How many people recommended bringing the baby blanket, baby hat, or your baby’s onesie home for your dog to smell as a way of introducing your dog to your baby? Probably many, am I right?
As a trainer who taught scent detection classes and competed in scent detection, here's my take on it. To start, there are a multitude of smells being brought home on that item in addition to the baby’s scent:
While your dog will detect the baby smell on the blanket, it will be one of many scents.
Your dog is exposed to new smells every day. Every time we bring new items into the house - groceries, new items we purchased, anytime we come from being somewhere else, we bring new smells. Dogs learn that smells don't matter unless they already have a strong association with a particular smell.
There's no harm in bringing the baby blankie home and offering your dog lots of love and a treat right after they smell it. Just know that ONE exposure is not going to make much difference. It's okay if you missed it or want to skip it!
When would it make sense to use baby’s items to introduce their scent to your dog?
How do you create a positive association with your baby's scent?
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