I am very excited that a newborn human will be coming to live with us soon, but the other dogs and I have some questions and concerns. Up until this announcement, we have been honing our adult companionship skills. However, I am getting the feeling that the skills to be a newborn human’s companion are a little different. I have also been talking to other dogs with newborn experience and I am getting some mixed advice. Is playing tug with babies ok? What about sitting on them? Is it my job to protect them from the evil vacuum cleaner? Every dog seems to have an opinion. Then Fido at the park said that babies make scary noises at random points throughout the day. It’s all a little overwhelming and I could use help learning how to be a great newborn companion. Luckily, there is now a baby class designed specifically for experienced adult companion dogs like me who are looking to expand their companionship skills to include newborns. Nursery School for Dogs will help prepare me for the sounds that babies make and give me the opportunity to learn and practice my new baby friendly behaviors in a fun, supportive environment. Can we sign up? Can we? Can we? Please. Please. Please.
Greta and Penny
P.S. If you no longer have a baby at home and have a baby carrier, sling, bouncer, car seat, swing or a changing table you no longer have use for, our friends at the Richmond SPCA need these items for the Nursery School for Dogs class! If you are able to donate any of these items to be used in this class, it will help other expecting or new parents and their pups and will help the transition be much easier!
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