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Have you ever had to introduce your dog to your baby? This grilling season, we had the pleasure of welcoming a new addition to the family. Everyone had to get use to life with a newborn including our 2 year old boxer Scout. Scout has been missing out on some attention. He lives for belly rubs, games of catch, runs in the park and relaxing on the deck with dad. But you know what? Like a true best friend, Scout hasn’t held it against. He understands and we love him even more. Giving him a few extra Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers treats hasn’t hurt either.
Now that everyone is adjusting to our new norm, Scout and dad have resumed some of their activities. This week they went running in the park twice. They both came back and “said” it was great but we have to get back in tip top shape. As a reward for their efforts, the Hubs lit the grill. Scout relaxed with his bowl of water and Chicken Nudges® Griller Snacks while the Hubs whipped up a meal on the grill. These are the moments Scout lives for plus he knows there is always a special plate of grilled meat just him.
We used these four tips to introduce Scout to Baby E. Things have gone well and they have already formed a bond. Scout the Protector and his trusty sidekick Baby E.
Introduce dog to baby slowly. Start with telling dog all about the baby that will be joining the family. When the baby arrives, have everyone enjoy family time together for a few minutes at a time. Keep an eye out for your dog’s reaction.
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Like kids, dogs like attention and routine. Resume normal activities asap so your dog doesn’t feel neglected. Spend a little extra time with them when out for walks or during cuddle time.
Once your dog is comfortable with the changes around the house, set boundaries by gently reminding him not to lick, step on etc. And stick to their routine. Your dog may be seeking to go out more as their way of demanding attention but it’s your job to keep order. Don’t give in. Ok give in every once in a while but don’t over do it.
Give your dog praise for adjusting. Offer treats and extra belly rubs. Lucky for us we discovered the all new Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers at Walmart. We purchased the Chicken Nudges® Grillers, the Steak Nudges® Grillers and Beef & Cheese Nudges® Sizzlers. Each option is the perfect treat for Scout since he’s a big fan of grilling season especially steaks. Not only are they made with proteins sourced right here in the USA, real meat is the #1 ingredient with no artificial flavors, preservatives or fillers. How’s that for real food inspired.
Your dog will love these treats so try not to over indulge them. Don’t let those cuddles, licks and puppy eyes break you down. Check out all the flavors at nudgesdogtreats.com and let me know which one you think your dog would love the most! Stop by the Nudges Facebook page to see what flavors other families love. We plan to pick up the new Jerky Cuts value size (36oz) the next time we are in Walmart.
Which flavors will you treat your pup to?
AdannaMay 25, 2015 at 7:41 PM
Scout is so darn cute! I love how your family ensured that he was still part of things with the new baby. Those treats looks so yummy.
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:38 PM
He loved the treats. Just like I thought, we had to pace him. LOL. I hope Scout and the kids continue to have a great relationship for many years to come.
AmandaMay 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM
I bet my dog would love these treats. When we brought our kids home, we definitely piled on the treats so that she would be a happy dog. Then both of us needed to work on getting our pre-baby bodies back!
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM
LOL Amanda! Tell me about it with the pre-baby body. That is so funny and oh so true. But we have to do what we have to do to make our babies and fur babies happy.
Vashti (veepeejay.com)May 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM
Aww…Scout is so adorable. He definitely deserves treats for his good behavior 😀
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM
LOL Vee. Scout is a handful and fits right in with Zoe. He is a cutie so yes he is spoiled. I spoil the kids, the hubs spoils the dog. Ha
Danielle KMay 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM
These are great tips. I have friends with a dog that are about to have a baby so I know these will help. Introducing slowly and making sure to show your pooch lots of love and affection definitely help 🙂
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Thanks Danielle. I wish your friends the best of luck with the baby and the puppy.
rochkirstinMay 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM
We have not experienced having a pet dog at home but some of our cousins do. The pets are just like family and they often play with them. I can imagine how hard it is to train and feed them with food they will like since I don’t understand how they learn to respond with humans.
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM
Dogs (and cats) adjust pretty quick so long as they are given lots of love and affection. Pets truly are family.
Uplifting FamiliesMay 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM
I remember when I was pregnant with my youngest that our dog was going to be an issue around the new baby. It’s like she knew that I was pregnant and after I had my son. I made sure that I sent his infant hat home with daddy so that she could get used to his scent. When we came home from the hospital, she was so excited to see me and we had laid the baby in the crib. She hopped up on our bed trying to peep into the crib. She would also come get us when he was crying. It was so cute. We taught my son to be gentle. She mostly ignored him for a long time.
These are excellent tips. I highly suggest bringing home something that has baby’s scent on it from the hospital.
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM
That is such an excellent tip! I will add it to the list. Dogs and children bond so well. It’s a life long friendship.
TammileetipsMay 27, 2015 at 1:12 AM
These sound like amazing treats for a puppy! Its so important to find a treat for them that is good for them and also that they will enjoy! I had not heard of this brand before sounds great!
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:35 PM
Thanks Tammi. Yes a nice treat minus all the garbage is so important. Our Scout really loves these.
MelissaMay 27, 2015 at 10:01 AM
These looks like tasty treats that my dogs would love. I will have to check them out, they would make a great doggy birthday gift, too. I am in the process of training a puppy and I am sure he will do what I want him to for some of these:)
TiaraMay 28, 2015 at 4:59 AM
First off, I have two boxers & I want a fawn. Your dog is beautiful! Second of all, this is a great post! I have been thinking about this a lot lately as we are wanting to start a family.
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Aren’t boxers the best. I grew up with a boxer. They are great family dogs. When you have your baby, take time introducing them. They will soon be best buddies. Boxers just darling. Our Scout is still a baby and loves to play so we have been taking things slow.
HauteFrugalistaMay 28, 2015 at 10:44 AM
such a fantastic idea! we had a dog that we had to give away bc he would not accept our newborn. He had become too attached to me and would bark all the time the baby was close. broke our hearts but he ended up on a nice farm!
M JMay 31, 2015 at 3:32 PM
Oh man. I know that was hard but I am glad you found a new home for him. Hopefully you will try again when the baby is older.
Aca BarantonDecember 23, 2020 at 8:17 AM
I think ideally a dog must be introduced to your baby kid as a puppy, this way they will grow together and forge a special bond. In the case of an adult dog, safety of the kid becomes very important.