When you bring home a new baby, 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. Many dogs that have not spent time with children find toddlers confusing and intimidating.
Some find them just intimidating! Read on to find out what you can do to influence the relationship between your dog and your growing child. As your child develops, teach him to respect your dog’s body, safe areas, and things. Always supervise the interaction so you can guide your child while he learns how to properly communicate and play with your dog. Everyone wins by playing an active role in developing the relationship between your child and dog. Over time, your child will want to invite friends over to play, so it’s important that your dog feels comfortable with unfamiliar children.