Expecting A Baby? Don’t Forget About Your Dog

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Even though future parents have a million things on their minds before the baby comes, including their dog in birthing plans should be on top of their list of priorities. 

Sara Newman, a Manhattan-based human doula and dog trainer says dogs should be prepared for the baby’s arrival.

“It’s not unlike putting a plan in place if you have older children. You want to make sure there’s as little disruption to the dog’s routine as possible.”

Colleen Safford, New York’s well-known dog trainer advises future parents, whose dogs are prone to anxiety, to have the dog out of the house before labor begins.

“If you feel that your dog does not adjust well to change, you can line up boarding ahead of time. If you have a laid-back dog, then go ahead and have them around. It’s about knowing your dog.”

Apart from including them in birthing plans, dog owners should also brush up on their pet’s obedience commands and think about ways to introduce Fido and the baby.

Mitch Marrow, founder and co-CEO of the Spot Experience, a Manhattan-based dog daycare says that the actual introduction should be done in a relaxed, slow and controlled manner.

“You really have to introduce the baby in a calm, almost unaffected way. The dog is going to want to see what it is. It’s hard when you have a new baby to remember that the dog was there first.”

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