In order to live with a dog inside your home, you will be confronted with a range of problems and obstacles that your dog leaves behind. In order to avoid these difficulties, we have to plan and educate our dog on our home system and our community system. Your dog.
So if your dog has issues with pulling on the leash or being reactive towards you know other dogs or people.
This is something that you really have to talk about.
If you live with somebody or if you have a spouse realistically either you need to train the dog properly to not be doing those things or you should not be walking that dog with your child with your stroller with you know front kind of a carrier.
You know these there are some non-negotiables when it comes to dogs and kids.
And if your dog is going to freak out at the dog across the street and pull your stroller into a ditch it is not acceptable. Either you should walk the baby and the dog separately or you should train your dog to be responsive to be respectful to act the way that you want when you go for a leash walk.
Obviously, this is a priority for me being a dog trainer.
My wife is easily able to walk three dogs no problem two fingers on the leashes like this because we’ve done so much training over the years integrating the stroller is very simple.
It was very easy because the training had already been solidified before the baby came home.
So another thing you can do too is going on YouTube and look for different types of noises different types of sounds that you can play through the speaker.
Now there is a difference between different age groups of kids and the different sounds that they make.
So, of course, there are infants.
There are newborns there are toddlers and then they kind of go up from there.
I would definitely suggest those three things.
Infants newborns-toddlers they make different sounds.
You know when we brought our baby home with Gina she only she didn’t make any noises except when she
was crying because either she was hungry or she needed to be changed or whatever.
And then when she got to about four months she started making these like really high pitched squeaking sounds and she very rarely cries at this point which is obviously good for us but it’s almost always
when she vocalizes is very high pitched squeaking sounds.
Some dogs are not going to be OK with those high pitched squeaking sounds when they start to manifest.
And it was like from one day to another.
She found her voice and now it’s pretty much nonstop.
If she’s awake she’s squeaking.
So if you can get your hands on some YouTube videos you know just to type in things like babies squeaking infant noises different things like that.
Play them for your dogs maybe play them while you’re feeding the dogs.
Simple little things like that and giving them treats.
Doing some training getting them kind of desensitized to those noises.
So a really big deal and you can start to do it before you bring your baby home or if you’re going to have company over that’s bringing kids over you know maybe you get sounds of toddlers playing or you know kids playing at the park for example and you can start being proactive and start working on that stuff.
So another thing you’re really going to want to look at here is especially if your dog has any type of guarding issues.
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My dogs are not the types of dogs who are going to be guarding their food bones toys anything like that. And I still feed them in a different room than my baby. I don’t have any inkling that my dogs would ever do anything.
They’ve never shown even an ounce of reactivity aggression growling anything towards my baby and yet still I would feed them in other rooms.
Why. Because I am a 100 percent proactive whenever I possibly can.
As Athena grows up I will integrate her into actually feeding the dogs working with the dogs. We’ll talk about an upcoming section before right now. I don’t want my baby anywhere near my dogs when they’re eating.
I have really well-trained well-socialized balance dogs and I’m still that proactive. Unfortunately, I have people call me who have dogs that are so food aggressive that either 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after feeding time they will actually become aggressive.
So I’ve seen many times in my career dogs that within 30 minutes of before afterward usually after feeding time the dog will attack the other dog in the House or will bite a person in the house just
because that person went into the kitchen.
Even though the food bowl has been cleaned out at the other end of the kitchen.
So if you have a dog that is a guarding dog has issues like this you need to take a ton of precautions
have a specific room in your house just designed to be able to feed your dog in that room.
And you know you also have to look at certain things like you might want to put a padlock on the outside of your door especially if you have a toddler and they’re searching to get big enough to the point where they can actually search to open doors.
Maybe you have a dog that can open doors.
I know a lot of my client’s dogs can actually.
Why would say a lot but a few of them can actually open doors.
So if you had a dog that had two of those issues they were aggressive towards food and they can open doors.
What happens if they’re you know to do their food and then they open the door and they are right on the other side of the door and they attacked the baby because the baby is within 15 feet of their food dish. These are things that need to be looked at.
I absolutely suggest that if your dog has guarding issues you 100 percent need to address them even if you do a really good job of trying to be proactive in the sense that you you know are going to feed in different rooms make sure that there are no bones toys treats around whatever when the baby is there something can still happen.
I really suggest that you contact a professional trainer to help you with these things to be able to figure out what the safest approach is and how to actually work on those things that you’re not just in prevention mode.
So teaching your dog that there’s a difference between dog toys and baby toys. It’s something that’s really important. You know I talked about before having kind of different areas for the dog and the baby. I think that you know there should be certain areas that are designated for the baby to be able to play especially when they’re very young. You know maybe your baby is going to be in a playpen but maybe they have kind of a map in your living room and that’s where all their toys are and that’s where they get to play. You know there should be kind of designated spots in my opinion for babies to just kind of have their own safe area where the dogs are not allowed in that area and that’s not negotiable.
So just designating those areas but not only that designating that these are dog toys and these are human toys if you don’t understand the difference in how to be able to designate those things you might want to seek some training to be able to understand how to get your dog to understand the difference between a dog toy and a human toy. It’s not very difficult.
A lot of it just comes down to consistency and you know things that they’re allowed to play with and things that you don’t allow them to play with but you might want to reach out to a trainer.
I always suggest that my clients try to steer away from squeaky toys when it comes to you know if they’re going to have people coming over with their kids and they bring a bunch of toys or maybe you know you have a baby shower or something.
Try to remind people not to get squeaky toys if possible. Those will really peak most of the interest and that can potentially be. I wouldn’t say disaster but it can just be a lot of management that doesn’t need to happen. You know my dogs don’t bother with my kid’s toys they just don’t care. They know the difference. They know things that they’re allowed to play with and not allowed to play with. They have their own toys. They have their own Cong’s frisbees balls and they’re not allowed to be playing with the baby toys. But it’s interesting because we have one or two squeaky toys and you can learn from my experience here. That one or two squeaky toys when those things get squeaking. You can see just the ears go up and they’re really excited and they just love squeaky toys. So those are something that we might have to look at. Just getting out of our toy rotation with our baby it’s not an issue at this point our dogs don’t do anything. Don’t try to take the toys from them or anything. It just requires that we’re kind of like guys know just chill out go lay down because they’re really interested in it. So it just requires a little bit more maintenance so I’m trying to stay away from squeaky toys if possible is definitely something that you might want to talk about with people that are buying you guys toys. It can just be you could just require a little bit more maintenance than not having squeaky toys. So what you’re seeing right here is the first smells that we actually allowed are our dogs. When we brought Athena home so I believe at this point she’s probably about a week old. We didn’t allow them to smell her. It wasn’t like a baby comes home. Here’s the baby you guys just smell the baby. That’s not how things are supposed to happen. Unfortunately, that’s what most people do. They decide OK well they’re going to be best friends. They need to meet right away. It’s the first thing that we need to do. No, absolutely not. When we brought the baby home the dogs were probably in another room sleeping on dog beds. They probably didn’t even see the baby for the first couple of days. I think that there is something to be said for the fact that the baby should be the focal point. The baby should be the one the center of attention. And our dog should be respectful of that fact. And most people do it differently they do it the other way around. So I definitely suggest when you’re integrating give a little bit of time. It doesn’t have to be right away. If your dog is jealous they’re going to have to learn to get over that stuff anyway. And fundamentally you want to be doing things as safely as you possibly can.
Now what we could have done is we could have just let the dogs come in all three of them at the same time which we didn’t we did one at a time. We had all the dogs on a leash and we just allowed for some little sniffing. It’s very very basic. And that was basically it. And then we just went through one dog at a time we didn’t allow three dogs we didn’t allow dogs to just come in you know off-leash running around just doing you know being their normal selves. It was very controlled. It was very structured. And this is the best way of being able to do it. My wife is behind the the the wall here. You can’t see her she’s holding the leash just in case. What is the likelihood that my dog is going to try to bite my baby? It’s like point 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 percent. And dogs are not aggressive towards people dogs anything. But why take the chance. Put in structure put in obedience. Do whatever you can to be as safe as you possibly can. If you are concerned about your dog potentially doing something so you know that they should not be doing and then obviously give yourself more time put in the effort. Collop trainer uses a muzzle if you’re that concerned about things. But take your time. This is how I’ve integrated my dogs. And if I’m doing that being proactive with my dogs. Most people that are watching this should be this proactive if not more proactive.