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Review: Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – An Essential Guide

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

In our family of 3, it’s very well established that Soda is our baby. But what would we do if we had a real (non-furry) baby? How would that work? Enter Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – An Essential Guide for Dog Owners who are Expecting a Baby by veterinarian and animal behaviourist, Dr Lewis Kirkham.

Seriously, if you’re pregnant, planning to have children, or just want to understand how your dog relates to children, do yourself a favour and get this book.

THE BOOK

Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant is the ultimate guide for people expecting or trying for a baby and want to prepare their pet with minimal stress and change to their routines.

Filled with information, helpful tips and the latest behavioural knowledge, the book works from chapter to chapter walking you through the steps required to prepare your dog and your home for your new family member.

THE CD

With 13 different tracks featuring sounds, ranging from crying and giggling to bath-time, the CD works with the book to prepare your dog for your baby’s arrival. With detailed instructions on how to introduce these sounds to your pet, you’re able to analyse how your dog responds and develop an approach of introducing a baby to the household that is specific to their needs.

MYTH BUSTING!

In the first half of the book, a chapter is dedicated to busting myths surrounding babies and pets. Covering everything from “The dog will be jealous” to “The dog and the baby with instantly bond”, the guide allows you to see how preparation, observation and supervised interaction allows your dog to bond with your baby, all the while keeping safety as your number one priority.

ROUTINE AND ATTENTION

Possibly my favourite part of the book was the attention placed on the welfare and happiness of your dog. The fact that the guide is about ensuring everyone’s needs are met – the parents, the dog and the baby – is its crowning glory.

We all know the story – a friend has a much loved dog that sleeps on their bed and is the apple of their eye, only to be banished to the backyard when the new baby comes along. No one wants to be that person.

Through detailed tips – including establishing routines with your dog, ensuring one on one time, and baby-proofing their toys and bowls – the guide allows you to make your dog a priority during the transition. No jealous elder siblings, just happy families!

WHAT WE LOVED:

  • Easy to understand step-by-step guide to preparing your dog for your new baby.
  • The original CD that contains 13 tracks to enable your dog to get used to baby sounds before their arrival.
  • Filled with real case studies from dog owners who have been through the experience of introducing their dog to their new baby.
  • High focus on safety for your new baby and your dog.
  • Suggested routines to ensure your dog’s mental and emotional health remains a priority during the transition.
  • Health tips to safeguard both your dog and baby’s well-being.
  • Handy guide for the day you bring your new baby home and beyond.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE:

  • Unfortunately one case study in the book mentions the euthanasia of a healthy family dog due to aggression towards the owners and their new child. Here at Pretty Fluffy we DO NOT agree with euthanising pets for any reason other than their own pain levels and failing health. We strongly feel a focus on training, care and rehoming is a much better approach to dogs with aggression issues and would never agree with the euthanasia of a healthy pet.

BEST FOR:

  • Dog owners who are trying for or expecting a baby.
  • Dog owners who want to make their dogs more comfortable around babies and small children.
  • Parents of small children and babies looking to introduce a dog into their family.

CLICK TO BUY

Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant by Dr Lewis Kirkham can be purchased through Baby and Pet as an E-Book with MP3 audio or hardcopy version with CD. CLICK TO BUY

For more information, FAQs and testimonials visit Baby and Pet.

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

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12 responses to “Review: Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – An Essential Guide”

  1. Kayla says:

    Oh my gosh! I stress out about this all the time! I always wonder what Lucy will do if we ever have a baby.. Thank you SO much for sharing this little product!

    Kayla
    http://www.lovelucygirl.com

    • It’s one of those things you do think about- isn’t it?

      I think it’s great to know it’s out there, because preparation is key in introducing your dog to your new baby. This way, we can all have it ready for future reading!

  2. Kody Ziegler says:

    Is this a very non-committal way to announce your pregnancy of Pretty Fluffy? ; )

    • Ha ha – I was thinking that as I was writing this article! NO – I’m not pregnant, very happy with Soda as my only baby for now 😉

      Although I will be tucking away this book for the future!

  3. Patamaki says:

    Excellent someone is thinking of the dogs for a change! So many people just ignore (or worse, abandon) their dogs when they have kids – it isn´t fair on them.

  4. cate says:

    This is such a great idea!! I always wonder about this when I see families have a new addition – I wonder of there is one for cats too? I’ve seen so many dropped off at the shelter, because the cat doesn’t fit anymore 🙁

  5. Not sure if I would have played baby sounds etc before a dog came home because in my mind, it isn’t just the noise that changes, it’s YOU that changes too.

    We prepared our 6 month old puppy with the change by sending home a baby blanket our newborn first used in the hospital days before we came home. He carried it around in his month for that time and knew the smell.

    Then when baby first came in the door in his car seat, we let the puppy lick him. Just his arm mind you. But lick him and initiate him into the family. This baby wasn’t off limits. This was family and so was puppy.

    Of course safety was important and so baby gates would keep puppy and baby apart when we couldn’t watch (naptime, etc) but we would let them interact every time we could watch.

    So in our case, it has been an amazing journey of pup and kidlets. They are are 9, 8, and 6 respectively and they all love each other to death. Licks all around!!

    Here is our oldest “kid” at NINE! http://instagram.com/p/ZGANX0HTT6/

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  7. […] dog used to the sounds a new baby will make. A great resource for this is the book and audio CD, Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – I HIGHLY recommend this book for any dog owner having a child. Through the exercises in this […]

  8. CEcilia says:

    Hello

    I bought this book it had no CD inside and the book doesn’t say where to download the tracks or anything. Do you know who can I contact to understand how to get the tracks???
    Without the tracks, the book it’s not worth buying nor reading at all.

    Thank you

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