Some people treat their pets like their own children, myself included, but once their actual child arrives, I’ve seen many pets who are given away for whatever reason. We never once thought of giving away our fur ball despite our family’s belief that it was not safe to put them under the same roof, as Chow Chows are not considered kid-friendly dogs (incorrect btw). Our fur ball is super sweet to the girls. He acts like a big brother by sleeping at the door of the baby room. When BabyM was first born, he would come to us and alert us whenever she started crying. Nonetheless, we did try to prep him prior to the arrival of our girls:
When I was pregnant, we bought a baby doll. My hubby and I would try to hold the doll as if it was an actual child. The point of this was to let him get accustomed to having a new member in our family.
Before we brought our baby home, my hubby brought home one of her used onesies for him to sniff and get used to her scent.
I had my hubby hold the baby so I could go in to say hello to our fur ball first. After he calmed down, my husband came in with the baby. We then sat down with the baby and let him sniff her gently to get acquainted.
These above tricks may or may not get your dog accustomed to your baby, but there’s no harm giving them a try!
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