September is national Baby Safety Month! If you have a dog and are expecting a baby, be sure to prepare your dog ahead of time. This can include dog insurance for financial peace of mind, and planning for the change in household dynamic.
Dogs can be confused and stressed when new parents suddenly shift their attention from them to the baby, and this often shows in unacceptable behaviors such as: jumping up; stealing things that belong to the baby; going into the baby’s room; barking when the baby cries; becoming pushy when the mother is feeding the baby; or jumping on the stroller or pulling out in front of it.
In addition to checking with your family’s pediatrician, try the following to help prepare your dog for your new family member’s arrival: