Once you have a clear picture of how you would like your pet to behave with a baby in the house, start implementing the new house rules. Make the changes before the baby arrives so your pet has time to adjust.
As the baby will often be held in someone’s arms or on someone’s lap, it’s important your dog learns not to jump up on people. This can be done through teaching him/her basic commands such as “sit” or “down” and rewarding good behaviour with treats, petting, play etc.
If you have a cat who likes to jump into your lap, it’s similarly important to teach a jump-up command before the baby is born. Each time your cat hops onto your lap uninvited, stand up and put him/her on the ground. Then teach your cat a jump-up command, possibly using a treat as a lure, so he/she learns an invitation is required.
Sleeping and change areas
Before your child arrives home allow your pet to explore the baby’s sleeping and change areas. This is especially important with cats. Teach your pet that these areas are off limits before the baby arrives. For cats this may require installing deterrents in the area such as a Ssscat device or installing a screen door in the baby’s room, which allows you to hear the baby, while keeping your cat outside the room.