If you’re already the proud parent of a four-legged baby, try these tips for getting Fido ready for the new family addition.
1. Have a healthy hound
Be sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite prevention and in good health before baby’s arrival.
2. Accustom your pet to infant noises.
Recordings of babies crying and cooing (or an introduction to a friend’s infant) can prepare your pup for what’s to come.
3. Bring home a baby—doll, that is.
Carry the swaddled “baby” around and let it hang out in the swing or bouncer. It’ll be a good chance to teach your dog the ground rules (such as keeping his nose out of the Moses basket).
4. Introduce baby’s scent before introducing her.
Let your dog have a whiff of a blanket that was used in the hospital so he’ll recognize baby’s smell and be less tempted to sniff her upon arrival.
5. Allow your animal time to digest everyone’s appearance.
If you think your pooch will be super-excited to see you after your stay at the hospital, go in the house and give him a few hugs before your partner brings in the baby. You don’t want a pup jumping on you when there’s a newborn in your arms.