If you have had a pet dog for many years and you are too attached to it, you might be worried when you are expecting a baby in your life. The cause of the worry would be how your dog will live with the baby. Many owners make the wrong move by getting rid of their pets because of the fear that they will cause harm to their babies. You need not opt for this resort while expecting a baby. Most dogs can be trained to live with a newborn baby. You need to keep in mind that you need to treat your dogs properly.
Pets and children make wonderful companions if they are raised properly together. They should be taught to behave in a better way with one another. Children who grow up along with pets will learn to respect and love the animals in a better way. Also, such children will respect the animals for life. Even when they grow older, they learn their responsibility by helping and caring for the animals. The animals enrich the lives of children beyond belief.
Having a baby might be a little problematic for the humans as well as dogs. The dogs might act differently as they are treated differently. Some owners might have spoiled the dogs by pampering them like a baby, so it might be a little tough to handle such dogs when there is a newborn in the house. There are owners who punish the dog for normal or curious behaviour towards the newborn as they are stressed a lot in handling the baby. The pets that were the centre of your world have been replaced by your baby and this might make the pets envious. You need to treat your pets properly by spending enough time and effort on your pets so that they can accept the newborn and live in harmony.
Sometimes, your dogs might be overprotective of the newborn. Some owners enjoy the same and prefer making the dog a guard for their babies. It is normal for the pet to be protective, but it is dangerous to be overprotective. The dog will not let anyone approach the baby and there are such scenarios that have left the owners with no other option than sending the dog out of the house.
If you are preparing to bring your newborn home, you need to ensure to prepare your dog in advance. Some dogs do not consider babies as humans due to their size, strange noises that they make and smell. You need to take time to give extra love and attention to your dog to keep it away from bad behaviour. Prepare the dog to face what lies ahead so keep it ready to accept the new member of the family. You can use calming remedies such as oils, aromatherapy, and herbs or prescription medicines to bring a better behaviour. Talk to your veterinarian about the best products that are available and the impact of the same on your dog.
However, be aware of the fact that your dog is an animal that can bite or cause harm to your baby at any point in time, intentionally or unintentionally.