Dog Aggression Towards Babies – Part 2 of 2

For convenience, we will refer to your dog as “he” rather than “he or she”.

 

In a previous article we discussed aggression by a dog towards babies, toddlers and young children, and we suggested some actions that can and should be taken, before the new baby arrives in the home, so as to eliminate any serious and harmful situations occurring.

 

We pointed out that a predatory or fearful or dominant dog is likely to present a real threat to any new baby of young child in your household.  We said that if your dog exhibits predatory behaviour you need to be especially watchful and careful if you have a new baby at home.  If your dog is anxious or fearful, then you should be on the lookout for prolonged or unwanted or irritating attention from a young child.  If on the other hand your dog is known to exhibit dominance, then you need to be especially alert if the child is a toddler.

 

We further discussed some actions that you can take in order to prevent any problems occurring in the first place.  We refer you to this previous article for more information.  It is titled “Dog Training – Aggression Towards Babies – Part A”.

 

Here we will give suggestions for what steps to take after the baby has arrived home.

 

●    When you come to introducing the new baby to your dog, make sure the dog is on his lead and keep the time together short.  Keep these meetings informal and do not make a fuss.  Allow time for your dog to adjust gradually to the new situation;

 

●    Be especially watchful for any early signs of dominant behaviour on the part of your dog.  If, for instance, he begins to growl then separate them immediately and spend some more training time with your dog;

 

●    Never allow the dog to remain unsupervised with the child, even if all seems to be going well;

 

●    When you bring your dog into the presence of the baby make a special effort not to ignore the dog;

 

●    As the baby grows, allow your dog to adjust to the changing behaviour of the baby or young child.

 

We wish you every training success and years of enjoyment for both you and your dog.