Preparing your dog for a new baby
My mom is one of the World's Greatest (Dog) Lovers. She passed this DogAge tip to me, asking "does this qualify as a Parent Hack?" Yes! The family dog always gets booted out of the resident cutie position when the baby arrives -- and new parents are often too busy and tired to notice. Says DogAge:
Start by making a list of the rules and routines your dog now follows, highlighting which ones will need to change once you have a baby in the house. Then, start introducing the changes and teaching any new rules before the baby comes.
Simple, thoughtful advice. Dogs, like kids, rely on their routines, so changing the routines gradually before the baby arrives makes good sense.