7 Tips for Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby


7 Tips for Preparing Your Dog for a New BabyDogs are our babies too and if you’re expecting your first (human) baby, you may worry about how the changes will affect your dog.

Our dogs are a big part of our life and just like people, they love routine and being the love of our lives. If you are pregnant and worried about how your dog will take the new changes, that’s a good thing. Just like it’s best to prepare an older sibling for the arrival of a new baby, it’s also important to look at that for your furry child.

From changes in their routine to getting issues underhand now, there are some tips you can follow to help your dog transition from an only ‘child’ to an older ‘sibling’.

Click through to read 7 tips on how to prepare your dog for a new baby:

  • Get Your Dog Used to Getting His Nails Trimmed 1 of 7
    Get Your Dog Used to Getting His Nails Trimmed
    Your dog likely won't try to hurt the baby, but may accidently with his nails. Getting your dog used to getting hid nails trimmed before the baby comes can help them be comfortable with the procedure on a regular basis once the baby arrives.
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  • Plan Their Care for the Birth 2 of 7
    Plan Their Care for the Birth
    Be sure to have a plan in place for who will walk and feed your dog when you're having the baby. It's also a good idea to have a plan for caring for the dog during your baby's first week home, as that is one of the biggest transitional periods for you.
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  • Get the Big Changes Out of the Way 3 of 7
    Get the Big Changes Out of the Way
    If you need to move your dog's bed or change the house around, be sure to do that well in advance of your due date. It will give your dog some time to digest the changes before the baby comes and changes routine more.
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  • Get Your Puppy Used To Kid Noises 4 of 7
    Get Your Puppy Used To Kid Noises
    There are CDs available that will help your dog get used to the typical sounds that a new baby will make. It can help your dog feel less anxious or bothered when the new noises are for real.
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  • Enroll in a Dog Training Program 5 of 7
    Enroll in a Dog Training Program
    If you have some lingering discipline issues with your dog, you may want to think about enrolling her in a training program. Sometimes behavioral issues may come up or get worse when big changes come up, so it's best to work on fixing them before the birth (especially since you'll have your hands full).
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  • Curb the Jumping 6 of 7
    Curb the Jumping
    If your dog is a jumper, spend the months before your due date training him not to jump up on you, and to get used to not just leaping into your lap as usual. Getting him used to being invited to your lap or into a room can help curb any problems around the baby.
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  • Get Your Dog Used to Baby Things 7 of 7
    Get Your Dog Used to Baby Things
    Try carrying around a baby doll when you're around your dog. She can see you holding a baby, changing a diaper, and getting used to not being the full center of attention. If you have friends with kids, try to get your dog to spend some time with them (safely) and get them used to kids in general.
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