How We Handled the Dog and New Baby is a post brought to you by Bayer K9 Advantix because before I had kids, I had my pups! All opinions are my own.
How We Handled the Dog and New Baby
Long before C was ever born and even years before W was a thought, I had my other babies. Murray and Toby were my babies before my children were born. They got all of our attention and loved it. So when it came time to have kids, it was extremely important to me that we didn’t push the dogs away when we had a new baby.
Before W was born, I spent a lot of time reading about ways to make sure the dogs didn’t feel like their lives were changing in a negative way. It was as important to me as deciding what we needed to put on the baby registry. It was really all about preparing for the dogs meeting the new baby and the days that followed.
Prepare for the first meeting.
When we brought W home (just a few hours after birth) my attention was completely on him. But luckily I had thought of Toby and Murray before and we had made a plan. Both J and I knew how we planned to handle them before the baby came so we weren’t caught off guard.
We planned to make sure that both dogs were still part of the family. We didn’t shut them away from the baby. I gave them both a blanket that we had wrapped around W in those first days so they could become familiar with his smell.
Give the dogs a break.
We also made sure to take time to play with the dogs and take them out on walks. It was important for us that neither Toby nor Murray felt pushed aside in those first few weeks. They weren’t used to the sounds of a crying newborn and so it was important to give them time away from the house. Plus it was a great way to help the dogs get some energy out.
Take time to bond.
J is great about making sure he spends some time with the dogs. He loves to play tug of war with Toby. And I’m the queen of making special treats for them. I love to hide little treats around the yard so Toby has something to look for when we’re all spending time outside. He’s getting pretty good at going on the hunt and it gives him something to do that’s a bit more special than our usual daily routine.
Help grow the relationship.
As W has gotten older, I continue to work to help him develop a bond with the dogs. If he had his way he would chase Toby around the house all day long. Sometimes Toby is okay with this game but he usually tires of it before W. I am always sure to keep my eye on them when they’re playing together. But I love seeing them develop a relationship. A boy and his dog is really a beautiful thing.
Although we recently said goodbye to Murray, Toby is still an integral part of our lives. He is just as important to me as the day I brought him home. I look forward to making lots of memories with him and the kids over the years.
Just a little dog love.
Two years ago we dealt with fleas and it broke my heart to see my little furball suffering so much. It broke my heart as we battled to take back our house from the fleas and help Toby find some relief. I was willing to do anything for him and it was challenging because our entire area had flea problems that year.
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How do you handle your dog and your kids?
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