The charity wants to highlight having a baby doesn’t have to mean giving up your dog
TV3 presenter Glenda Gilson posed for adorable snaps with her pooch Yazzy to launch Dogs Trustâs Be Dog Smart Week.
The mum-to-be was at the rehoming shelter in Finglas today for the event â which runs from August 27 to 31 â and aims to educate expectant and new parents with tips on how to help their dog and baby cohabit safely and harmoniously.
The model posted an adorable snap of Yazzy staring at her baby bump and said: âYes Yazzy thereâs a baby in there & will rock your world when he/she arrives.
âThanks to @dogstrust_ire & their #BeDogSmart campaign for their tips and tricksâŠ we are now prepared, arenât we Yazz?â
Over the last the past year Dogs Trust has received nearly 100 requests from expectant parents and almost 40 from new parents wanting to surrender their furry friends.
The charity wants to highlight, through their Be Dog Smart Week, that having a baby doesnât have to mean giving up your dog and preparation is key to introducing your family dog to your new arrival.
Glenda said at the launch: âAfter launching the Be Dog Smart campaign for Dogs Trust last year, Iâm thrilled to visit again, this time as an expectant mother myself, to help launch their Be Dog Smart Week, which will be focusing on antenatal preparation.
âItâs so important to educate people on how to introduce a new baby to their family dog so that they donât feel like they have to say goodbye to their beloved pet when their little one comes along.â
The Education and Community Team at Dogs Trust are offering free workshops in public venues, such as antenatal classes, shops, community centres, coffee mornings or libraries.
They are also offering workshops in their Rehoming Centre in Finglas.
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Fiona Gregan, Education and Community Manager at Dogs Trust said: âBringing a new baby into your home should be a pleasurable experience for both you and your dog, so the sooner you start to prepare your dog for the new arrival, the better.
âWe hope by offering free workshops as part of our Be Dog Smart Campaign, we can help put expectant parentsâ minds more at ease about the introduction of dog and baby.
âSupervision is, of course, key and we advise that children and dogs are never left together unattended.â