It is important to any family that the relationship between your children and your pets is one of mutual respect and that the pair are able to be left alone together without the risk of something happening. Although you should be able to trust your dogs I would highly urge you to never leave your new children around your dogs unsupervised, especially during the early stages as you can never be certain what your dog is feeling and sometimes their animal instincts can take over.
With proper training, you should be able to have peace of mind that your dog would never hurt a member of your family, as long as you put the effort in to train your dog to know that your new children are not a threat to them everything should go pretty smoothly. I would recommend a few different methods in order to build a strong bond and relationship between your dogs and your new children that can hopefully go on as your children and your pets get older.
Creating a Comfortable Environment
When it comes to the initial meeting of your children and your dogs you should do everything in your power to make the meeting place a setting that makes both parties comfortable, for the dog you can make them feel at ease by conducting the meeting in familiar territory. Using rewards such as toys and treats and of course plenty of affection you should stay close to your dog when you present them to your child. Give your dogs a moment to investigate your new child and do plenty of sniffing, it is usually the case that your dogs will react pretty calmly but you should be very gentle with the situation in case your dogs react badly.
Creating a comfortable environment is one of the best ways that you can show your dog that everything is okay and that your new child should be considered a member of the family. If you need help or advice in regards to creating a relaxing setting in your home for both your dogs and children then I would urge you to research online or speak to a professional for ideas that could really help make the situation easier.
As previously mentioned observation is key to making sure that everything runs smoothly in regards to your dog and your child’s first interaction. Although it would be ideal to presume that your dog is going to be fine you should remember that this is a new experience for your pet and no matter how calm they may seem there is still a risk that they will not be okay with your new family member straight away. Change can make your animal’s behavior also change so it is an important part of their training to be present during the initial interactions. If you are training a younger dog or puppy then it would be very useful to use a beginners guide to looking after your new puppy to make sure you are doing everything you can to build a good relationship between your child and dog.
How to Keep Your Puppy Calm
Keeping a puppy calm is easier said than done sometimes, as they are younger and more excitable it is important that you are serious about their training. Using rewards when your puppy interacts in a calm way you can help to encourage them to be calm if they are going to be rewarded with treats and affection. With younger animals, they find it harder to understand what is going on so you need to be doing everything you can to let them know how they should behave around, small children.
One of the best ways to introduce your new children to your dogs is to make sure they have regular interactions and the opportunity to build a relationship together that is positive. Over time you will see that your dog is actually very wary of your children in a way that they would protect them if anything were to happen. A strong relationship like this is a great step in the direction of your dogs and children growing up very happy together.
Finding out that you are going to be a new parent is both exciting and daunting, the idea that you will be responsible for the life of a child can be very stressful for some people but you should know that most prospective parents feel this way too. There are a lot of things to consider in the run-up to your child’s birth so it is vital that you are proficient in making sure the necessary preparations are made in time.
In order to be truly prepared for your child’s arrival, you should research everything that you will need or even ask any of your family and friends who have been through this before for advice. You should make a list of the things that you need to buy and if you are having a baby shower you could put together a list for your guest to buy you gifts that you actually need to save yourself some money as well as providing your family with gift ideas that you will actually make use of.
Plans For The Future
It may seem a little morbid to be thinking about these things but when you have a child it is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that they are set up with everything they need in their lives. This includes making preparations for your death and looking into processes such as setting up a will detailing what should be done with your money and possessions in the event of your death. As a parent you have to think about these things as dying without a will can cause unnecessary stress to your loved ones when it comes to deciding who gets what.
If you are struggling with getting ready for the birth of your child then I would urge you to make use of the various online forums that are available to help new parents. Forums created by experienced parents have been circulating the internet for many years now but it seems that this useful resource is often overlooked within the parenting world when the information is actually very detailed and trustworthy as much of it comes from people who have gone through being a parent. Using forums also opens up communication between fellow parents which is a very useful tool to have accessible even after your child has been born.
Making Sure You Have Everything You Need
With being a new parent comes a long list of essential equipment that you will need to buy before your child is born, there are many books and online resources available telling you everything you need so it would be a mistake to not make use of this. If you are worried about the costs then why not look into what second-hand baby gear is available in your area and as previously mentioned it is common for new parents to compile a gift list for baby showers or christenings so that your guests are able to buy you something that you actually need whilst saving you some money.