Even if Rover and the new baby have become fast friends, it's always wise to make sure that Rover understands that the baby crib is off limits to him. You don't want him jumping into the crib, ever, as he might accidentally knock the whole thing over, scratch the baby—or worse. Curiosity is normal, though, so don't punish Rover for wanting to join baby to have a sniff or a snuggle. Instead, focus on correcting the problem and preventing accidents.
Tip# 1 - Start the training early. Before the baby arrives, set up the crib and let Doggie walk around and smell everything. If he tries to jump into the crib, say "no" and then distract him with something else. It will be a lot harder to get him away from the crib once the baby is in it -- the addition will be too interesting not to investigate -- but the pre-training should help.
Tip# 2 - Let Doggie smell and be around the baby -- with supervision, of course. Chances are he's trying to get into the crib because he's fascinated by the baby's smell, sounds and look. If you let Rover get used to the new family member, he'll eventually accept it and give up his frantic climbing issues.
Tip# 3 - Give Rover his own baby room corner when you're there. A nice fluffy pillow or a doggie bed near the crib would be perfect, so he can feel like part of the action while you're feeding the baby or doing other things in the room.
Tip# 4 - Put the crib in a closed room when you can't monitor Doggie properly. Shut the door and use a baby monitor to keep an eye -- well, ear -- on baby. Can't stand the idea of shutting the baby away in his room? Consider installing a screen door with a locking mechanism. That way you can still see the baby while keeping him safe behind the screen.
By Tammy Dray
About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.