Use recordings of baby sounds during your dog's normal routine. Reward calm responses with high-value treats months before due date.
Prep Your Dog
Dog proof nursery space and tether dogs away from baby areas when unsupervised. Provide places baby can't access as dog retreats.
Create Safe Zones
Have friends with infant dolls come over. Reward your dog for calm disinterest in wanting to jump, nudge or lick baby doll props.
Set up adjustable gates to allow your dog their own areas away from the baby while also blocking access before kids become mobile.
Use keywords like "off" or "settle" then treat for obedience ahead of time so cues reliably make your dog move back or relax when told.
Train for Cues
Keep dogs leashed and focus their attention on you when first interacting with your newborn. Have high value treats on hand to continue capturing preferred behavior.
Watch closely for any signs of anxiety or stress in dogs when baby cries or moves erratically so you can redirects your dog's attention to you for support.