Welcoming a newborn baby into your family is an incredibly joyous occasion! As you prepare for this new chapter in your life, it’s important to consider how to introduce your furry friend to the newest member of the pack. With some thoughtful planning and gradual introductions, you can help create a safe, friendly environment for both your dog and your baby. In this blog post, we will provide you with some helpful tips and guidelines to ensure a smooth transition for your family!
Before the arrival of your baby, it’s essential to prepare your Lab for the upcoming changes! Maintain your dog’s routine as much as possible, including regular walks and exercise. Gradually introduce any new objects or scents that will be associated with the baby, such as baby powder or lotion. This will help your dog acclimate to these new smells and reduce any potential anxiety!
We recommend brushing up on your pup’s basic obedience commands, such as “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it.” Consistency and positive reinforcement training will help establish boundaries and reinforce good behavior! These commands will be particularly useful when you need to redirect your Lab’s attention away from the baby or establish a safe distance.
Once your baby arrives home, it’s important to make the introductions in a controlled and gradual manner. Before the initial face-to-face meeting, allow your furry friend to sniff and familiarize themselves with the scent of the baby on a blanket or piece of clothing. During these interactions, keep an eye on your dog’s body language to make sure they stay calm and relaxed.
Never leave your dog and baby alone together, especially in the beginning. It is strongly recommended to always have an adult present overseeing the interactions. This will enable you to step in and protect both your baby and your pup if necessary.
Despite the changes in your household, try to maintain a consistent routine for your dog! This includes feeding times, exercise, and playtime. Labradors function and behave best on a consistent routine, this will help them adjust to the new dynamics of the family.
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