bringing a baby home from the hospital preparing your pet for the new
member of the family is an important task. Dogs will often see the baby
as a new member of its pack. Being the newest member the dog may also
see it as the lowest ranking member. Cats don't have the same pack instinct
so they may ignore the baby all together. Their biggest issue tends to
be when a child pesters or mistreats them. It is wise to let your pet
examine the baby's room and any smells it will associate with the baby
before he/she is brought home. However, the pet shouldn't be let in the
baby's room after the room is occupied. If you have a very close bond
with your pet it may become depressed if it feels neglected. Spending
extra time with your pet during this period of time may help alleviate
some of its anxiety. Because of the pack tendencies of dogs you should
watch for any signs of aggression or bad behavior and correct them immediately.
However, do not punish the dog for it may create ill will towards the
child. For dogs raised around children, most of the time, this process
will be relatively easy.