A newborn takes over your life. That’s agreed. So it’s no wonder siblings, husbands and even dogs get jealous.
The RSPCA has some simple guidelines for dog owners when it comes to bringing home your new baby.
“Start by ensuring that your dog is well trained (ie. will sit, stay, lie and come on command).”
“When you first bring your baby home try not to upset your dog’s routine too much.
“Continue to greet your pet and reward them for their good behaviour. You may wish to save their favourite toys for the day you bring your baby home as a way of distracting them,” said the RSPCA.
This dog has been made an honourary ‘brother’ . Image via Instagram.
The animal welfare organisation suggests that preparations can begin in the last few months of pregnancy by carrying a doll around the house – in order to get your dog used to the idea of sharing your attention.
“Allow the excitement of your new arrival to quieten down before gradually introducing them to one another.”
“Always make sure your dog is being well behaved (ie sitting and staying rather than jumping up and pawing) during introductions and remember to reward them for good behaviour.”
Involving the baby and the dog in activities – like going on walks – could help your pet to relate positive experiences with your newborn, say the RSPCA.