This is a lovely video of Charlie the Beagle finding a friend in Laura Olivia. The family of Charlie dedicates this video to all those who have to separate from their beloved dogs for one reason or another. Charlie grows up with Laura Olivia. He was there to welcome her home after she was born. And he took on the role of caretaker, companion, friend, ever since. When Olivia was a baby and was crying, Charlie would bring her one toy after another to comfort her.
How to prepare your dog for your new baby
In this video, you see Laura Olivia bringing Charlie one toy after another until we have to look through the toys to find Charlie. And when Charlie had a sock over a hurt paw, Olivia comforts Charlie. She is always hugging and kissing him. And Charlie welcomes her love.
Some families feel that they have to give up their beloved dog when there’s an addition to the family. There is a possibility that with preparation and training for your dog, baby and dog can live happily ever after.
Months before the baby arrives, you can start preparing your dog with schedule change, so that when the time comes when you do have to devote that time to your new baby, the schedule change would not feel sudden to your dog. They too get used to a schedule.
And if you prefer to nurse the baby with your dog outside the bedroom, you can gradually train your dog to do so while you are sitting in your nursery, so he associates the idea that when you sit in a certain chair in the nursery, he stays outside the door.
And if you have at least a day before bringing the baby home, you might leave an item with the baby scent with your dog, so he starts getting familiar with the scent of your baby. A family member at home might reinforce the association positively by talking softly to your dog, praising him when he smells the clothing, and perhaps even offer a treat if you feel it helps to strengthen the positive feeling. If you enjoy this video, here is another one of Charlie and Laura.