Successfully Introducing Your Dog and New Baby

Dogs are incredibly loyal to their owners and often become a member of the family when dog and babythey are a puppy, making them the family baby. Growing up and caring for them in the same way as an actual baby can make them territorial, especially when it comes to introducing new family members.


When your family expands with the birth of a newborn, your dog may feel sad, frustrated and pushed aside by the baby. Ignoring your dog could lead to behavioral problems, like acting out, going to the bathroom inside, getting into things they’re not supposed to and so forth. This behavior is a cry for their attention, away from the baby.


Dogs find babies to be confusing little beings that make strange sounds, smell different and need their owners 24/7. Obviously you want to care for and cuddle your new bundle of joy, especially because their needs to be met as soon as possible. However, you can make your dog feel important and part of the process of caring for your newborn.


The first step to a successful relationship between dog and your baby is the introduction.


Prior to bringing the baby into the house, take a blanket that the baby was wrapped in at the hospital home so that your dog can get familiar with the scent.


Upon bringing the baby home, make sure the dog is greeted first with the same excitement and attention as every other day.


Once the “hellos” are exchanged, leash your dog gently and quietly and slowly bring the dog over to the baby carrier. The dog will want to smell the baby and may try to lick the baby. Avoid reprimands if possible and be sure to pet and speak softly to your dog with the command of “good boy/girl”.


Make sure the first meeting is quiet and in a communal space such as the living room. If you sense your dog is getting agitated or nervous, end the meeting and try again later.


Every day interactions should be positive. Some may think to keep the dog at bay unless the baby is sleeping, but you want to do the opposite. As you care for the baby, allow your dog to be right there so they do not feel left out.


It is a lot of work and patience, but over time, you can foster a successful bond between your dog and baby.


How Dogs Know So Much About Their Owners

Dog's EmotionIt has been said, and known, to all owners dogs are very intelligent animals. We spend so much of our daily lives caring for and building a loving and trustworthy relationship, which is why it is no wonder we know so much about our dog.


But when we consider a dog’s intelligence, are we looking past their ability to respond to commands and follow directions and see just how much they actually know about us? Yes, that is right. A dog spends more time learning about his owner than the owner does about his dog.


Dogs have that extra sense that allows them to understand what we, as humans, need from them on an emotional level. It may seem unrealistic for a dog to genuinely care for their owner’s feelings, but it is not in the least bit.


Some of what you can expect your dog to sense about you includes:


  • Dogs are quiet observers, which mean they play close attention to your emotions and respond appropriately when you are happy, angry or sad.


  • Your dog can sense your intentions before you even react. Wonder why your dog gets nervous before you even start giving him a bath? They know by grabbing the towel and soap bottle means it’s bath time before you even turn on the water.


  • If you act scared, be prepared for your dog to react by being aggressive towards whatever it is that’s bothering you or getting close and offering comfort such as with a head in your lap.


  • A dog can sense when you have other priorities that do not revolve around them. Dogs are creatures of habit and know when routines, schedules and playtime changes.


  • Dogs sense generosity and can tell a good person from bad. Dogs will act when they sense danger or a disloyal and harmful person. Reading one’s temperament is something you can expect from a dog.


What your dog senses about you is just one more reason why it is a great idea to bring a dog into your family.