When you bring a new baby home, your dog will be exposed to a myriad of new sights, sounds, and smells. Some of them may upset her, especially if she didn’t have the opportunity to spend time with children when she was a puppy.
You will radically change your daily routine, so your dog’s schedule will also change. And by necessity, she will receive less of your time and attention. This can be a difficult time for her, especially if she has been an “only child” for some time. To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for everyone, it’s important to take some time to prepare your dog for the arrival of your new addition.
In the months leading up to the birth of your baby, you will focus on two things: Teaching your dog the skills he will need to interact safely with a new family member. Help your dog adjust to new experiences and upcoming changes.