The wild hormones, the sleepless nights, the aching private bits, the scream of a newborn 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 this post, I'll 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.
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There is a big misconception that getting your dog to smell a blanket from your baby whilst you are in hospital, is EVERYTHING when it comes to preparation for your dog.
Let your dog sniff the blanket and they are prepared for your baby to come home... How your dog responds to the blanket is how your dog will be when you bring baby home...
But this is NOT the case. Unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, it’s just not as simple as that. Believe it or not, your dog has already smelt so many different changes on you in the lead up to the arrival of your baby, your changes in hormones, possibly your milk production and the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
Think about this: when you have new visitors in your house, do you ask each of them to send something prior to coming so you can prepare you dog? Of course not!
We don’t want to make a big deal about them, nor do we want to make a big deal about the baby coming home.
In saying that, bringing the blanket home is tangible and people like to do it.
I’m not going to lie, I did it. BUT, I didn’t make a big deal about it, and that is the important part. If this is something you would like to do, don’t make a big fuss about it, because we want our dogs to be calm around the baby.
Make it short and sweet. Let them sniff and if they are calm, give them a little treat and move on. There is SO much more that we can do to help our dogs than just a blanket, so please keep reading!