Keep Your Baby Safe from the Family Dog

Keep Your Baby Safe from the Family Dog
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Introducing your new baby to the family dog can be a stressful time for both your family and your dog. There are many important steps with socializing your dog before and after you bring your new baby home. Doggone Safe offers some excellent tips to help acclimate your dog to this big change.

First, begin preparing your dog for your baby’s arrival by following these tips:

  • Brush up on obedience training and make sure your dog is obedient to all necessary commands and cues, especially “no” and “off”.
  • Teach your dog that they cannot always have your attention and ignore all attention seeking behavior.
  • Allow your dog to spend time around young children and also see you with other children.
  • Introduce your dog to your new baby’s crib and toys.
  • Play baby noises on your computer to allow your dog to adjust to the noise, especially high-pitch sounds.
  • Visit your veterinarian to make sure all shots are up-to-date.

Once you bring your new baby home, follow these additional tips:

  • Never leave your new baby alone with your dog even for a short period of time.
  • Remember that dogs can easily become upset. A baby will not pick up on these cues and could easily be hurt after a dog warns to back off.
  • Hold your baby if your dog is in the room. Never allow your baby and dog to both be on the floor.
  • Spend time alone with your dog and provide adequate exercise. This can help prevent your dog from feeling jealous.
  • Do not scold your dog in front of your baby, this could cause your dog to associate the new baby with punishment.

Preventing aggressive behavior in dogs is especially essential when it comes to co-living with a baby. Family Paws Parent Education has a blog specifically about promoting safety for families who have dogs. If you have questions about keeping your new baby safe, Family Paws Parent Education offers a toll-free dog and baby support hotline at 1-877-247-3407.

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Thomas Richardson

Tommy Richardson, owner and president of the AV-Rated law firm of Friedl Richardson Trial Lawyers in Phoenix, focuses exclusively on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Since 2009, Tommy has sat on the Board of Governors for Arizona Trial Lawyers and in 2011 was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and confirmed by the Arizona Senate to the Maricopa Judicial Selection Committee. Tommy represents plaintiffs in trial work in Maricopa, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, Mohave, Yuma, Apache, Gila, Cochise, La Paz, Coconino and Navajo counties. Tommy is the co-chair of the seminar committee for the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers and is involved in the American Association for Justice and American Trial Lawyers.