ALREADY HAVE A PET?
Bringing a new baby into an existing pet-human household
If you are adding a baby to your pet-filled house, it won’t just be you who faces a huge adjustment. Your pet used to be the centre of attention and is about to be “replaced”, so make the transition as smooth as you can. “Show your dog baby things such as prams, nappies, and if you can, other people’s babies, or recordings of baby noises,” suggests Celia. “Once baby is born, bring a cloth with baby’s scent home, if possible, before the actual baby. Once the baby comes home, allow Fido a good sniff and let the experience be as pleasant to the dog as possible.” Set aside “baby” spaces long before the birth of the “competition” by using baby gates, closing the door to the nursery or crate-training your dog, so that you have baby-safe spaces in your home when you need them. “When your dog is being managed in this way make sure he has something nice to chew on so that he associates the distance positively,” says Celia. “Include the dog in a positive and safe way. Remind your dog what you would like them to do instead of on paying attention when he does wrong.”