- Play a recorded baby sounds for a few seconds; click, treat. If the dog doesn't look stressed, play the sound a little longer
- Borrow , baby clothes from friends, let your dog smell; click, treat
- Get your dog used to child-type movements. Wave your hand briefly; click, treat. If the dog doesn't appear stressed, wave hands more, click treat.
- When dog gets better with weird hand movements, start making other child-type movments like running in a weird way. Always stop if dog seems uncomfortable - remember baby steps
- Bring baby things into the house and make noises with them bottle, rattles, etc..
- Use baby scents - powders, oils, etc..
- It might seem a bit extreme but get a life-like - once that makes sounds and wiggles. Very slowly, get the dog use to it. Treat it like a real baby.
- If your dog has any sensitve body areas (like feet, tail, ears), start working on desensitization very slowly. Toddlers are going to be touching the dog everywhere (so remember supervision)
Animal Education Links - Go to item 2 - Resources. It has children's books. Can be used when the child is older but also can be used for the parent to teach the child about how to safefly live with pets - i.e. don't bother a dog when he's eating, etc..