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Ask a family member or a friend to go to the house before you get home to exercise your dog. Ask them to leash your dog when you arrive so that you may use the leash to control his enthusiasm. Leave your baby in the car seat and wait until your dog calms down completely before introducing them to one another.
If you're the average dog owner, your dog is much less a pet and far more a member of your family. You delight in his silly little expressions, love taking her to the park every weekend, and snuggle with him for naps. If you're one of the more neurotic dog owners, you take her for manicures, dress him in sweaters and pants, drop her off for days at the doggie day spa, and spend more on his bed than on your own. Sure, she pulled all of the toilet paper off the roll last week just to see what happened, he demolishes your furniture once in a while, and sometimes you just don't know why she does of the things she does, but he or she is still your baby. Bad moods pass and moments of mischievous behavior are quickly eclipsed by those big, wide, brown eyes staring up at you adoringly.
There are a few secrets to helping your dog adjust to sharing your love with a baby. Start carrying a baby doll around with you and do all the daily essentials that the new baby will require. If you can find a tape recording of a baby's cry, get it, or ask a friend to make one for you. Work hard on your containment skills, STAY and WAIT, and teach your dog to stay off the furniture now. If you're anticipating increased isolation for your dog, get him accustomed to that ahead of time as well. If you wait, he may see the baby as limiting his freedom.
At first, your baby Lab probably won't want to sleep in his crate, but you'll need to insist. If he cries after you tuck him in, try to ignore him. This will be difficult, but going back to him will only extend the time it takes to teach him to sleep by himself. If you hear a noise that could mean he's in danger, such as his crate falling over, it's okay to check on him. Otherwise try to stay away. It sounds heartless, but if you respond by going to him, he'll learn to cry for your attention and will do it even louder when you leave again.
So now you know all about the little creepy crawlies that can bother your baby, but what about the ones you can't really see These can cause even more damage than the pests that are obvious to the eye. Just as in humans, viruses and germs like streptococci and hepatitis can cause severe pain, discomfort, and sometimes even death in your dog. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help prevent the invasion of these nasty bugs. The first step, as always, is education.
Dogs skeletons serve the same purpose as most animals' - it provides the basic framework for the body, allows it to run, jump, and play, and acts as a shield for the vital organs. Different bones are connected by ligament and moved by joints, which are then cushioned by cartilage, a natural shock absorber for the body. Any illness or problem in your pup can be concerning, but bone deficiencies, deformities, and breaks can be difficult to repair and sometimes painful for your baby.
When you race off to the hospital, your thoughts will be far from home. Your dog, however, will miss you tremendously and be confused by the sudden change in energy and schedules. Have someone bring a hospital rag home with your and your baby's scent on it to help him recognize the new addition when you come home for the first time.
Whether already here or on the way, babies figure larger than life in the eyes of a dog. If the dog is there first, let her in on all your baby preparations in the house. When baby arrives, let your APBT sniff any item of clothing that has been on the baby before Junior comes home. Then let Mom greet the dog first before introducing the new family member. Hold the baby low for the dog to see and sniff, but make sure someone's holding the dog on a leash in case of any sudden moves. Don't play keep-away or tease the dog with the baby, which only invites undesirable jumping up.
Nothing creates a more joyous transformation within the home than the arrival of a new baby. New parents often worry about the effect the newborn family member will have on their pets. The fact is there is no reason why it should have any real impact at all, other than a happy one. A dog that has been relieved of the pressure of leadership will take its lead from you. It will, naturally, have its curiosity aroused by the demanding and occasionally deafening new arrival. You must deal with this in the way you now deal with all unexpected noises by thanking the dog for its interest and taking charge of the situation yourself. As ever, the key is not to make a huge commotion.
In order to make homemade dog food easier and more accessible to the everyday busy dog mom or dad, we've assembled a bonus volume of some of the simplest, straightforward recipes for plain ol' kibble, moist food, and treats. Each of these recipes satisfies the 30 30 30 nutritional proportions your dog's body needs to be its best, and each is simple enough to make that you can easily set aside an hour each week to put it together and be prepared for the next seven days. These aren't exotic, gourmet foods that'll have your baby's tummy trying to keep up. They try to mimic the types of food your dog would eat if still in the wild while adding the modern benefits of plaque prevention and dental care.
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