Remember before any
introductions, that the safety of your child should always come first! If your
dog is well behaved, chances are it will adapt to the new member of the family.
If you have any doubt that your dog will not get along with your baby—or you
have any concerns about how your dog may react—consult a professional. You may
contact Kathleen directly if you have any questions at this
It is a good idea to
make preparations long before you introduce your baby to your dog. Kathleen
advises that you introduce stimuli to familiarize your dog with the new sounds
and smells that may cause unease. Some examples are playing a CD or sound clip
of a baby crying, letting your dog smell the baby’s blanket, and setting up the
nursery before the baby arrives. Once your baby arrives, carefully introduce
your pet to your baby, such as allowing it to smell your baby’s feet.
If you plan on not
allowing the dog in certain places where the baby will be, make sure that you
start that training before you introduce your pet to your child. You do not
want the dog to make any negative associations with your baby. Jealousy can be
a factor, so make sure that you are continuing to give your dog a healthy
amount of attention that it is used to, and perhaps even an extra walk or more playtime
to show some extra love. The key note here is about maintaining a balance.