10 Tips for Introducing Your Dog to Your Baby

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by from Blog from the Belly

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    A crowded, co-slept slumber jolted to a halt as the whimpers of hunger suspended dreams of my fictitious bikini body sipping something colorful on a powdered, Bahamian beach.

    Groggily lifting my “babies” from my bed, I waddled down the hall to fetch their breakfast.  My pregnant belly no longer allowed for bending, so instead I filled their bowls with pellets of lamb and liver goodness by squatting.  And grunting. (Eight months of pregnancy turned me into a grunter.)

    My girls were grateful.  Their tails wagged as they crunched on their meal, making my 6 a.m. wake up call worth it.  

    Our lives would be changing soon.  They sensed it.  

    People said we’d barely remember to feed the dogs after we had the baby – let alone find time to walk them, hug them, and reassure their irreplaceable position in our expanding family, but my husband and I vehemently disagreed.  We were determined the addition of our baby would not result in a phase out of our four-legged children, so we felt an incredible responsibility to prepare our dogs to be the best “sisters” a baby could have.

    People said we’d barely remember to feed the dogs after we had the baby – let alone find time to walk them, hug them, and reassure their irreplaceable position in our expanding family, but my husband and I vehemently disagreed.

    After loads of research and advice from our most pet-loving parent friends, we are able to share our best tips for bringing your baby home from the hospital to welcoming, wagging tails, and for setting the stage for an unbreakable bond as all of your “children” grow.

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Jennifer Bruno is a credentialed trainer by day and a freelance writer and aspiring photographer by night. Raised in rural Kansas, Jen moved to sunny Florida after college where she met her husband, who married her despite hearing her sing Dixie Chicks karaoke. Shortly after saying “I do”, they moved to New York City to fulfill their dream of living amongst the bright lights and skyscrapers. They currently share their cramped apartment with two modelesque miniature dachshunds named Millie an ... More

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  1. Thank you for posting. Very interesting article. I will definitely use these tips.

  2. Avatar of Elysia Elysia says:

    Wonderful tips! Some of these I’m going to start doing as soon as possible to make the adjustment easier for my dog. Thank you for posting! very helpful

  3. Avatar of Elysia Elysia says:

    Wonderful tips! Some of these I’m going to start doing as soon as possible to make the adjustment easier for my dog. Thank you for posting!

  4. Avatar of bmattler92 bmattler92 says:

    these are great tips i used a few them when we brought my son home. sadly the dog still gets jealous but we are working on it.

  5. Avatar of Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Great tips. I have 2 dogs and this will be a big change for all of us.

  6. Avatar of nichole nichole says:

    these tips are all great ones! i used many of these ideas or similar, when i first introduced my dogs to my daughter for years ago. they had been used to a wild and crazy toddler/preschooler, but never been around a baby and they both flipped out when i was preggy, so we were careful because we didnt know how they would react with the baby. i also had them babygated out of my living room when the baby was in it at first for a day or two, and let my more submissive (and wary) dog meet baby first, while my wild and crazy guy watched so he could “see” how to behave with baby. they are both 70ish lbs, so my main concern was them getting a little to crazy at first and acidentally hurting the baby. and while my dogs schdual did change some, it started slowly doing that before baby was born, and i sure as can be never forgot to feed them or something! they just got adjusted times on things to fit the babys needs in as well.

  7. Avatar of Morgan Morgan says:

    Thank you for these great tips. I have a dog and while our grand baby won’t be living with us I want to be sure she behaves around the baby. If you are on Facebook, a great page to follow is The Paw Man. 33 yrs of police dog military training – he’s awesome and gives great advice. A lot like Cesar Milon.
    And yeah for me,….. Morgan will be finding out the baby’s gender on MY birthday! :) happy birthday to me!!!!!

  8. Avatar of ImogenSteele ImogenSteele says:

    Interesting read. When I was pregnant with my first child, Sara I used a book called Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant: An essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby. It was really helpful and came with a CD of sounds. Max (my fur child!) took some time to get used to the sounds but the book helped on how to do it. It gave me advice on what changes will occur and how to prepare my Max for them. It also talked about the causes for aggression and why it might occur and how to avoid it. It is written by a vet behaviorist too so it cover health issues as well. Maybe that will help someone else!

  9. Avatar of gfunkified gfunkified says:

    These are really good tips! And I adore all of the pictures.

  10. Avatar of sylvia sylvia says:

    Great tips, I am considering to bring a four legs friend home!

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