Almost half of the households in the United States have a dog. Adding a new baby into the family can change the dynamics and the routines in your home. Sometimes it can be traumatic for your first furry love, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You always can find ways for your dog to be an active member of your child’s development.
Today we will talk about nine activities that your dog will enjoy with your baby.
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The first time we met Pendleton we could tell she was a people person. In the meeting corral at the ASPCA, she stuck to the handler like a loyal friend, crawling into his lap for belly rubs. It didn’t take long after we got her home and settled for her to react the same way with us. Even now, almost 8 years later, she still will crawl into our laps whenever we are sitting on the floor as if she is a small shitzu instead of the 40 lb. German Shepard and Sharpei mix she is.
Pendleton behaves the same way whenever guests come into our home. She greets unfamiliar faces (and familiar ones) as if they are the greatest things to walk this earth. She will sit down next to them, waiting to be pet. She will lay down at their feet, and follow them into every room. I tease that we “obviously ignore her” because she always seeks so much attention from those she doesn’t even know! She is the same way with those in our neighborhood. She will run up to neighbors as we walk by and she is well-loved by the neighborhood kids for her sweet nature. However, her favorite friends are the neighborhood dogs. Every person in our cul-de-sac has at least one dog, and most have two. If the families are outside we will often let the dogs play together in front of someone’s house. They run, they chase, they tumble. The past few months, however, my husband and I have noticed that Pendleton hasn’t been able to keep up as well as she used to. At first we thought it was her increasing age, but after we made the switch to Iams quality dog food we noticed a marked difference in her energy levels.
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