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Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse
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Before the Baby (or Babies) Arrive:
Obedience training
Introduce to the nursery
Reward good behavior

After the Baby (or Babies) Arrive:
Bring home items from the hospital
Calm, controlled environment
Dogs leashed

Months following:
Special activities with pets only (walks, dog park, brushing, special treat)
Reassurance
Continue to enforce obedience

Best Breeds for Families:
No one breed is perfect
Each pet must match your particular lifestyle
Do your research

Take home message:
In the mind of your pet, your new baby (babies) is/are invading his/her home and territory. Creating a bond between them takes time, training and reassurance.