Most pets become jealous of a new baby in the household. Can we really blame them? Their coveted spot on your lap is stolen out from underneath them. The travesty! To help prevent a jealous dog, shoot for 10 minutes a day of doggie-attention. Some days, I’m able to focus on Mabel for a solid 30 minutes, other days 5 minutes is a stretch. Give what you’re able, and no doubt your dog will appreciate the effort. Here are some of the activities I draw upon when it’s pet-bonding time:
Not only does learning new tricks keep your dog mentally sharp, but they’re also fun to show off when family visits. I love Expert Village’s to-the-point video tutorials for new tricks. “Target Touch” is Mabel’s newest endeavor.
Hide and Seek
Tell your dog to sit and stay, then go hide somewhere in the house. Yell, “Come!” When she finds you, she receives a treat. Mabel gets a big kick out of this one.
Run the Stairs
Especially for those active canines, running up and down the stairs really blows off some steam. Throw a small treat down the stairs and let your dog run after it. Now, if only I could get myself to do this much exercise.
Go For a Walk
This is a great task to give those family members who want to help you out after the baby arrives, but don’t know how. Even a quick stroll around the block livens your pooch’s mood.
On those weary days, just let your pet lounge with you for a while. She’ll feel oh-so-special.
The ChuckIt! tennis ball launcher works wonders for outdoor fetching. It really sends the ball flying. The ChuckIt was especially nice during pregnancy, when bending over to pick up the ball posed a bit of a challenge.
Most dogs like a quick drive around town. Mine, on the other hand, turns into an anxious, crying ball of fur. If yours enjoys car rides, let her tag along for a while.
Take Your Dog to Work
If it’s feasible, bring you dog to work. It lifts everyone’s spirits in the office. We’re lucky enough to send Mabel to my husband’s work on occasion. Too bad she doesn’t earn a paycheck.
I’m a big fan of any toy that requires Mabel to think and work for treats. Thinking toys are a good alternative when you’re just too busy to interact. See Toys That Make Dogs Think for my top picks.
If you can squeeze them into your schedule, training classes are a fabulous way to socialize you pet. St. Louis’ The Persuaded Pooch offers useful classes such as Party Tricks and Essential Etiquette. Sarah’s awesome.
A little effort goes a long way for your pooch. Just 10 minutes a day reminds your dog that you still love her, barking bad breath and all.Google+