For a lot of millennials, your dogs were your first babies. Whether or not you dressed yours in clothing and carried it around in your purse a la Paris Hilton, you had — and continue to have — a deep bond with your pup. You've turned to your furry friends after a breakup or through bouts of depression, and they legitimately feel like family now, so of course you're eager for that bond to extend to your child now that you're a parent. Luckily, the signs your dog is attached to your baby couldn't be any cuter, and you're seriously going to be looking for them all the time.
Cristina Tudino of the canine website Ollie has two children and a beloved fur baby, and has found it to be a delicate relationship balance that she has mastered over the years; namely, by being intentional about encouraging bonding between the children and the dog. In an interview with Romper, Tudino says that based on both her personal and professional experience, there are some definite signs to look for when assessing your pup's feelings toward your newest bundle of joy. These five things, she attests, are how to gauge their attachment.