Socialize your dog around children in a positive and controlled environment.
Observe and become aware of how the dog seeks your attention.
Know your dog’s sensitivities. Research the breed or mixes. Does he startle with fast motion, noises etc.
Begin a baby schedule that includes:
Varied feeding times.
Crating or "dog zone" times
Vary exercise routines
Ignore attention seeking behavior
Allow your dog to become familiar with the baby equipment.
Teach your dog the behaviors you want around the equipment vs. what you do not want. Doing this ahead makes a world of difference!
Parents can use the baby carrier they plan to use with their baby and put a teddy bear in it to get the feeling of what it will be like moving with this.
Work with your dog while you wear this.
Walk your dog with an empty stroller or one with some weight to it to get a feel for this and what needs to be worked on NOW.
Use a CD of baby noises to introduce and create a positive experience prior to the baby’s arrival.
Get the baby lotion and put it on the baby carrier, car seat etc. and the teddy you carry in the sling. Bring the same lotion with you to put the same familiar scent on the baby’s clothing for the dog to be familiar with.
Have Dad bring home a blanket with the baby’s scent on it. Although Dad will have the scent all over him. The blanket can go in the car seat, swing etc.
Schedule your vet visit well ahead of time to be sure to have all meds available.
Familiarize your dog with the person that may care for them.
Plan a good and safe spot for your diapers!
Buy the Dogs and Storks DVD and follow the advice therein before the baby arrives (see below for more information).
Doggone Safe recommends the Dogs & Storks DVD. This is a comprehensive DVD created by Doggone Safe US VP Jennifer Shryock. The DVD provides photos, information and exercises to help prepare the family dog for life with a new baby in the house. This is a must-have resource for expectant and new parents and grandparents who have a dog in the family.
Visit www.familypaws.com for more information and to purchase the DVD
For more information, videos and wisdom about dogs and babies, check out Jennifer's blog.
| What the Experts are Saying:|
"I am so pleased to see the vital work of Jen Shryock. As someone who has spent his professional career focusing on the needs of new mothers, I have heard many mothers speak alarmingly of what will happen when they bring their new baby home to the dog they also love. Ms. Shyrock knows babies, she knows Moms, and she most certainly knows dogs. Her comprehensive knowledge of the field will put even the most anxious family at ease."
S. Meyer, MSW, BCD
"Jen Shryock's "Dogs and Storks" program is a must for all expectant parents. It's a giant step toward the old storybook ending: "and they lived happily ever after". Practical and user friendly, Jen has great insight when it comes to dogs and babies!"
Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, Inc.
"The Dogs and Storks CD produced by Jennifer Shryock of Family Paws provides essential information for new and expectant parents and grandparents. Jen's understanding of the point of view of the dog, the Mom and the child has led to an educational product that is entertaining, practical and full of empathy for the new mother. The Dogs & Storks CD gives clear instructions and explanations using words and photographs as well as providing work sheets and homework to help expectant parents prepare the dog before the baby arrives. Jen's genuine care and concern for new parents, babies and dogs shines through in this terrific CD. I highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to prepare their dog for life with kids."
Joan Orr M.Sc.
"Dogs and Storks is a wonderful resource for expecting or new parents who are also dog owners. The presentation is straightforward, easy to understand and filled with useful information (as well as adorable photos!). Best of all, it can be viewed from the comfort of your own home. Highly recommended, and sure to help make child-dog relations successful."
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