families are concerned about how their PON may
react to a new baby and this is relevant with
mature PONS that have not had contact to infants
earlier in life. The following advice may serve
to help make the introduction easier and safer
for your new infant.
Prior to arriving home from a maternity stay in
the hospital, or during pregnancy, it is
sometimes beneficial to begin making lifestyle
changes so your PON can settle into their new
role more easily. Consider purchasing an
inexpensive doll that makes realistic baby like
sounds. Allow your PON to get used to the sounds
of an infant crying. Also, let your PON become
used to the smells of baby products and most
important, your PON get used to the idea that
your lap may not be theirs anymore. If your PON
has any behavior issues, deal with them now.
Behavior problems rarely are resolved on their
When arriving home from the hospital, it often
helps if your spouse can carry the new baby.
This allows your PON the opportunity to welcome
home the new mom. You strongly wish to avoid
creating a negative first impression with a
command to "get off" or "go away," during
this important initial meeting with the new
Make the first meeting of baby and PON positive
and calm. Ideally you want to create an
extremely positive association from the start.
You may also want to let your PON sniff a piece
of your new baby's clothing. Have a leash on
your PON as a safety precaution.
Families with new babies are usually busy. If
you do not have the time to exercise your PON,
ask a family member to help by giving the PON
Give your PON some quiet time. A crying baby
wakes up you, and wakes up your PON. Make sure
your PON gets sufficient sleep.
Never force contact. If your PON is hesitant,
seek professional help as soon as possible.
Always supervise your PON and your children.
Things PON owners should consider:
you haven't already taught your PON basic
obedience, you may want to consider doing that
now. Problems often emerge as your baby begins
crawling. You need to think and plan ahead.
When teaching "leave it." Consider using a word
like "mine". Mine is a common toddler word, and
in the future, you may be very glad that your
PON believes the word, "mine" means "leave it."
Put a jar of dog treats by your door and ask
the flow of company visiting your new baby to
take a moment to say, "hello" to your PON. This
makes it easy for your PON to feel special.
Keep both your baby and your PON safe.
Children's toys may not be safe for your PON and
dog toys may not be safe for your child. You
will need to pay attention to both.
Have a pleasant time. PONS and children can get
along well, with supervision and a little work.
If in doubt, get a certified professional in to
help you progress in the right direction.