When I help my 3-year-old get dressed in the morning, our new puppy gets super jealous. She will try to put her paws in my daughter's pant legs, and she'll jump up on me and attempt to shove my hands away with her nose. It's kinda funny, and kinda annoying, and also a bit concerning, because in about five months we will be welcoming another baby into our home, and I can only imagine how envious the family dog will be of all the attention I'll be giving the new addition.
Then, seeing that using his paws alone isn't going to get the job done, the dog uses his snout to push the grandma towards him and away from the baby. No, he will not be overlooked in favor of this human interloper!
I can only imagine our dog behaving the same way when our baby is born this fall. Of course, many pets feel somewhat slighted when a new baby arrives on the scene, especially if it's a first baby. But there are some things you can do to prepare your four-legged baby for the changes to come.
Of course, he'll always think he's the most important child in the family! But he may learn to make room for a little friend.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.