used to getting all your attention, so it’ll be a big adjustment for him too! Luckily, there are things you can do to help your dog get used to the idea of a new addition in the home. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that will help you prepare your dog for a baby’s arrival.
Start a Schedule
Your dog is used to its routine – and how much time it spends with you. But once a new baby comes along, you’ll have much less time to spend with your four-legged friend. Instead of waiting until the new addition comes home to switch up the daily routine, start now by giving your dog more alone time. Don’t feel bad – it’s better for the dog to adjust now than when the baby is home.
Make Your Dog Comfortable
You and your dog will feel the stress of having a new baby in the house. To help each of you, create areas for your dog to be comfortable, whether you’re busy with a baby or not.
First, set up an area in the room where you spend most of your time (or will, once the baby comes). Set up your dog’s bed in a space where they can see you. Try to avoid corners; your dog should never feel stuck and should always have a way out. Make sure the area is a safe distance from where you will be spending time with the baby. Consider putting up a pen if you are worried about falling asleep with the baby.
Another area to set up to make your dog comfortable is a “quiet zone.” Dogs can often get overwhelmed with new noises, smells, and activities. Make sure they have a place all their own that they can go to if they need a baby-free retreat. A crate in another room or a pet bed in a clean closet are good options.
Dogs have very powerful hearing, and loud noises can be upsetting. Needless to say, the cries of a new baby could cause a lot of stress. Before the baby arrives, take time to desensitize your pup to noises. Choose a calming phrase and a favorite treat. Say your phrase and give a treat or ear scratch. When a sudden noise happens, you can say your phrase and let the dog know that a treat or cuddle is coming.
Contact Argos Dog Training
If your family is expecting the arrival of a new baby, take the time to get your four-legged family member prepared. If you need some help, Argos Dog Training is the expert dog trainer in the Boston area and can assist with all of your training needs. Contact us today to set up a consultation!