If you have a dog and are expecting a new baby, it's natural to worry about your two little ones getting along. Will your dog hate you for bringing a crying ball of human into your house? Or worse, will they hate their new sibling? Fortunately, as any parent to both a canine and a human baby can tell you, your pet and your babe can eventually grow to be the best of friends. In fact, there are ways your dog is trying to tell you they love your baby, so if you're on the lookout for the following signs you can rest easy.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), it's totally possible for dog owners to foster a loving relationship between their dog and brand new baby. Your work actually starts before your baby gets here, too. For example, it's beneficial to start practicing a new routine and giving your pooch lots of treats and positive reinforcement prior to the "big day". Once you bring baby home, it's important to give your dog and baby time to get used to each other and to learn to love spending time with each other.
Family Paws Parent Education Center also encourages families to only let their dog and baby play together in safe ways to help them grow to love each other. Eventually, and after some work, they will feel like family. So while it might seem impossible now, your dog will show you that they actually love their new sibling in the following ways: