Expecting Mother’s K9 Preparation Dog Training Classes
When there are big life changes, Sally Said So gets that EVERYONE in the household, including your dog, needs to adapt
Do you have a baby on the way? Just remember that, having a precious little baby is a life changing event, not only for us, but also for your furry babies! Expecting Mothers K9 Preparation dog training classes in Asheville is usually something soon-to-be-parents think about, but it is very important to consider. Welcoming a new baby into the home affects every aspect of the house. Everything changes – including your daily routines, how you spend your leisure time, and of course how much time you spend with your dog.
Expecting Mothers k9 Preparation Program in Asheville
Before the arrival of the baby, it’s highly likely that your dog received most of the attention in the house. Undoubtedly, he had a set feeding routine and knew exactly what to expect…not anymore! These big changes can affect your dog enormously. The result can be anxiety, aggression, fearfulness, destructive behaviors, and other undesirable behaviors. When these changes occur, we can help the family and dog adapt. At Sally Said So Professional Dog Training in Asheville, it’s our job to teach you how to make the big transition seamless… before it becomes an issue.
Plan ahead, before the baby comes. It is important to ensure the dog has basic obedience training, which is part of this program. He needs to be able to understand:
- Down and stay
- No jumping
- A recall – when you call, he comes
Changes should be executed gradually. For instance, prior to the baby arriving, gradually implement a new walking time, a new place to eat, or sleep. You don’t want the dog to associate the changes with the baby. One thing you can do to prepare your dog for baby’s arrival is to push an empty stroller while walking the dog. Gradually, lessen the attention you give the dog before the baby arrives. You can even introduce the sounds of a baby crying so your dog becomes accustomed to the sounds. Take it a step further, and introduce baby smells – lotion, powder, baby blanket, etc.
Talk to our expert dog trainers. To get started we do a 1-on-1 dog training consultation where we meet with you and your dog to find the best solution. The methods used are ones we determine at the consultation.
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Upon the baby’s arrival, the dog could display jealous behaviors or bad habits. This behavior could even be directed towards the baby, so it’s best to nip it in the bud. The new baby could cause the dog some confusion as it’s abnormally small, smells like dirty diapers, and screams and cries at the drop of a hat. Ensure that your dog knows the command to “go to place” and be sure to enforce the good behavior with a reward system, like a treat.
Once the baby first arrives home after birth, first greet your dog alone which prevents him from jumping on the baby. Then before allowing him to get very close to the baby, slowly allow him to adjust to the smell, sound, and sight of the baby. Subsequently, it’s a good idea to have the dog controlled with a leash around the baby until he gets accustomed to his new life circumstances. After some time, he can be let off the leash, but no matter how confident you feel about your dog’s behavior, never leave a dog and baby alone. Despite the baby’s arrival, be sure to pay attention to the dog.
If you’re expecting a baby and are looking for “dog training near me” in Asheville, book an “Expecting Mother’s K-9 Preparation” dog training session to learn how we can make sure your dog is always a happy and obedient dog, as you go through life’s big changes!
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