Pregnancy marks any period of changes in family life, but for dogs, these changes can leave your pet stressed, disoriented, or even traumatized. If you want your family to remain as a whole, including your dog, before and after the baby’s arrival, you need to do a few key things to ensure a smooth transition for a dog to adapt well.
Train Your Dog Seriously, Now
Don’t expect a misbehaving dog to change overnight. If your dog is not well trained when pregnant, it may be too late to train him properly. The lesson here is to train your puppy before planning a family.
Make the Dog Your Nursery Assistant
When you’re setting up the new nursery, let your dog watch or even help you with it (if possible). Try to adjust the nursery with new paint, wall, new furniture, or might be even the new shiba inu plush (toy for your kids). Changing the environment by involving the dog will help to create comfort for the dog in the new condition.
Try New Routines
In order to promote the dog’s new life and schedule, it is recommended to reduce the attention focus on the puppy and reducing extra walks with your puppy. This will minimize the impact of arrangements after the baby arrives. You need to groom your puppy after being petted and bathed so that it will lessen the fondness of it when the baby arrives.
Prepare New Feelings for Them
Get them used to things related to babies. You have to prepare the dog for the loud noise of the baby, it is possible by playing the recording of the baby’s cry at a low volume and give the dog something to eat. This technique can help your dog become familiar with new sounds and reassure him that these noises are a good thing.
When the baby is home, first let the dog smell the mother’s hand with the baby’s scent. This will allow gradual introduction and help the dog understand that the mother who can interact the most with the baby is the person in charge. Then bring the baby blanket and your baby’s shiba inu plush into the room and let the dog smell it. Be sure to keep quiet, because you don’t want to distract him when he sniffs. After completing these steps, you can start a formal demonstration. Make sure you bring the dog to the baby instead of bringing the baby to the dog to control the situation. You have to make sure the dog knows that you are in control and you have to obey.
Don’t Stop Warning Signs, Watch For Them
You don’t want the dog to associate negativity or punishment with being around the baby. If a dog and a baby growl in the same room, take the baby out of the room, not the dog. If you punish a dog, you’re not necessarily teaching him that aggression is improper, you are teaching him that these warning signs are improper, noting that the dog might be scared. Penalty warning signs can make them go away in the future, meaning the next time, the dog may just bite. However, if your dog shows aggressive behavior towards your baby, keep the dog away from the baby and seek the help of an expert in animal behavior.