Sure, your dog will always be your baby. But when you have a human baby on the way, chances are you'll need to make some adjustments to your dog's daily routine. Knowing how to prepare dogs for a new baby can help your family make its addition smoothly.
Now is the time to make changes to your dog's behaviors, environment, and daily routines. For instance, a pup who is accustomed to being the center of your universe would be very distraught if a baby suddenly took away almost all of his attention. It's kinder on the dog (and you) to help him adjust to the many changes a baby brings more slowly.
Additionally, this is a great opportunity to address any potential behavior issues. Of course, dogs who may get aggressive with a baby need training lessons right away. But even a well-mannered dog may need a little extra training if he, say, barks his head off every time the doorbell rings. Although this behavior is only annoying now, you don't want to live with a dog who will wake the baby every time a visitor approaches your home. Fortunately, with a little forethought and guidance, your dog can be ready for your baby in no time.