When you come home from the hospital, have mom enter first, alone with something of infant’s, including a blanket or clothing the baby has worn. This allows your puppy to smell the new”thing” which will be coming into the home, making it less alien to him. Have father hold baby out so that your dog can encircle her and start to calm down before the baby comes in the home. After that, have mother SuperBaby go outside and hold the baby while dad goes in to greet the puppy.
It’s OK for your dog to get a little excited, but make sure you get him calm before the baby comes in to the house. If mom and dad are calm and relaxed when they enter it’ll move to the dog and put him at ease somewhat faster. Don’t make a huge deal out of this greeting, but also make it a happy one! Place the dog on leash and allow him to sit and remain so that you have control when mom and infant enter. If your dog has calmed, come in the house with the baby.
Do not let the dog jump on anyone, particularly infant! When he does, give him a firm correction and with a fast jerk on the leash. Don’t use any harsh punishments unless the dog becomes a threat to the infant.
Don’t hit your dog! If you think that the situation is too much for the dog to manage, place him in his crate or gate him in a space. After the puppy is calm, let him sniff infant’s feet. Be careful to not allow the dog too close to the baby’s face at first because he could accidentally hurt the baby if he jumps or pops too hard. Basically, keep control of him at all times and the odds of something terrible happening will probably be minimal. Do make sure you praise your dog for good behaviour. You can also offer him high value treats for the good behaviour.
Even by following the above procedures that your dog might nevertheless be”jealous”, even though dogs really don’t have that emotion. They do understand when the attention has diminished or completely gone away. Make sure that you still give your dog attention when possible! Make special time for him just as you did before the baby came home.
Set up time to play with and give attention to him if the infant is around and isn’t around. This reveals that your dog that he is still a part of the family and will still draw attention. It also teaches him to discuss the attention with all the baby. This can look like a tough job to achieve since you will not have much energy on account of the demands a baby places on youpersonally, but it is vital!