I get asked how to get family dogs prepared for the new baby and there are a few things you can do to help prepare your pooch! Don't wait till the last minute to start doing these things to prepare your pup. It takes time to learn a new language, teach your dog to develop an emotional response to strange sounds, teach a strong leave it, and condition it to not respond to movements that can trigger a prey response.
1.Learn dog body language. Dog decoder has an app you can download from Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/dogdecoder/
2. Prepare your dog for baby sounds. Sound proof puppy training app is amazing for sound acclimation with a how to, to walk you through and you can record your own sounds.
3. Prepare your dog for baby items. Acclimation to the stroller, car seat, crib and baby smells are very important. Make these things equal wonderful rewards.
4. Prep pup for baby movements. Make sure pup has a good voluntary leave it around prey. Babies can mimic prey sounds and incite prey responses. Having your dog learn to leave kids on a playground is a start.
5. Learn about thresholds. Understanding Thresholds It's more than just over or under by Susan Clothier is a good read on the how to grasp them.
6. Supervise, never allow your dog to be sat on, have ears pulled, tail pulled or to feel threatened by your baby. They are animals and the warning signs will be there.
7..Never punish the growl! It is an advanced warning system that your dog is uncomfortable!
8. Doggone safe is a great resource for parents as well.