It’s important that you train your dog to be ready for your new arrival. Our dog is pretty well behaved as is ( at least I think so!) so we haven’t done anything different thus far in preparing him. He has never slept on the couch or bed so I’m not worried about having to kick him off. He walks right next to us when we go on walks, with or without a leash, so I’m not worried about taking him out with the stroller. He has also been around quite a few little kids and while he is hyper, he is very friendly.
Is your dog the “baby” in your family? I don’t know a lot about animals but I do know that dogs are smart. They sense things. They know when things are different, when someone is in pain or hurting, or when something big is about to happen. Like a new baby in the family, maybe?!
Honestly, we probably wont’ do anything at all. I know it will definitely take some getting used to and he’ll probably be pretty worried and over protective for a while when the baby cries, but I hope after a while he’ll just get used to it!
If your dog has never been around babies or young children, I’d suggest that would be the first step. Let him hear babies cry and be around young children. A kids touch is much different than an adult’s. If you plan on walking with your dog and baby, make sure the dog has learned to walk beside you without tugging on the leash. The last thing you want is a crying baby in your stroller and a dog trying to escape!
Some people recommend teaching your dog ahead of time to not go into the baby’s room. This can be done by putting a gate up early or just simply teaching your dog that he is not allowed in that room. I however, don’t see a problem with the dog being in the nursery. I think he will want to be in there to protect the baby, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. As long as your dog doesn’t jump up and isn’t naturally aggressive, I don’t see how it could be a problem.
On the other hand, I’ve never experienced living with a dog and a newborn, so what do I know?!