Communication with your dog is crucial when life is busy, especially with a new baby in the house. Find out what commands are so important and how to use them to create a safe and harmonious environment. This is part 2 of a 4 part series about babies and dogs.
You’ve had your own 4-legged baby for a few years and now a new baby is joining the family. How do you make sure things go smoothly with the family dog?
I offer free dog body language presentations to lower elementary school classrooms in my town of Petaluma.
Often dog bites occur because no one noticed and acted on the early warning signs given by the dog. My clients usually say, “He didn’t give us any warning…he just bit.” What is more likely is that the signals that the dog was giving were not recognized.
Dogs like predictability and reliable actions and behaviors. It makes them feel safe and secure in their world. Children, however, are generally more unpredictable and often do not think before they act, responding as they feel in the moment.
As a former elementary school teacher and now current dog trainer, I have seen the results of dog bites to children.
I developed Stop, Look and Paws as one tool that can start the process of understanding some basic canine body language and thereby prevent dog bites.