Having a baby and a dog is an interesting combination. Maybe you've had your dog for a long time before you decided it was time to introduce a baby into your family. Bringing a baby into the world creates its own unique challenges, but bringing a baby into your dog's life creates a different kind of challenge. Your dog has possibly gone on countless walks or runs with you, and now you need to introduce your dog to a baby stroller without tumbling over it yourself, tipping it over, or having your dog's leash become entangled in the wheels. This can be mastered with a little bit of practice. Training your dog how to walk or run with a baby stroller is not incredibly difficult, but necessary before you take your baby and your dog out together.
The most important thing to try to do before baby arrives is to take the dog on a walk with the stroller without the baby in it. If this is not possible, try to have someone else train your dog with the stroller a few times or at least watch the baby while you go out with your dog and the stroller to get your dog used to the motion of the stroller and you used to how the leash will work while you control the dog and the stroller at the same time. This is just a matter of practice. But remember it's best to practice without the baby in the stroller. Have some patience and be prepared with a few walks under your belt before bringing baby and dog on walks together. Be sure you give your dog lots of opportunities to sniff and get used to the stroller. Once baby is here, place the baby in the stroller and let your dog sniff the stroller with the baby in it before you take the dog out for a walk with the baby in the stroller.
To get started on training your dog to walk with the baby stroller, you are obviously going to need a stroller. You do not need a baby just yet, but if you have a baby you can let your dog sniff the baby while he's in the stroller before you all go for walks together. Or you can include a baby blanket or clothes that smell like your baby in the stroller while you take your dog for his first few walks.
Be sure to bring lots of treats on your walks with your dog as you do this training. Be prepared for your first walks to be slow. And be sure you have the right harness and leash for your dog's size and strength. Never attach a leash to the stroller. And be sure you are aware of where the leash is relative to the baby stroller's wheels. To do this well, your dog should have basic obedience training down as well as 'leave it' and 'heel' so he understands he cannot take off chasing after a rabbit, dragging you and the baby behind him.