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Mon, Mar 10 | By Nick Cocalis | 952

MADISON, Wis. - “My dog is my baby,” is a common phrase among dog owners. But what happens when it is time to welcome home a newborn? Training your pet to be prepared for the new addition can be the difference between your child's safety and po… more ›

Preparing Your Pet for the Stork's Delivery
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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

I guess I never gave much thought to this, it is good for people to know but I agree never leave a child an a animal unattended together

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

great information!

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

Dogs are people too! :)

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Excellent education...may prevent animals from being surrendered to shelters because prospective parents know how to prepare.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

You can see how every day things effect your pets. Of course a life changing event will have an effect too. It is great to have more education for all involved.

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natalie
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natalie
6 years ago

great discussion, very informative

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

Why would people not think of preparing their pets? Our pets are so much a part of our lives, of course they would need to be properly prepared. If people don't think of this, I wonder how much they actually think of their pets.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

interesting.

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Diane W.
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Diane W.
6 years ago

We get that reason all the time and more with cats than dogs. I guess they just put the dog outside. A friend suggested carrying around a baby doll for awhile before the baby comes home and the dog gets used to the site picture and isn't as worried. Makes sense to me.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

I did see alot of animals giving up just for this very reason. Its sad.

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Sydney  S.
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Sydney S.
6 years ago

Great tips!

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

What to do? This can be a dilema

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Mumzy
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Mumzy
6 years ago

our dog had pups.
it didnt work out to well ):

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

Anyone that has a petshould follow this steps to prepare their pet for a newborn. It will make it easier on everyone and the pet won't fill like he is being replaced.

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SandyReedy
6 years ago

Our shelter had a beautiful dog surrendered for just this reason. Luckily, it found a good home. My daughter has some friends who have 2 dogs, and they were very careful to prepare them for the new arrival and have had no problems at all. An ounce of prevention------!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

This is a good idea but I still would not leave my dog alone with my baby. It only takes once.

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Hauler
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Hauler
6 years ago

This is a good idea. I have read horrible stories about a dog hurting a child!

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Jdarunner
6 years ago

i think its was a pretty good article!!!!

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Christina H.
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Christina H.
6 years ago

What a great article! It shows that preparation is everything, especially when welcoming a new addition to the household.

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Lori R.
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Lori R.
6 years ago

I think this is great that there are materials getting out there to educate people on this. As stated in the article, it's so unfortunate that people aren't taking the dogs needs/feelings into consideration and then do just wind up giving the dog up.
I understand the new parents concerns, but as a member of your family the dogs need to adjust to this new situation, just as a first child needs adjusting to a second child coming. I know we aren't exactly comparing apples to apples, but dogs do need prepping as well.

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Penelope P.
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Penelope P.
6 years ago

when i brought home my first born, we had a black lab, she was mad at me, but protected kevin with her life. she sleep in his room and watched over him likes she was his mother. she was a great dog. right up to her dying day kevin could do what ever he wanted to her. {nothing mean}

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Inooshi
6 years ago

My friend has a great photo of her dog licking her newborn. As the baby grew, he loved that dog so much. The dog wasn't so sure of the baby, but never harmed him. Then, sadly, the baby was allergic to the dog, who had to go live next door.

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Andrew22
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Andrew22
6 years ago

I've been through this a couple of times now. If you don't handle it the right way it can be difficult.

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

The DVD is a good idea. Saves pets and people!

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martin s.
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martin s.
6 years ago

that is good info, i am glad i read that for when we have kids

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Cma84
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Cma84
6 years ago

you gotta be careful

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

I've heard of dog attcks on infants in swings!! Hopefully these won't happen if the dog is worked with prior to the baby coming home!!!!

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Janetfinegan
6 years ago

Wonderful idea. Don't dump your pets just because someone cuter is coming home.

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bee b.
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bee b.
6 years ago

Interesting article with good suggestions and things to research or consider when bringing a baby (or any new person/animal) into your home.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

Having more than 1 pet "delivered" I think this is so important. I hope people really realize how important it is to prepare for this day

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Deana W.
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Deana W.
6 years ago

It seems very smart to me to educate pregnant couples as to how to integrate their baby with their pet(s). We get so many in the shelter every year because of new babies in the household, it's ridiculous. Someone really dedicated to their pet should know how to proceed to make it all work.

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Trojo1521
6 years ago

A great idea...something that a lot of dog owners worry about.

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

It's a great idea and something I didn't give much thought to before, since I only had a cat when my children were newborns and not a dog. I watched the interaction carefully and found that if introduced early on pets usually are very protective over the newcomer. Good advise about not petting the dog to calm him down because it encourages bad behavior.

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EK4567
6 years ago

Great Idea...

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Denise A.
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Denise A.
6 years ago

One of my workers prepared their dog for the new baby by placing baby toys on the ground and saying no to the dog... then showing her, her toys and saying get it. It worked!

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joshua
6 years ago

this is a great idea, i hope more peole take advantage of the dvd.

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tomi b.
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tomi b.
6 years ago

I hope all expectant families buy this dvd.

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Christine K.
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Christine K.
6 years ago

I wish more people would do that instead of saying "Oh we have a new baby now, we have to get rid of the dog." They don't take the time for extra training.

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Sixtus7
6 years ago

Nothing's better than seeing a dog who understands the fragility of human babies and treats them accordingly.

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Catherine T.
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Catherine T.
6 years ago

Interesting article! Although I have no plans to bring a baby home, it is interesting to see what is suggested for that.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

many great ideaspoints

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Bob C.
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Bob C.
6 years ago

Cesar Milan had a thing on his show ... making sure the dog knows its boundaries.

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Jacob H.
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Jacob H.
6 years ago

great article

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Becca M.
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Becca M.
6 years ago

Great article. These are good tips to follow.

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Heather S.
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Heather S.
6 years ago

People are always humanizing dogs too much and that's when they run into these kinds of problems. Dogs are dogs, and are natural followers. As long as you, the human, are the leader, you should not have any problems. The leader lets the dog know what is allowed and what isn't.

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Blanchec
6 years ago

Everything comes down to education! Not only of the dog but the future parents as well. If they know in the beginning that the dog may become jealous they can prepare ahead. Remember that many a dog and sometimes a cat has saved a family member during emergency times.

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

Just don't make a big deal and continue to give animal same level of attention and all will be fine

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Jacob H.
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Jacob H.
6 years ago

this seems very sensible i could see this a very big problem

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

It takes time, but anything worth while does

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Gloria E.
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Gloria E.
6 years ago

People need to be educated about how to introduce a new baby to a pet.

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