Welcoming a baby into your home can take some adjustments, for both you and you dogs. Here are some tips from Alana & Marco who run the Kingston / Belleville and Ottawa West Bark Busters.
- Make any changes to your dog’s environment and routines at least 2 months prior to bringing your baby home (i.e. dog is now outside more, feed and walk times are variable, not sleeping on your bed, etc.)
- Start ignoring your dog’s demands for attention. Call him to you for pats. The demanding will only get worse once baby is home.
- It is best to use a crate/portable den for your dog to sleep in and to provide his own “safe place” when you need him away from you or your baby.
- Ensure your dog has at least basic obedience training in place and working.