Dogs are pack animals, it is so very important that you establish the correct pecking order for your dog. If it is not established early your dog will establish his own pecking order which can cause problems for your family.
It is wonderful to be affectionate with your dog. It is also very important to set boundaries. You must assert your rightful place as Alpha pack leader.
So many people, myself included, treat animals as if they are humans. Humanizing a pet can be a big mistake. This is cause for aggression and dog bites, especially in children.
In my experience, my belgian shepherd became very aggressive when I brought my daughter, Angel, home from the hospital. Dogs have a tendency to become territorial and jealous. From the family dog’s perspective, a newborn may appear to threaten the dog’s position in the family . Many dogs willingly accept a new addition to the family and may even become protective of this new “pup.” Shadow became very jealous and territorial. Unfortunately, Shadow was rehomed to a very nice older couple with no children.
There are ways to effectively prepare your pet for that new addition to your family.
Your entire family should be included in the training and care of your dog, including children. Children must also learn to behave in the correct manner. They must understand that dogs are not human and we can not treat them as they are.
In conclusion, dog parents and family members are the “leaders of the pack.” We set rules, boundaries and limitations. This will create a happy life for us and our pets.