Every year dogs are brought into animal shelters because their owners are expecting their first baby. It’s like the dog has served its purpose as the surrogate child and now must step aside for the real thing.
Dogs are pack animals. Given the chance they will welcome a baby into the pack and show the same loyalty and devotion to the new arrival as they show the other members. A family can be richer for including a dog as a family member. Love is a quality that has no boundaries. But some considerations are needed.
People who are expecting to start families should give a lot of thought to the size, breed, and temperament of the dog before they get it.
If a dog that has been accustomed to being the center of attention is now ignored or shunted off to spend lonely hours outside, it is naturally going to feel hurt and bewildered.
A dog should never be allowed to be alone with a baby just as a toddler should never be allowed to be unsupervised around a baby. Dogs and small children are unpredictable. Rare tragedies have occurred very quickly in both situations, even with very small dogs.
Here are three books available from Amazon with good suggestions for living with babies, children, and dogs: