Dogs learn about the baby through observation over time with full awake adult supervision and direction. There are many ways to safely include family dogs during this transition.
New parents can control the safety in their home by planning ahead. Our program Dogs & Storks offers tips and information about ways to prepare before and after baby arrives. Planning for these "moments" sets you, your baby and family dog up for success.
**** Suggestion: If you are a new parent or expecting a baby in the near future. Please sit down and brainstorm all the "moments" you can think of that might cause you to leave the room. Then discuss with your spouse or partner how you will handle the dog/s and where the baby will be in those precious moments. You have full control over the safety of your newborn and with planning and preparation you will be successful.