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TV3’s Glenda Gilson shares adorable baby bump snap as she launches Be Dog Smart Week with dog Yazzy

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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 Trust’s Be Dog Smart Week.

The mum-to-be was at the rehoming shelter in Finglas today for the event – which runs from August 27 to 31 – and aims to educate expectant and new parents with tips on how to help their dog and baby cohabit safely and harmoniously.

Glenda and Yazzy are gearing up for the new arrival

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Glenda and Yazzy are gearing up for the new arrival

The model posted an adorable snap of Yazzy staring at her baby bump and said: “Yes Yazzy there’s a baby in there & will rock your world when he/she arrives.

“Thanks to @dogstrust_ire & their #BeDogSmart campaign for their tips and tricks… we are now prepared, aren’t we Yazz?”

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 doesn’t have to mean giving up your dog and preparation is key to introducing your family dog to your new arrival.

DogsTrust tips to prepare for a new arrival

  • Familiarise your dog with baby products. Allow them to sniff and inspect buggies, car-seats, blankets, baby clothing, changing bag, wipes etc.
  • Set ground rules and ‘out of bounds’ zones – e.g. put baby gates up BEFORE baby arrives to avoid any negative association with the baby. The earlier you begin this training the better.
  • Bring your dog for a health check up. It is good practice and peace of mind to make sure your dog has a clean bill of health and is up-to-date with vaccines, worm and flea treatments.
  • Allow your dog to become familiar with the sound of a crying baby – Introduce a lifelike doll into the family or play baby sounds.
  • Train your dog in basic commands such as “sit”, “stay” and “leave it”.
  • Bring home a blanket from hospital with the baby’s smell to your dog before baby arrives home.

Glenda said at the launch: “After launching the Be Dog Smart campaign for Dogs Trust last year, I’m 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.

“It’s so important to educate people on how to introduce a new baby to their family dog so that they don’t feel like they have to say goodbye to their beloved pet when their little one comes along.”

Presenter Glenda Gilson cuddling her beautiful dog Yazzy

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Presenter Glenda Gilson cuddling her beautiful dog Yazzy

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.

Fiona Gregan, Education and Community Manager at Dogs Trust said: “Bringing 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.

“We hope by offering free workshops as part of our Be Dog Smart Campaign, we can help put expectant parents’ minds more at ease about the introduction of dog and baby.

“Supervision is, of course, key and we advise that children and dogs are never left together unattended.”


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