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New Dog and Your Toddler

Kid with puppy

As any close relative will tell you, raising a youngster isn’t meant to be simple, and it’s something that takes a lot of effort, tolerance, and love to get right. The same can be said for bringing a dog into your household, so when you’re trying to do both at the same time, it can turn into quite the challenge. Introducing a new dog to your toddler requires a bit of dedication to make sure things run smoothly, but if you’re willing to put in the work, your toddler and your new dog will make fast friends.

The choice to bring a dog into your home should never be made without due consideration, but this goes double when there’s a inquisitive toddler jumping around the house. So when choosing a new furry friend, make sure you take into account all of the troubles that you will surly face. The two most important things to consider are the size and personality of your new pup. Generally speaking, the larger the dog is, the harder it will be to manage him around your child. Big dogs can often bang your toddler around without even realizing it, so it may be best to pick a small- or medium-sized dog for your toddler to play with. On a related note, you also should choose a dog that doesn’t get too excited or destructive. Preferably, you want a calmer, less nippy dog that your toddler will be able to live with peacefully.

Assuming you’ve picked out your new dog, there are a few of preparatory things you need to take before introducing him to your toddler. First off, you need to make sure your house is puppy-proofed before you bring your new canine home. This means clearing your house of any sharp edges or dangerous products and chemicals hanging around. After you’ve brought your new pup into your puppy-proofed home, let him get used to his surroundings for a few days before introducing him to your child. Your dog will automatically be excited and nervous about his new home, so let him burn off a bit of steam before introducing a curious toddler into the situation. As always, make sure that you purchase a new pet id tag for your new puppy!

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Bringing a new baby home with pets

Dog and Baby on blanketOne of the major stresses in life, is bringing home a new baby with pets at home. If you are a pet lover your pets have been your baby until now. This will be a big change for them, just as it is for you. I myself am expecting and have done a ton of research on how to best handle the situation. No matter how you intend to handle it, please don’t forget your pets and remember that they have feelings too.

If your preparing to bring home a baby you’ve already been spending all your waking moments planning and preparing. The best thing you can do to make this transition easier for your pets, is making sure they are feeling lots of love and attention during all these changes. Even though it may seem best to you, keeping them out of the nursery or pushing them away all the time will only make your pets resent your new addition. If you happen to leave your pets with family members while you are in the hospital make sure that you have their information on the pet id tags.

Something else you can do to make this easier is cuddling with your pet or pets as much as possible with your growing belly. You make think you smell the same but they may already be able to begin picking up baby’s sent from you. Something else you can do is make sure you pack your own baby blanket for the hospital. Normally after delivery the hospital will wrap your new bundle in a blanket and put a cap on his or her little head. Your spouse can take this blanket or cap home and let the animals smell it on their own without feeling anxious. By the time you come home with baby, they are used to the smell, or at least expect it.
No matter how you handle your situation do not stress. Remember that babies and pets have been living together peacefully for a long time. So do not stress. Give you pets some love and attention. Enjoy being pregnant and look forward to baby and pets being the best of friends.