Just as couples prepare for their baby’s arrival by taking childbirth classes and by practicing their diapering, holding and feeding skills with a friend’s baby, there are ways to help a pet prepare for the new family member.
What: a workshop on preparing your furry family for the new arrival
When: Monday, July 9, 2018, 6-8pm
Where: The Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Rd, Jefferson, WI 53549
Cost: No formal fee, but we suggest a $5 donation to the Humane Society of Jefferson County to help cover the cost of materials and organizing this event.
Children reap deep benefits from growing up with a pet. Animals give unconditional love and are loyal companions, both of which help promote self-esteem and a sense of security.
They provide stability during periods of change, such as a move to another location or a divorce. And, under the supervision of a parent, children learn responsibility through chores such as feeding, grooming and walking pets.
Some parents have noticed improvement in an infant’s motor coordination as he/she crawls in pursuit of cats or dogs. The pets, who gain another playmate, can benefit, too.
We'll cover such topics as:
- Preparing your cat or dog for the arrival of a baby:
- Scent transfer activities
- Help pets get used to less attention/your attention being given to another person
- Changing routines a few weeks before the due date
- Creating a child-free area for the pet to use as a safe space
- Polishing obedience skills before you need them:
- Teach dogs how to greet politely, without jumping on people
- Teach cats how to interact gently with people
- Practice nail trimming for cats
- Teach/refresh leave it/drop it
- Work with your dog to be comfortable with people around food/toys
- Understand how your dog or cat may react to different developmental stages: moving, crying, floor play, crawling, walking, running
- Learn common stress signals in dogs and cats
- Understand how to respond appropriately when your dog or cat is stressed
- Plan to supervise carefully so that you can provide guidance for the child and the pet
- Where to turn for help:
- LMVC: Don’t be afraid to ask for advice
- Reliable websites and great books
- Professional behavioral help
This fun class is taught by Kaley Fuchs, CVT, and Mittsy Voiles, B.A., CPDT-KA. Students will have plenty of time for questions and discussion.