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How to introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog

Welcome to episode seven of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This short episode is all about how to successfully introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog.

Bringing home a new baby is exciting and a huge adjustment for new parents.  Think carefully before taking on a puppy or adult dog at the same time.  Renowned animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti, Pet Problems Solved says it can be done but it won’t be easy!

Dr Jo knows all about babies, dogs and cats.  She has introduced four cats, a dog, and chickens to her own family, not to mention a husband and three sons.

In this podcast, Dr Jo simply explains how you can make a ‘paw perfect’ introduction between your baby and a new puppy or adult dog. Listen now to the podcast or download the transcription for some great tips to ensure a smooth as possible introduction.

How to introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog podcast key points

  • You already have a baby which is hard work, taking on a puppy or adult dog will be challenging!
  • Be prepared! Set up your house before the new bundle of canine joy arrives with – ‘puppy gates’, playpen for the puppy and a crate for the pup to sleep in
  • Choose the dog breed carefully, consider your lifestyle, exercise requirements and shedding. It’s not about what the dog looks like or what breed is in fashion.
  • Take your time to find a responsible breeder
  • Puppies need a lot of training not to mention toilet training
  • Adult dogs can be easier because you know what you are taking on
  • Adopt a puppy or adult dog from a rehoming organisation who can give you some background of the animal.  Ask for a dog that has been living with a foster family with babies/young children
  • Supervise the interaction between your baby and the new pup or adult to see how the dog reacts
  • Supervise children and dogs together right up until at least the age of seven, if not 10 years old
  • Crate train your pup or adult dog and ensure the crate is a positive, happy place for your dog where they can escape the other household members
  • Reward your pup (and children) for good, calm behaviour

How to introduce your cat to a new baby

Welcome to episode six of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This short episode is all about how to successfully introduce your cat to a new baby. Continue Reading →

How to introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog

How to introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog podcast

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Episode Five: how to introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog

Welcome to episode five of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This short episode is all about how to successfully introduce your baby to a puppy or adult dog.

Bringing home a new baby is a very exciting time in your life. It’s a huge adjustment for all members of the family including your pets.  The last thing you need is a stressed dog because he feels threatened or his needs are not being met when the baby suddenly arrives.

Renowned animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti, Better With Pets blog, knows a thing or two about smooth introductions between pets, babies and children.  In the podcast, Dr Jo simply explains how you can make a ‘paw perfect’ introduction with your dog when you bring home your new bundle of joy.  Don’t leave it to chance! Listen now to the podcast or download the transcription. Continue Reading →

How to introduce a dog or puppy to your cat

How to introduce a dog or puppy to your cat podcast

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Episode Four: how to introduce a dog or puppy to your cat

Welcome to episode four of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This short episode is all about how to successfully introduce a dog or puppy to your cat.

Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be very exciting but the fun and excitement can quickly turn to panic if your cat is scared and runs away.

Renowned animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti, Better With Pets blog, knows a thing or two about smooth introductions between new and existing pets. Dr Jo has introduced cats to cats, chickens to cats and cats to dogs in her home in Sydney, NSW. Continue Reading →

How to introduce a second cat to your cat

How to introduce a second cat to your cat

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Episode Three: how to introduce a second cat to your cat

Welcome to episode three of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This short episode is all about how to successfully introduce a second cat to your cat.

Bringing home a new cat or kitten can be very exciting but the fun and excitement can quickly turn to a display of bullying behaviour between the newcomer and your cat.

Renowned animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti, Better With Pets blog, knows a thing or two about smooth introductions between new and existing pets. Dr Jo has introduced cats to cats, chickens to cats and cats to dogs in her home in Sydney, NSW. Continue Reading →

How to introduce a cat or kitten to your dog

How to introduce a cat or kitten to your dog

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Episode two: how to introduce a cat or kitten to your dog

Welcome to episode two of our Paw Perfect Introduction podcast series. This eight-minute episode is all about how to successfully introduce a new cat or kitten to your dog.

Bringing home a cat or kitten can be very exciting but the fun and excitement can quickly turn to frustration and stress if your dog is barking aggressively or behaving boisterously towards the feline interloper.

Animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti simply explains step by step how you can make a ‘paw perfect’ introduction between a new cat or kitten to your dog. Listen to the podcast or download the transcription. Continue Reading →

How to introduce a second dog or puppy to your existing dog

How to introduce a second dog or puppy to your existing dog podcast

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Episode one: How to introduce a second dog or puppy to our existing dog  

Welcome to episode one of our Paw Perfect Introductions podcast series. This seven-minute episode is all about how to introduce a second dog or puppy to your existing dog.

Bringing home a second adult dog or puppy is very exciting but the fun and excitement can wear off quickly if your first dog is feeling anxious or threatened by the newcomer.  If we want to successfully introduce a second dog or puppy we need to think ahead and not rush the process.

Animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti simply explains step by step how you can make a ‘paw perfect’ introduction between a second dog or puppy to your existing dog. Continue Reading →

Dr Anne Fawcett talks about animal emergencies

Podcast: Dr Anne Fawcett talks about animal emergencies 

Dr Anne Fawcett talks about animal emergencies

Dr Anne Fawcett talks about animal emergencies podcast. Anne and her dog, Phil. Photo: supplied

In this episode, small animal veterinarian Dr Anne Fawcett talks about animal emergencies you need to know.  Some of these cat and dog emergencies are alarming, not to mention extremely painful for the animal concerned.

Dr Fawcett covers a range of different animal emergencies caused by insect bites, ‘blocked cats’, toxic plants, eating indigestible items, near drownings, heat stress, tick paralysis and more.  She explains what pet parents can do to prevent their cat or dog from having a serious injury.

Mentioned in this episode is a free App – First Aid for Pets co-developed by Dr Fawcett.  You can identify what’s toxic to animals and the steps to take if you notice your pet is unwell in this handy App. Continue Reading →

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