Dog trainers and other pet professionals know how important it is to take the family dog into consideration when planning for a baby. Having a safety plan in place is a must when a baby is nursing and especially when a youngster begins to crawl and walk.
To promote sensible and safe planning, humane organizations such as the ASPCA, veterinary behaviorists and dog trainers have posted free, accurate and easy to understand information on their websites. These free resources help new parents and their pediatricians prepare pet dogs for a new baby.
One of the most comprehensive dog and baby websites is Jennifer Shyrock's Family Paws. The website includes free tips for parents, a dog and baby support hotline (877-247-3407) as well as webinars and other programs available for purchase. Ms. Shyrock is best known for her "Dogs and Storks" classes, soon to be expanded to include classes for other species of pets and toddlers as well as babies.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers has posted a series of free webinars for pet parents created by member dog trainers on subjects related to dog and child safety.
The best time to prepare your dog for a new baby or adopted child is the moment you know you are expecting one!
To find a certified professional dog trainer, visit The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers website.