Trainer Tip Tuesday:Prepare Your Dog for Your Baby

Is your family expecting? Are you a little tense about introducing your new baby to your dog? If youre hoping for a smooth transition, then youll want to start preparing your dog months before the baby ever arrives. Your dog will inevitably go through lots of changes when the baby is born, so its best to ease him into the new routine gradually. Have your dog practice impulse control behaviors like down-stays around all the baby stuff (cribs, carriers, swings and other contraptions). You can also proof the down-stay by holding a doll and playing tracks of baby sounds, like you see in this video. Remember, its much easier to set your dog up to succeed proactively than it is to try to undo a bad experience after the baby has arrived.

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