Bringing home your new baby for the first time is one of the most important and cherished memories that you will ever share with your partner. Bringing a baby home not only shows how well you have made a family, but it also shows your Independence from the hospital where you are told what to do. There are many things that will change once your baby is brought to your house, and this includes how your pets respond to you and the new baby. A lot of new parents find that their dogs that they have had in their home for a few years act pretty crazy once they bring their new baby home. This not only brings stress to you as a new parent who is not getting enough sleep, but it also causes stress on your new baby who does not know what is going on, and can only hear all of the barking and commotion that your dog is making. Dogs are a lot like people in the sense that they have been somewhere for a long period of time so they believe that it is their home and they do not like a lot of change to go on while they are there. This is a big problem since a new baby is the house that cries and takes up a lot of attention is a huge change and your dog will sense this immediately. A lot of parents find that they have to get rid of their family dog that they have had for years because they can not control them around their new baby and are afraid that the dog might hurt the little one. You should never have to choose between your loving family pet and your new baby. These two important objects in your life should be able to share the house together and make things work! The problem is a lot of parents have no idea where to begin when it comes to training their dog to be nice around their new baby. Steps to training your family dog to take it easy around your new baby are listed below. Hopefully these steps can help you out and you will see a dramatic change in your loving pet and they will make life easier for all of you.
Step Number One:
Never yell at either the baby or the dog. Yelling only makes things more difficult to handle and even makes everyone more stressed out than they were before. You would think that yelling would make you feel better and make your pet listen but actually it is the other way around. When an animal or human is under a great amount of stress it is actually better to stay calm and try to work on the problem without raising your voices. Your dog will become very scared and more upset if you yell at him so try and stay calm and things will work out much better for all of you.
Step Number Two:
Always stay consistent. When training any type of pet to do anything you always have to stay consistent. If you fail to do this you will only confuse your dog and things will be worse than they were in the beginning. If you decide that you can not do this on your own than you might want to consider taking your dog to a training class either at your vet or at your local pet supply superstore. This way you pet will be getting the consistency that he needs to be a good dog and learn like he or she is supposed to. Another key to staying consistent is to make sure that you and your partner are treating your dog the same way. If one of you is being nicer or not disciplining the animal then you are not staying consistent in the eyes of your dog and this is just as bad as you not staying consistent on your own. Try and not confuse your pet, that is very important.
Step Number Three:
Ask for help if you need it. A lot of people do not even bother asking for help when they need it and that is not a good thing to begin to do. If you are having a very hard time training your dog to be nice around your new born baby then it is the time to begin to ask for help. Everyone around you should see how important it is tat there is less stress in your home and should be willing to help. If no one around will or can help you then you should look in to someone who trains pets for a living. They can answer any questions you might have and help you in the success of training your pet.
Step Number Four:
Always make a place for time out. Just like children dogs understand that when they are placed in time out they have done something bad. This is important when trying to train your dog to stay calm. As soon as your dog starts to act out of control send him to his time out spot and you might see that he begins to understand that he is acting bad and will improve in no time at all. A garage or laundry room is a good place for time out. You should keep in mind that a crate is not such a good idea for time out because you want your pet to feel safe and happy in their crate, not like they did something bad!
As you can see there are a few steps that might make training your dog to take it easy around your new baby a little easier. Never forget to stay calm and happy. You love your pet so you should be willing to take some time with him or her!