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Lifestyle : All About Babies and Toddlers Special Report
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Children who grow up with dogs have lower incidences of allergies. Photo: Simon Schluter Plan ahead Teach dogs -- and even cats -- basic commands such as sit and stay. Think about getting your dog used to a confined space (''crate training'') before baby arrives home. Do enjoyable things with pets and children. If pets have been allowed to stay indoors but parents wish to alter this arrangement before a baby arrives, plan in advance. Once old enough, get the kids to help with activities such as feeding, ball throwing and training. Teach children the basic principles of good pet ownership: for example, never let children interfere while animals are eating. Before having children, some couples trial the concept with a pet -- often a dog or cat. But what hap- pens to ''fur babies'' when the genu- ine article arrives? Pets sometimes react badly to change, but with planning and com- mon sense there is a good chance everyone, humans and animals, will get along as one happy family. Kersti Seksel, spokeswoman for the Australian Veterinary Associ- ation, says preparing pets for any change is critical but dispelling myths surrounding animals and children will save parents time. Seksel says people often believe baseless claims such as that cats will attempt to smother a sleeping baby or that dogs -- even animals that are up to date with worming treatments and in hygienic households -- will pass on all sorts of nasty germs to a newborn. ''It has actually been found that kids who grow up with animals, like dogs, have a lower incidence of aller- gies and even asthma,'' Seksel says. After dealing with the tall stories, couples should use the time before a baby arrives to make appropriate adjustments to a pet's usual routine or place in a household. If the room a dog or cat once slept in is set to become a nursery, parents should block off the pet's access to the room well before a baby comes home. Doing so not only gets the animal used to the idea, it will help them avoid competitive feelings. ''Make every effort to not just deal with your dog or cat when the baby isn't around,'' Seksel says. ''Doing nice things together -- like going for a walk with the dog and pram -- can help to build healthier all-round relationships.'' The sight, sound and smell of a newborn can be puzzling for pets, too. To make life less confusing, expectant parents can prepare an animal for what might lie ahead. Doing things such as carrying a baby doll, giving a dog a whiff of a soiled nappy or used baby clothes -- even getting pets to listen to recordings of a baby crying -- can pave the way for a smoother adjustment. Although some people may think such planning is over the top, the extra effort will not only assist anim- als, it can help manage parents' expectations, too. Despite all the attention a new baby's entrance to a household brings, the toddler stage should not be underestimated. As children start exploring the world, it's worth investing time and energy in properly house training dogs (sometimes in the form of ''crate'' training) and making sure there are lots of high places for cats to retreat to. Each parent will have their own view on how to best manage the dynamic between pets and children but a rule not open to interpretation is that kids under the age of 10 should never be left alone with animals. ''It's just common sense really,'' Seksel says. ''It's also important to not forget that dogs and cats have feelings and that they are members of a family as well.'' TAFE NSW is offering a day-long course next year to help new parents prepare for and manage dogs after the arrival of baby. For further informa- tion, contact Bankstown TAFE. 4 BABIES & TODDLERS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD
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