Dog trainer offers tips to Duchess Catherine
A dog trainer has offered the Duchess of Cambridge tips on how to introduce her newborn Princess Charlotte to the royal family’s pup Lupo.
Justin Silver- the author of ‘The Language of Dogs’ – believes pups can end up feeling isolated when a new addition is brought into the household and claims the Duke and Duchess’ black cocker spaniel can be kept happy by following a few simple steps.
Justin said: “Don’t wait for the baby to get there to tell the dog not to jump on the bed anymore.
Most of the time, the biggest cause for a dog feeling isolated is if an owner doesn’t anticipate all the new rules the dog has to adjust to.
“Show the dog new objects like baby walkers or rattles. If you have a tape recording of a baby crying, that would be excellent. The goal is for the dog to associate these things in a non-threatening way.”
Justin also believes it’s important to involve the pup in the baby’s life and says Duchess Catherine, 33, could take Lupo along when it’s time to change Princess Charlotte’s nappy or for a simple stroll to help them to bond.
He told PEOPLE: “It bonds the family together. It also allows for exercise. Shared quiet time enhances the bonding process and teaches the dog to be calm around the baby. Make the dog mama’s little helper, within reason, of course.”
Another member of the royal family who will be getting used to the new addition is Princess Charlotte’s 22-month-old brother Prince George.
The young prince was spotted waving to the cameras as he made his way into the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday (02.05.14) to visit his new sibling for the first time.