Helping Your Pet Get Ready For Baby

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Growing up, our family didn't have pets other than goldfish.  Some of us were allergic to dogs, others allergic to cats, though I think the biggest reason was that my parents decided that raising four children was enough to keep them busy.  That makes our beagle, Dixie, the first pet I've been able to care for, cuddle with and truly love. 

I have a few friends who decided to give their dogs away shortly after they brought home their first child.  These stories motivated me to start researching and asking a trainer and a veterinarian what Chris and I can do to help make the transition easy for Dixie, baby and us.  

Dr. Linda Kuhn, the veterinarian who many may recognize from her monthly appearances on WITN News at Sunrise with the Pet of the Week, had a lot of suggestions for us.  She suggested we allow Dixie to get familiar with the nursery and the new furniture, along with the stroller, the baby's car seat and anything else bulky. 

She also recommended that we have someone bring home a receiving blanket the baby was wrapped in at the hospital for Dixie to smell before the baby comes home. 

Dixie's a pretty smart dog and has done well around babies of our friends.  We are hoping for the best and doing everything we can to facilitate success.

How did things go when you brought a baby home to a dog or another family pet?  Any advice on what has worked or what hasn't?

 

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  • by Beth on Mar 2, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Animals are great,but the baby is the priority. If I had an in house pet,I would be very careful with a pet around my child.
  • by Kelly Location: Williamston on Feb 22, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    We have a Dalmation & he was allowed to smell the baby when we brought him home. That was all we did. He adjusted well. He was our baby for almost 2 years before our son was born. He became very protective of him. He would get us if the baby started crying or made any little noise. I hope Dixie's adjustment goes just as well as ours did. Good luck.
  • by Jennifer Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    Isn't this such an exciting time!! Well it will be for Dixie also. The one thing that we did when we had our 2 was take a blanket that the baby was wrapped up in in the hospital to the house prior to the baby coming home and let the dog smell and lay with it. This helped our dog with the transition very well. Good luck to you all!!
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