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Q: WHY IS MY DOG IS ACTING WEIRD AROUND OUR NEW BABY?!

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New parents quite suddenly - to the dog anyway - shift their attention from dog to baby. This often stresses out and confuses their dog. He may then try to get that attention back by barking, jumping up, or stealing and chewing baby items, especially ones that have an odor (pacifiers, used diapers, etc).Dog Baby Safety

Here's what to do:

  • Teach your dog to walk next to the stroller - he'll need plenty of exercise plus the routine of daily walks.

  • Let your baby and your dog visit, always under your close supervision. The more they are together, the better behaved and less stressed your dog will be.

  • Never, ever leave your dog and your child alone together. Ever.

  • Interrupt your dog if he is chewing on one of the baby's things, give him an acceptable chew toy, and praise him when he takes it.

  • Its never too early to begin teaching your child to leave the dog's dish and toys alone.

  • If your dog growls or snaps at your child, call a dog trainer for professional help immediately!

September is Baby Safety Month - for more information on children and dog safety, CLICK HERE.

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Rachel Baum,CPDT-KA

RACHEL BAUM, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Canine Professionals, and is recommended by local veterinarians and rescue groups, including Forever Home Greyhounds and the Capital District Humane Association. Rachel does Pre-Pet Counseling (assistance with choosing the right dog for your family), Welcome Puppy (in-home instruction on housebreaking, obedience, problem prevention, crate training) and Behavior Consultation (any dog, any age, any problem). Using dog-friendly techniques, Rachel can help owners establish a relationship with their dog based on love, trust and guidance. She can find solutions to potentially embarrassing problems like jumping up on people, nuisance barking, and pulling on the leash, as well as aggression, separation anxiety, housebreaking, and destructive behavior. Clients (or dogs) with special needs are welcome! Rachel is also available to speak to organizations, schools, or businesses about dog safety and dog behavior. She can be reached at 518-248-1781 or

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