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Posted on: January 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm
Last updated: February 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Rover.

Halo the Golden Retriever is just barely out of puppyhood herself, but she’s already ready to be the world’s most perfect babysitter. This Queenstown, New Zealand-based dog is just about as sweet as can be.

I just met you and I love you

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Halo knows a thing or two about snuggling

Baby Halo

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Just. so. cute.

How to Introduce Your Pet to Your New Baby

First impressions are important. This is true in the human world, and also in the animal world, and setting up your dog and your baby with a good introduction will ensure that their relationship will be full of love and cuddles to last a lifetime. We’ve all heard of dogs getting jealous when a new baby arrives in the family, and it’s best to avoid this by creating a safe and positive introduction for your dog and baby.

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Here’s how you can do that:

Move Slowly

Introducing a dog to a baby can be stressful for the dog, especially for one who has never met a baby before. Babies smell different, look different, and move different than adult humans, so we need to ensure that our dog accepts the baby into the human family. You can do this by moving slowly and allowing your dog to be the one to move towards the baby, not the other way around. We don’t want to spook the dog, so be patient.

Offer Lots of Rewards

Everything is better when there are rewards involved. If you offer your dog rewards during the meeting, such as food treats or praise, he’ll understand that he’s doing the right thing and will be more likely to repeat that good behavior in the future when around the baby.

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Never Leave Them Alone Together

You should never leave a dog alone with a baby, or even a toddler. This is just a safety precaution, as you have no way of controlling a situation if you’re not there. This is not only for the sake of the child but also for the dog. Small children have been known to pull on dog’s hair which can push a dog to its limits and provoke a bite. It’s best to prevent this from ever happening by keeping a close eye on your dog and baby when they’re together.

Continue to Give Your Dog Enough Attention

Having a new baby can be tough, and very time-consuming. It’s absolutely important that you’re giving your dog enough one-on-one time once the new baby comes so that he doesn’t feel neglected. Dog’s tend to act out when they feel threatened, and we don’t want your dog to misbehave or potentially hurt the baby if he’s feeling a little bit lonesome.

For more on how to safely introduce your dog to other animals, visit In Ruff Company’s blog post here.

 

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Founded in 2011 and based in Seattle, WA, Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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