1. Practice Dog Obedience Training
Before you get too close to your due date, take the time to polish up your dog’s basic obedience skills, and if you’ve never done any basic training get to work right away. Your dog should be able to do a basic “sit,” hold a down-stay, understand a casual “wait” cue (which is less formal than a “stay” and just means to hold position and not surge forward), and a “place” cue (which is a way to send your dog to a specific spot, like his bed). Each cue is very helpful in making sure that your dog is not underfoot, and if you practice enough, can help with your dog’s impulse control.