Expecting Mother’s K9 Preparation Dog Training Charlotte, NC
When big life changes come, like welcoming a new baby to the family, Sally Said So gets that everyone must adjust – and we mean everyone, including your dog.
If you are expecting a precious bundle of joy you’re probably not thinking about your dog, but we’re here to tell you from our clients’ experiences that it is very important to consider. When you welcome a new baby into the home, it affects every aspect of the house. From your daily routines, to how you spend your leisure time, to how much time you spend with your dog, and more. That’s why we have created the Expecting Mothers K9 Preparation Dog Training Program!
Sally Said So’s Expecting Mothers K9 Preparation Dog Training Program
Your dog most likely receives or has received the most attention before the baby arrives. He probably had a set feeding routine and probably knew his schedule somewhat…not anymore! A baby coming can affect your dog enormously. Dogs can develop anxiety, aggression, fearfulness, destructive behaviors, and other unwanted behaviors. Sally Said So can help the family and dog adapt to the massive change. So, if you’re looking for “dog training near me” in Charlotte, look no further than us! Here at Sally Said So Professional Dog Training, we make it our responsibility to teach you and your dog how to handle this big transition… before it becomes a problem.
Dog Training Tips Before the Baby Comes!
Before the baby arrives, it’s important to plan ahead. The dog should have basic dog obedience training, which is part of this program. He needs to be able to understand:
- Down and stay
- No jumping
- A recall – when you call, he comes
Ensure that you make changes progressively. Prior to the baby arriving, gradually implement a new walking time, a new place to eat, or sleep. You want to do this before baby comes because you don’t want the dog to associate all the changes with the baby. Before the baby arrives, it is helpful to even push an empty stroller while walking the dog. Slowly decrease the attention you give the dog before the baby arrives. In order for your dog to become accustomed to the sounds that the baby will be making you can play voices of a baby crying. Take it a step further, and introduce baby smells – lotion, powder, baby blanket, etc.
Talk to our expert dog trainers. To get started we do a 1-on-1 dog training consultation where we meet with you and your dog to find the best solution. The methods used are ones we determine at the consultation.
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Be aware that as soon as the baby finally comes home for the first time, the dog could exhibit jealous behaviors and other bad habits, even towards the baby. Confusion may be at the root of the dog’s behavior – as all they see is this new tiny human, who smells like dirty diapers, and who screams and cries at all hours. Make sure he knows the command to “go to place” and make sure to enforce the good behavior with a reward system. Keep in mind that our dog obedience training course is great for teaching these commands, so if it’s not too late, your dog could do both courses before baby comes.
First greet your dog alone when the baby makes its first appearance in the home, to prevent him from jumping on the baby. Then let him slowly adjust to the smell, sound, and sight of the baby before he gets close to it. Next, we suggest the dog be controlled with a leash around the baby until he is comfortable with the adjustment. Then he can be let off the leash, but don’t get too comfortable – you should never leave a dog and baby alone. Another tip: make sure to give the dog attention too, despite the baby’s arrival.
Book an “Expecting Mother’s K-9 Preparation” dog training session to learn how we can make sure your dog is always a happy and obedient, despite life’s big changes! This course is similar to our dog obedience training course except that it specifically focuses on training your dog for the baby’s arrival and beyond.
CALL TODAY at (704) 289-1135 or fill out our contact form to set up your “Expecting Mother’s K-9 Preparation” dog training in Charlotte, NC.