Bringing Home Baby
If your pet has been your baby up until you bring home a baby of the human kind, here are some tips to help with the patter of tiny human feet:
2. When have had the baby and are still in hospital, get your partner to bring home a blanket that smells of your new baby. Let your pet sniff but not get hold of it. Again praise calm behaviour.
3. When you come home, greet your pet. Give your baby to another adult to hold until you have greeted your pet. They will have missed you and expect you to have time for them.
4. Supervise all interactions between pet and child. Young children should not be left alone with pets, especially dogs, until they are at least 7 years old. Teach them to leave their dog alone while it is sleeping, resting, eating or playing with special toys.
5. When you are home, set aside time just for you and your pet. Also use quiet times, like baby feeding times to pat your pet and talk to them. They miss mum and dad and getting their undivided attention. Everyone needs a little cuddle sometime.