9 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby

  

2. Teach proper manners in advance

Jumping is a nuisance under normal circumstances, but it could be dangerous when you add an infant to the mix. To avoid accidents, teach the dog to sit and wait for a greeting and to get on the furniture only when invited. Walking your dog could get complicated when you’re carrying a stroller, so practice before the baby arrives. Teach your dog “leave it” and “drop it” commands so you’ll be able to command your dog to leave baby’s items or drop them if he has them in his mouth.

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