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Dogs and Babies

Through many years of dog training, walking and being outside in all weathers I now have a few problems with my neck and shoulders. It's an on-going goal to keep my body healthy and pain free as possible so that I can continue the work that I love doing.

I have professional help to enable me to do this both up here in Cumbria and also in the south in the beautiful city of Bath. Both the therapists I work with are highly qualified and know my body very well so are able to keep me pain free most of the time which is very reassuring.

The therapist I go to in Bath is my daughter, She runs her own practice: The Bath Massage Company. She specialises in 'mums-to-be' and infant massage and looks after them during and after the pregnancy.

I work alongside her when I am in Bath and give talks to her clients about how they can introduce their dog to the new baby when it arrives. Something that can be quite daunting and can cause issues of jealousy, and sometimes aggression with animals.

Here in Cumbria I run a one hour session for the new mums on the same subject as many people are really apprehensive about the new baby and the dog meeting each other for the first time.

Preparation before the baby arrives is vital. Any existing training and behavioural issues that the dog has will only escalate after the baby arrives. Preparation includes getting the dog used to the baby equipment: high chair, pushchair etc.

A new mum should meet her dog again for the first time without Her baby. Then later on introduce the dog to the baby in a quiet room and spend time together. Associate the baby's presents with positive experiences, when the dog is behaving well around the baby give plenty of praise and allow him to sniff the baby, when he loses interest carry on as normal.

Don't play with baby on the floor with the dog or leave them together unsupervised not even for a second, this includes all dogs regardless of previous behaviour. Also make sure that your dog has a quiet and safe place to retreat to when he gets fed up.

Dogs and baby's do and can go well together if, right at the beginning the mum/owner does everything to make sure that the dog feels safe and happy around this human puppy. For households with new babies you won't have much time to put your feet up, so making sure your dog is ready for the new arrival before hand is one less thing to worry about!

About Ingrid

Ingrid Grayling has become one of the UK's leading experts in professional dog training and obedience, and runs a highly successful business in the heart of rural Cumbria offering training and residential care as well as a training school in Bath, Somerset. With over 25 years' experience, Ingrid has built up her business which sees clients come from all over the UK to learn her unique training techniques.

Services include: personalised training on a one-to-one basis, training the owner to train their dog, residential training and day courses, help with livestock worrying & behavioral problems, pre-puppy pack and active holidays for dogs.

www.ingrid-grayling.co.uk / 00 44 931 715282

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