|Written by Bill Hanks|
Six years ago, my son and daughter in law adopted a small dog. ¬†Three years later they had their first baby. ¬†Shortly after that another baby came along. ¬†The little dog went from being the baby of the family to just a house pet. ¬†Needless to say, that didn't work out too well. ¬†The little dog would nip and growl at the little ones. ¬†Reluctantly, they had to find the dog a new home.
All ¬†of this could have been avoided, if preventive measures would have been taken. ¬†This article provides some tips for being proactive with your pet, before the baby arrives.
Step One; If your dog is not very sociable, add a few trips to the dog park. ¬†This will place him around strangers.
Step Two; Buy some CDs of baby sounds like crying and cooing.
Step Three; Place some baby powder in and around your pets bed.
Step Four; ¬†Make sure that your pet can get away from crawling babies. ¬†Your pets first move is to get away from someone that wants to pull on their ears or tail.
Step Five; Lay out some old and used baby toys on the floor.
Step Six; Make sure that your pet is updated on all shots. ¬†Have them checked for fleas and ticks often.
Step Seven; Consider moving your pets bedding. ¬†Sometimes givng your pet a little privacy can help their temperment.
Step Eight; ¬†Teach your dog some simple commands like sit and lie down. ¬†These can be useful after the baby arrives.
Step Nine; ¬†Do not ignore your pet. ¬†This is easy to do, when the baby arrives.
Step Ten; ¬†Introduce your pet to the baby. ¬†Let your pet use their senses around the baby.
Finally monitor your pet closely, when it is around your baby at all times.