Ask the Trainer with Susie Danzis

Training Tails Dog Training, Doylestown

QuestionWe rescued Ollie from a shelter three years ago and he’s brought us great joy. I am pregnant with my first child and concerned about how Ollie will react to the baby, although he’s fine around children he meets and is generally very friendly. How do we prepare Ollie for the new arrival?

AnswerHaving a new baby at home myself, I’ve experienced the preparation necessary for a baby’s arrival. Between the baby gear, pregnancy, and the dog, it can be an overwhelming nine months! Ollie’s preparation should begin several months before you deliver. Under your supervision, invite Ollie to sniff the new toys, hear the sounds of the vibrating chair, and see the movement of the swing and all other baby equipment. If Ollie has a tendency to pick up inappropriate objects, practice the “leave it” command and reward every successful response. Purchase a “baby sounds” cd and increase the volume each day. Upon your arrival home, spend several quality minutes alone with Ollie, before the baby is brought inside and introduced to Ollie in his/her car seat. All interaction should be supervised as you establish ground rules. Remember, Ollie will take energy cues from you and will adjust most positively when you stay relaxed and continue his normal exercise, feeding, and sleeping schedule. Enjoy this special time!

Susie Danzis and ClancyAbout the Trainer:

In 1999, Susie Danzis graduated from National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio. She completed a certification program in professional dog training. She also earned a BA in Behavioral Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen® and S.T.A.R. Puppy Program Evaluator.

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