The wild hormones, the sleepless nights, the aching private bits, the scream of a new born baby… nothing can really prepare you for becoming a first-time parent. Bringing your baby home is daunting on its own, let alone trying to prepare your dog for your new arrival.
In today’s post I will do my best to give you some little tips and advice to help ensure that your dog’s world isn’t entirely flipped upside down when the baby arrives.
From being your only child, your dog will very quickly move down the ranks when you bring that baby home. Dogs love routine. So before the baby arrives, start to think about some of the changes that might occur to your dog’s world and start to introduce them before the bub arrives. For example, if you currently let your dog on your bed or your couch but you don’t want that to happen when you bring your baby home, start training them now. If you don’t want the dog going into the baby’s room uninvited, start putting the boundaries up now. If you don’t think you will be able to walk your dog at 8am every day like you do now, start mixing it up. Start to drip feed the changes to your dog a little bit at a time, rather than making all the changes at once which can be a lot for the dog to handle. If you do this before the baby arrives, your dog will be more relaxed and prepared when the big day comes.
I know this sounds a little silly, but get your dog used to walking beside the pram before the baby arrives. The pram is generally a purchase that is made before the baby’s arrival, so it’s a good idea to get the dog comfortable around the pram without the baby in it to start with. And yes – that is pregnant me in the photo walking Cooper with an empty pram! Super embarrassing yes – but so worth it! Cooper learnt to walk so well with the pram and it’s really paid off as now we walk every day with no issues.