Getting ready for a new baby is stressful, and your dog is aware of the changes that are happening to what was once a stable routine. These changes can cause your dog stress which can lead to unwanted displacement behaviors and more. On top of all that, babies are incredibly fragile, and it is important to prepare your pet with the skills to navigate all of the new sounds, smells, and exciting things that a baby will do.
Our Preparing for Baby Training Program is aimed at preparing you to read your pet’s body language accurately to prevent stressful interactions, to teach your dog new behaviors and skills to navigate the new routinely calmly and safely, and to prevent unwanted behaviors through management of the environment. This program consists of 6 Private Training Sessions which follow this general outline, we recommend that these be held in-home, however it is possible to work through the program at our facility:
**You will need a lifelike baby doll to practice exercises with between sessions.
Leave a Space Bubble Around the Baby.
Learning to Station and Watch from a Distance During Such Activities as; Carrying the Baby, Changing the Baby, Baby in Crib, Feeding the Baby, Rocking the Baby, etc., Go To Mat Behavior.
Don’t Touch the Baby’s Things.
Leave It , Drop, and Other Impulse Control Exercises. Baby toys can look a lot like dog toys, and what fun they can be! However keeping them germ free is a big concern, so we want to prevent the dog slobber before it becomes an issue.
Desensitizing and Counter Conditioning Baby Sounds to Avoid Triggering Arousal.
Incorporating these sounds into activities that might occur (e.g. Baby Crying in Crib, Baby Crying While Held, Baby Laughing With Toys, etc.). We want to help your pup learn that this is the new normal and there is no reason to get concerned, or get involved.
Baby Food, Diapers, and other Edible Non-Edibles.
Babies are messy, as your baby grows and develops all these wonderful smells are bound to end up within reach of your pet. Starting to build impulse control around temptation before the baby arrives will help prevent accidents.
Strollers, Car Seats and Carriers, Oh My.
These contraptions can be stressful to manage by themselves, and may look intimidating to your pet. Practicing leash walking next to the stroller, or leaving the baby alone in the carrier will prevent unwanted or dangerous behaviors like pulling or jumping.
Management & Prevention
Learning to read dog body language, as well as predict what scenarios could create risk can help keep your household running smoothly. This session focuses on thinking critically about dog behavior, and preventing issues before they arise.