Preparing your Dog for the Arrival of your Child, a book by Mike Wombacher, answers important questions and shows you how to create a mutually beneficial relationship between your dog and your new child. The book provides steps an owner should take to eliminate any potential behavior problems before the child arrives. There is no need to tragically re-home your dog.
Preparing your Dog for the Arrival of your Child
by Mike Wombacher
You're pregnant and your "pack" will soon be growing. If you're like most people, you're caught between anticipation and trepidation. You're thrilled about the arrival of your new child and you're concerned about doing everything right. If you own a dog, certainly some of your concern revolves around him. You're probably asking yourself:
- "How will my dog handle this?"
- "Will he be jealous?"
- "Will he be careful?"
And most importantly:
- "Is there any chance that he might bite my child?"
If you're not concerned, you should be. Approximately 80% of dog bites happen to children under five.
I have recently written a book entitled, There's a Baby in the House: Preparing your Dog for the Arrival of your Child, which helps you find your way through these concerns, answer important questions, and set the stage for a warm and mutually beneficial relationship between your dog and your new child.
The flow of the book follows the steps an owner should take in order to assess their dog, build a solid relationship, eliminate any potential behavior problems long before the child arrives and ensure a smooth transition after baby appears. Too many families, failing to consider the dramatic implications that the arrival of a child has for a dog, overlook this important issue and end up re-homing their dog within three months of their child's arrival. It's a tragedy that in most cases is entirely avoidable.