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Pet & baby: communication, training and preparation tips

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Top tips for introducing your new baby to your pet

Pet & Baby: Communication, Training and Preparation Tips

Bringing a baby home is a joyous occasion and marks the start of the special relationship between your child and pet. Here are some ideas to help your whole family live together happily and safely from the very beginning

Communication, training and preparation

Communication is the key to any relationship. With a new baby on the way, training will be needed to establish proper boundaries.

If your pet understands the boundaries, what you are asking and how to behave, it will make life a lot easier for everyone.

Make changes slowly and calmly, use simple cues and train pets to make reliable responses:

Homecoming hints

Introduce all things ‘baby’ before the arrival

Baby toys are not animal toys

The rules around your baby’s sleeping area

Put these practices into place before your baby arrives home. For more tips visit advantagefamily.com.au or talk to your vet or an animal behaviourist.

Introducing your baby and pet

We understand everyone wants to meet the new addition to the family but it’s important to never try and force any interaction between your child and pet.

The importance of understanding behaviour

Licking, growling and hissing are normal pet behaviours. They alert us that our pet may be feeling uncomfortable or threatened – but you should still be able to tell your dog or cat to stop immediately:

If you’re concerned about your pet’s reaction to the new arrival, talk to your vet or an animal behaviourist.

Growing pains

As your baby grows your pet will be a familiar friend and a source of amusement and fun– poking, grabbing hair, tail, legs and ears will happen

How to deal with children and senior pets

Any pet regardless of breed, size or training can bite or scratch. It’s important to be vigilant during all interactions your children have with animals. If you’re concerned about the health of your pet, speak to your vet, or contact us for more information.

Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your dog against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.


Treats
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Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your dog against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.

Treats
Fleas, Mites, Lice, Worms

Worm Facts

- ↓ -

Everything you need to know about protecting your pet from worms.