Our dogs are sweet and love us unconditionally.
No one is more excited at our arrival when we walk through our door each day.
Our dogs will always greet us with big, sloppy kisses, as if to say,'I am so glad that you are home'.
This is one of the reasons why we love them so much.
Who else makes us feel so important? They are basically the center of our lives until one day somebody new enters the picture...
our beautiful, precious baby.
Your dog needs to feel as special as he has always been in your life when your bundle of joy arrives or you could end up having to deal with a dog anxiety issue.
Before your new baby arrives there are certain things that you can do to reduce the risk and have an easy transition to having a new baby around the house.
To avoid any dog anxiety, safety and jealousy issues on the part of your dog it is very important that you prepare the dog for the new arrival.
Some tips to make the transition a little easier are discussed below: To prepare your dog for the new baby you will have to stage some props.
That new baby smell is distinct.
You will not want the dog to be all over the baby or the baby's things for sanitary and safety reasons.
You need to let your dog know that it is okay to be next to the baby, but not all over the baby.
Put some blankets around the house, perhaps on the sofa, on mom and dad's bed, on the chair in the kitchen and on the floor in the living room.
When Spot gets too close to the blanket, tell him no and redirect him to a more acceptable area.
If you can use a blanket with new baby smell on it from someone that you know with a new baby, this could be very useful to help you overcome any dog anxiety problems once the new baby is at home.
You can also sprinkle baby powder and diapers around the house along with other baby articles, such as a swing or baby bottles.
Get him used to these things, but redirect him when he gets near them.
Dogs do not really belong in the nursery, so start to teach him this early by keeping that room off limits by shutting the door to help make this clear.
Dog anxiety can arise if your dog is suddenly not allowed to do things he could before, then after a couple of weeks leave the door open a bit to test your little friend.
If he gets too close tell him no and redirect him.
Play recordings of babies playing and crying so he gets used to this as well.
Start with low volume and gradually increase it.
When the baby arrives your dog will be curious.
He can sniff around, but monitor this carefully.
If he is behaving as he should reward him with a treat.
Whenever you do anything with the new baby, such as feed the baby, change the baby or play with the baby, the dog needs equal time as well.
You can pet him while you are caring for baby and always reward him with a treat.
He needs to know that he is rewarded when around the baby.
He will eventually see the baby as his little buddy, be a good protector and will have avoided the unpleasantness of dog anxiety and jealousy.
Make sure to play with your dog often so that he does not feel second rate to the baby.
After all, he was your first baby and totally dedicated to you.
Do not leave him out in the cold, but continue to be his faithful friend.