Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Tips For Keeping Babies Safe Around Dogs

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Rachel
May 27 ·
tips for keeping babies safe around dogs

Depending on the dog breed, some doggos might get along with your baby right away. But, on the other hand, some breeds aren’t good around kids. So, if you bring your baby home, your dog is bound to be confused. So, let’s go over some tips for keeping babies safe around dogs.

Tips For Keeping Babies Safe Around Dogs

Dogs and kids need to learn how to behave around each other. However, the dog will need to know first. If you bring home a baby, you won’t be able to teach the baby how to be around the dog until they’re older. So, it’s up to the dog to learn how to act around the baby first.

Introduce Them Properly

One of the best tips for keeping babies safe around dogs is to ensure that they’re introduced properly. Unfortunately, if your baby is a newborn or only a few months old, you won’t be able to teach them how to be around the dog. So, you’ll need to teach the dog how to be around the baby first.

For example, if your baby isn’t born yet, there are ways you can begin to prepare your dog for the newborn. When you’re in the hospital with the baby, you can have someone bring home a baby blanket home. Allow your doggo to sniff it and get used to its scent. Then, they’ll know that someone else is coming.

When you get home, sit down on the couch with the baby and allow your dog to sniff their new sibling so they can get acquainted.

Whenever your dog is calm around the baby, reward them with praise, pets, and treats.

Also, dogs can sense that feeding time is intimate. So, when feeding the baby, make sure you praise the dog for being calm and giving you space so they know feeding is a positive time.

Finally, utilize baby gates. Sometimes, you’ll need to give your baby some space from the dog. So, make sure the dog has its area where it can roam free without disturbing tummy time.

Make Sure Your Dog Has Their Own Space

Dogs can try to play rough with babies, not realizing the baby can’t do anything. On the other hand, depending on your dog’s temperament and personality, they might be super careful and gentle around the baby.

Regardless, you should allow your dog to have their own space away from the baby. This will especially be helpful when the baby begins crawling. If your dog needs some of their own space from the child, they can retreat to that house area. 

Teach Your Children Early

It’s challenging to teach babies how to act around dogs. They won’t be gentle around the dog because they won’t know how to. This could send mixed signals to your dog.

So, as your baby grows and begins to crawl (and possibly chase after the dog), make sure you model correct behavior around the dog. For example, teach your baby how to pet the dog gently. Also, try to teach your baby to give the dog space at certain times.

Once again, some dogs might be okay with this behavior. For example, some pups can recognize the baby and be gentle and protective of the child—however, some breeds and personality traits where some dogs won’t tolerate a baby’s behavior.

Ensure Your Dog Gets Plenty Of Exercise

In addition, you’ll want to make sure that your doggo gets plenty of physical activity during the day. This exercise might include longer walks or playtime in the backyard. You can also bring them to the dog park or doggy daycare once or twice a week.

If your dog gets in their exercise every day, they’ll have less energy at the end of the day. So, you won’t need to worry about your doggo getting the zoomies before bedtime when you’re trying to unwind at the end of the night or putting the baby to bed. 

Also, your dog won’t try to play rough with the baby if they don’t have too much energy left.

Also, even though it’s great to give your doggo extra exercise to let out their energy, it’s a great way to bond with your pup. Having the baby around will take up your time and attention. So, being able to go out on a walk with your furry friend will give you guys some one-on-one bonding time. Your pup will surely love it.

Always Supervise The Baby And Dog Together

It doesn’t matter how gentle the dog is with the baby or how well behaved the baby is around the dog. You’ll always need to supervise them together because anything can happen.

For example, if you put the baby down on the floor for tummy time, make sure you’re with the baby if the dog is there. You can see how the dog is around the baby and use it as a teaching moment.

Give It Time

Your dog might not get used to the baby right away. They might even be jealous of the baby at first. However, if you introduce the two of them properly and teach them to respect one another, your baby and dog will get along just fine. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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