Saturday, December 8, 2012

No Dogs in the Baby's Room!

By Hannah Branigan MS, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP


To keep everyone safe, we are establishing safe spaces for both the dogs and the baby. The dogs won't be allowed in the baby's room, and the baby won't be allowed in the dog room. This will give the baby a safe, dog-free place to play and I won't have to worry about baby toys becoming dog toys.

We will use baby gates to help control access to parts of the house, especially while the baby is young, but it's a good idea to have some training in place as well.

I want waiting outside the room to be easy and stress-free for the dogs, and I really want to avoid using any aversives on the dogs with the baby around, because I don't want any negative associations to form. So I'm using clicker training and positive reinforcement to teach them to stay in the hall and not follow me in. I'm not using a cue, because I want the behavior to be automatic, so I don't have to remember to say wait every time (and because I know for sure that my husband will forget).




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