Having a baby may not mean saying goodbye to your beloved pooch. Find out how to help your two ‘babies’ become best of friends.Shelter workers report that many people who surrender their pets to animal shelters cite a new baby as the reason why they give up their pet. Yet many other families have successfully brought a new baby into their home and still been able to keep and enjoy their animal friends. What is the secret of their success? Experts suggest that preparing for the baby’s arrival well in advance and taking a few simple precautions can avoid friction and jealousy between your human baby and your furry one. Remember, your four-footed children are accustomed to your undivided attention and pampering.
1. Some jealousy will naturally surface when your new infant suddenly consumes all of your time. Plan to set aside a few minutes each day for quality time with your pet. Some extra attention and a few treats can go a long way toward avoiding behavioural problems and jealousy.
2. Dogs and cats are largely creatures of habit. Though your own routine will be completely disrupted by the new baby, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. If you anticipate changes in that routine, such as restricting their access to the baby’s room or feeding in a new location, begin implementing the changes as soon as possible before the infant comes home.
Originally posted on May 26, 2006 @ 4:38 am