To a dog, a baby is entirely different than an adult and some dogs just don’t know how to act around them.
Most normal gently introduced dogs can and do sense that babies are harmless; They may be jealous, so introduce them gently, preferably on neither the dog nor the baby’s home territory.
For a dog-owning couple who is expecting, the pregnancy provides time to prepare the dog for meeting the baby; Basic obedience training is the ideal starting point. Once baby is born, take home a blanket from the hospital and give it to the dog; This gives the dog a good opportunity to familiarize himself with baby’s scent before you bring your baby home.
The first introduction must be carefully managed. Allow the dog to see, but not touch the baby; If the dog gets too excited, calmly walk him out of the room; Reward the dog for calm behaviour and remove it from the room.
By telling the dog to sit each time baby is brought into the room, he’ll understand that he is no longer the centre of attention; Each time the dog complies with this routine, give him a food reward; Allow your dog to approach as you’re holding baby, but make it clear by using vocal commands that he mustn’t attempt to climb or jump while baby is in the room.
When baby is put down for a sleep, lavish attention on your dog and give him an interrupted play session; This way, he’ll know that the presence of the baby doesn’t mean he is less valued as a member of the family.
Never leave the dog and a baby unattended; Dogs are naturally curious about the new smells and sounds that a baby brings but they don’t know how delicate babies are; Even when you’re present, you should never allow the dog unrestricted physical access to the baby.