Tips for Bringing Home a New Baby to Your Lab

First of all, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS! The fact that you are reading this article probably means that you have a little one coming soon. Having a baby is probably the most joyous experience a parent can have. The purpose of this article is to help make sure your dog can share in your joy by welcoming the new member of the family.

Before you bring the baby home:

Adjust your dog’s schedule to the schedule he will be following when the baby comes home. If he goes out at 7 am now, but will be going out at 5 am when the baby comes home his schedule should change before the arrival. All aspects of his eventual scheduling changes should be adjusted well in advance.

Your dog should be used to the baby’s belongings. Changes to the baby’s room such as painting and new furnishings should be brought in sooner and not later.

Try to have household scents in the room. With a new paint job and new furnishings, the room can have a lesser “pack” feel to it. A well-used blanket or favorite recliner can bring draw this back. Try to spend time in the room in the weeks to come to the future.

Start bringing the baby’s scent home after childbirth. Soiled clothes and blankets should be brought home as soon as possible and before the baby’s arrival in the house. However, you must prevent situations where you will have to correct your dog over these articles. If you don’t want him too close to these things, then keep them out of reach. You don’t want him to connect bad things with the new baby!

Reduce the attention your dog normally gets a week or more before your new baby’s arrival. Reduce the attention far lower than he will receive after the baby comes home so he won’t feel he is competing for attention with the baby.