Introducing dogs and babies
Friday, 8th July 2011
Dogs and babies
Introducing dogs and babies can be tough, a family dog to a newborn baby is always a worrying time for parents. Attacks on little ones by mans best friend seem to be reported in the media on a regular basis.
However, canine behaviour specialist Dr Jez Rose believes the incidents make the news because they are still relatively rare and it’s that which makes them worth reporting on.
If you’re the proud owner of a dog but have a new baby on the way, you may be worried about your pet’s reaction, especially if the dog finds it’s no longer number one.
Alternatively, your family could be thinking about getting a dog but you don’t know what to look for. Are some breeds better with children than others, which ones need the most exercise - the list goes on!
Well, fear not because Jez Rose, a leading canine behaviour specialist has the answer to all your questions.
In this podcast, Jez outlines how you should involve your dog when your newborn arrives. He also argues that all dogs can be trained and there’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad parents. One of the big mistakes is leaving children and dogs alone in a room together and he advises to listen to the dog’s warnings. If your dog is growling, move the child away.