Dogs may be more responsive to a child who visits their home.
Allergy reactions are equally important. The allergens that a newborn baby reacts to are very strong. If he does have a reaction, it is important to determine if it is due to the dog. If your analysis confirms that the baby is allergic to dog hair, it is important to keep the child away from the dog. This is the worst moment because the dog may become accustomed to receiving his attention and care. Dogs will face new restrictions and territory in their lives. The owner must be sensitive and understand the situation. It is impossible to change the dog’s life, as it is not responsible for what has happened. It is much easier to limit her access to certain places, but not to deprive her of her love and care.
A separate discussion will be dedicated to the psychology of building relationships with small children and dogs in a family. It is vital to be aware of some important points. The dog is jealous and the child is the youngest of the pack. When adults spend most of their time with the child and forget about their duties to the dog, the child begins to see the child as the cause of all her problems and misfortunes. Aggression toward the dog is a way to eliminate this source. Your duties to your dog cannot be canceled or ignored. She will not be able to explain and compare why the dog started to walk a bit with her, or why she has forgotten to caress, feed, and play with her. The roles within the family have to be re-allocated with the birth of the baby. Dogs must still be at the bottom of the hierarchy. The owner should allow the dog to communicate with her baby. This demonstrates that the owner trusts his dog with all of his most precious possessions. This trust is taken by the dog as a sign that the child is an integral member of the family and should be cared for and protected. The owner and the child must adjust their relationship in the future.
You should never scold, punish or drive the baby away from the dog when you are trying to get to know her. Adults should be vigilant about the dog’s behavior and encourage a positive response. If the dog has a negative reaction, it should be removed from the area where the child is situated. You can also take the dog for a walk. The dog will become distracted and will soon be relieved of the stress. You can then introduce your dog to the baby again, giving positive reinforcements and encouraging calm reactions. Gradually, your dog will be more comfortable with the baby’s smells and sounds and will feel like he is part of her world.