Signs Dog is Jealous of Baby
Up until now, your dog has been your best friend. Some dog owners even treat their pet like a “fur baby”. It’s hardly surprising, then, that dogs are sometimes jealous of the new addition to the family. A new baby is a huge adjustment for everyone in the household and your dog is no exception. Make sure you introduce your dog to the baby carefully and lovingly and look out for these signs that the dog is jealous of Baby:
- Signs of aggression such as barking, hissing, or snapping
- Defecating or urinating in the house – this is generally a method of “marking territory” rather than aggression.
- Loss of interest, energy, or appetite – canine depression
- Trying to jump up while you’re holding or feeding the baby – a simple cry for attention.
What You can do if Your Dog is Jealous:
Many dogs never exhibit any of these behaviors and love the baby from the moment he or she comes through the door. But many dogs find the adjustment difficult. Here are a few techniques to try:
- Talk to your dog lovingly when you’re tending the baby – reassure him that he’s still part of the family.
- Remind your dog of the expectations with a firm “NO” when he misbehaves.
- Remove him from the room if he persists, but only for a short while.
- Treat your dog and make a fuss when he gets it right.
- Take Baby and Dog for walks together.
- Smells are important to dogs – place something of Baby’s (a burp towel or blanket) in his bed so that he associates the baby with comfort.
What if these Techniques don’t Work?
In most cases, reassuring your dog of his place in your home is enough to overcome any feelings of jealousy and Dog and Baby become inseparable buddies. But, occasionally, a dog does not adjust to the change. Your options are to hire a dog training expert to help you modify his behavior, or (last resort!) to find a new forever home for your dog. This is a heartbreaking decision to have to make. But your baby is your priority now.
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