An excerpt from Please Don’t Bite the Baby, and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs, ” page 31.
The reality is that with 250 million scent receptors, your dog has already smelled that baby on anyone who has handled him or her in the hospital, and potentially has already become familiar with the baby’s scent through the mother while the baby was growing.
If you think about what usually happens in your dog’s head when you bring something home and give it to her, then giving a dog a baby-scented blanket could be one of the worst ideas ever. Normally when you present your dogs with a soft, plushy thing, it is a toy, and some dogs may play with it, carry it around, or eviscerate it. But none of them will think, “Oh, this represents something unseen that I will have to be careful around or patient with later on.”
Let your dog meet your baby as a baby, not as something that smells like a toy she got yesterday. Your dog will get enough of the baby’s scent once he or she is home, and then it is all about how you introduce the dog to the baby and how you handle the dog when around the baby that will truly allow for bonding and safety down the road.
Here is a picture of Boo meeting my son for the first time. My hands were always right by the dog and the baby to guide them both. And, it was all good.
For more information on how to best introduce your dog and baby – take a look at Please Don’t Bite the Baby.