This is something you will want to keep going on when the baby is born to keep your dog happy and healthy. The daily walk will be necessary to demonstrate that they are receiving attention and priority. It will also be necessary to leave the house a little. Even a 10 minute walk around the building each day will do.
Teach your dog basic easy instructions to sit, sit, stay, and come if you don’t already know them. If you’re having trouble thinking about enrolling them in a training course or hiring a behavior specialist (we went to PetSmart when Harvey was a puppy). This will allow you to communicate with your dog and help you when things get frustrating.
Consider your energy around the dog before his bundle of joy arrives and when he brings the child home. There will be sleepless nights, diapers, and a lot of spit, but you don’t want to get rid of this frustration for your dog. It will absorb it. When you get frustrated, take a 5-second break
The first is how I behave around me. I continued to play with him as we always did but I no longer let him jump on me ((I mean, obviously I’m pregnant)) but that made him know that he needed to be more careful about others.
We also close the nursery with a door and prepare to leave Bella Games. In this way, you become familiar with the new games. Two months after Bella, we allowed Harvey to come into his nursery with us and he warned her, but he was still very loving. Her feet lick all the time and germs conflict within me. I love him and crawl at the same time.
Baby is Here!
Bring something home from the hospital but not hate. He will say everything you read to bring the hat home. We learned from one of our nurses that a child’s hat and some clothes might smell a small “meaty” scent for your dog. I mean, think about it, that the child was inside your stomach and may have only one sponge bath. You might want to bring a burp cloth or blanket home instead. Imagine if your dog started “playing” with a hat? terrifying.
When you get home from the hospital, remove the dog, whether for a walk or playing with him for a while. Remember, I was away from him for a few days, so he would be very excited to see you. Once its energy has subsided, bring your child inside and place him in his car seat, in a safe place at a distance. For us, this is ours at the family room table. Harvey kept us on his leash and let us smell it. He tried to jump but she was on the table so it was always safe. Then we brought her to her nursery care for a nurse and kept our gate. Bruno sat with Harvey on the outside of the gate, bracing and embracing. Two months later, Harvey was allowed to enter the room and was very quiet. Side note: If your dog is allowed to rise on your bed (our bed is his bed) be careful never to put the child on the bed. I recommend getting this lounger so your dog can always see something and not jump on it.
GIVE IT TIME
The last tip: give the relationship time. Just as you bond and learn about your child, as well as your dog. Bella is now 5 months old and she loves her Harvey. She looks at him all day and loves him when he licks it. Harvey loves Bella, too. Anytime you cry, he finds us almost to our alert. But it took some time. At first, he was a little scared of it (kind of a good thing) and kept after him.