Non traumatic introduction

The dog perfectly perceives the logical nervousness previous to the day of the child's birth and this causes the dog to modify his behavior. It shows itself anxious, going from one place to another within the house. It can even start to moan or howl as a consequence of his restlessness and anxiety its going through. The reason to this is that it ignores that its owner is bringing a new member home. If to this we add a natural rejection, not so much towards the child so as to the contact with the dog, it is also natural to think this can provoke the dog to adopt a stand, or to show an negative attitude towards the baby. That in no way will be right, independently from the size or breed of the dog, and they must always be under an adequate supervision. The ideal situation would be to tolerate the first contact the dog has been expecting to have since the arrival of the baby to the house.

The dog must be able to understand and feel the baby as part of his family or pack. It is one's responsibility to teach the dog how to deal with the new member of the family. Therefore, one has to guide the animal on how to treat the baby when playing with him and vice-versa. The baby will also have to learn how to deal with the dog, and his first move will be touching the dog's face.

If by any chance one has to take the dog and the baby apart, it will have to be done in a subtle manner, not abruptly. The process of setting them apart will be repeated as many times as necessary and for a ten-minute period each time.

For more daring people, it can be highly gratifying to see how delicately and carefully the dog recognizes the just arrived baby. If this is to happen, it would be better to put a blanket on the floor and set the child so that the dog can approach him. The stage of a new member arriving home has now been completed.

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