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 on 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 with praise