9 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby


5. Introduce your dog to the sights and sounds of a new baby

Get a doll that will imitate the sounds of a baby. Feed, diaper, swing, bathe and spend time with the doll just as you would with a baby and let you dog share in the experience. Teach the dog how to respect boundaries and how to behave around the baby; teaching him to remain calm when the baby is crying or sleeping is especially pertinent. Give him a blanket or some piece of clothing to smell and give him a treat after he smells it. Repeat the activity a few times and he’ll learn to associate your baby with something pleasant.

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