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The RSPCA wants to help you introduce your newborn to your fur-baby

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By Livia Gamble

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While you’re excited about your new bundle of joy, your pet might not feel the same way.

The good people at RSPCA NSW have created an online training course to help new and expecting parents introduce their fur-baby to their newborn.

Adam Farrugia, RSPCA NSW Senior Manager – Training said, “As a leading animal welfare organisation, we have a wealth of knowledge here to share.”

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The newly launched course costs $15 and teaches parents how to:

  • understand dog body language
  • condition your dog to babies, and baby noises and equipment
  • train your dog
  • plan for the newborn stage
  • plan for the toddler stage
  • seek further assistance if needed.

First aid for pets

But that’s not all. We all learn first aid for our kids, so it makes sense to do the same for our pets. After all, they’re part of the family. 

RSPCA NSW also offers a basic (non-accredited) first aid course for your pets, so you can confidently recognise pet emergencies, common poisons in the home, snake bites, and ticks. There’s also an introduction to Aussie wildlife.

Learn how to introduce your fur baby to your newborn

Are you pregnant and not sure how to introduce your fur child to your new baby? Don’t worry we have you covered.Our training team have put together a new online course where we teach you: – Understanding dog body language- Conditioning your dog to babies, baby noises and equipment- Basic dog training- Household management- Planning for the newborn stage- Pets and toddlers- Seeking further assistanceYou can learn more about the course and how you can sign up here:

Posted by RSPCA NSW on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Not just for parents, Adam says these courses are available to everyone.

“These courses can be helpful to anyone – from professionals and students with careers in the vet sciences and animal welfare; pet owners and parents introducing pets to children; and community members seeking to grow their general knowledge and skills in interacting with and understanding animals.”

After completing a course, additional time to chat live to a trainer can also be purchased if parents want more information. 

To find out more, visit the RSPCA NSW website

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