"When we have a major event happening in our family, we must include our family pets and assist them with the event."
With sadness I read in the Sydney Morning Herald about a baby-girl that was attacked by the family dog during the night. It is such a terrible experience for the baby and the parents. AND very sad for the dog as I know the attack could have been prevented.
It appears the dog was not informed about the baby, where the baby fits in the family and how this may affect the dog. The family may not have prepared and assisted the dog with this major change in the family dynamics. As a result, the dog would have felt that his/her place was taken over by the baby and hence made the dog feel jealous, considered the baby as competition and resorted to the attack. In this terrible event, prior to the arrival of the baby, a conversation with the dog could have prevented the dog becoming jealous of the baby and attack her.
The dog cannot be fully blamed for this event, and hence I pray for the dog to remain with the family and wish for the right people to help the dog. It was merely a lack of communication with and consideration of the dog. Any change in our family; whether we go on a holiday, have a new addition to the family (baby or new pet), going to work, out for dinner, etc. No matter what happens, it is so important to always talk to your pets. Let them know what you are going to do, how long for, what is happening, and when. Prepare your pets as much as you can so they understand their role in the family and most likely, prevent any behavioural changes. And YES, pets can hear you, feel your energy and observe your body language to understand what you are saying.
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