Preparing Dogs for Babies

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Registered: 11-05-2006
Preparing Dogs for Babies
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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 3:53pm

Hi, I have 2 small dogs and I want to make sure that they will adjust well to the new addition.

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Registered: 08-30-2007
Mon, 10-08-2007 - 1:07am

after u have ur lil one have someone bring home a blanket u used on ur new bundle of joy and let your dogs smell it


we have a chihuahua and was told to try that if they act aggressive towards the blanket u may have a jealousy problem if they dont u should be fine


good luck keep us posted

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Registered: 08-02-2006
Wed, 10-17-2007 - 11:49pm

Just don't do what I did! I left a recording of a baby crying on sometimes in an effort to get them used to some "baby noise." Little did I realize that my neighbors would call the cops thinking that I had given birth and knock out my screened porch and door so they could get into my place.
Other than that, the noise really did seem to help! I have two cats and a dog and they really seem to realize that the baby is something fragile and special. I do feel sad that our dog does not get the attention that she used to--she used to be our baby. But now Aurora is in love with her and trying to play with her. Things are starting to come full circle!

Good Luck,
Kristy
Aurora Claire (10/29/06)

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Thu, 10-18-2007 - 12:15am

I am in the same boat. Except my dog is about 35lbs... I have heard it all...keep him on a leash for the first week and the other one is bring home a blanket first. BUT seriously, do you think bringing home a blanket is gonna make a big dif? It's not like doggie knows that is the babys. He will realize the smell once he meets baby but i dont think it will make a difference if he is aggressive or not. The main thing I am going to do is not try to make my dog feel like he is less of my pet. While i breastfeed i am going to have him around, and pet him. My dog will still sleep with me... You are going to just have to find time so your dog knows that u still love him!! I think when they get mean is when they feel they are being threatened by the baby. They just have to except the babies position in the "pack". Most dogs adjust well... I've never heard anyone having any real problems. I think if I do have any it will be the fact that my dog has his own space... a cage, where he sleeps and eats his bones and when baby gets older i cant have him going around it because since it's my dogs area he is strange about it.

Also, i have already been preparing my dog. When he licks, i say NO LICKS. He has stopped licking when I say this... when he jumps on any1, i say down or sit and he stays. I have also been repeating the word calm when he gets too excited and he has realized if he is calm he gets a treat. I was really worried about this because my dog is my baby... i think everything will be fine as long as the dog is prepared and baby grows up knowing his boundaries as well.


~samantha

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Registered: 11-23-2006
Thu, 10-18-2007 - 1:26pm

We just had our first baby August 2nd. I was equally worried about our dog Scout as he was very much received most of our attention. The one thing I recommend you do now is to think about any behaviors you want to change about your dogs. And to change them now. So if they jump up or get underfoot or bark, then work on them now. Not only willit make life less stressful once the baby comes, but the last thing you want is your dogs to veiw the baby as the reason they are no longer allowed to act that way. Another thing is that if they have certain priveledges like being up on furniture, or riding freely in the car that you think you might change then do it now. Before we had Meri, Scout was allowed free reign of the entire back of our suv. We knew that would need to change, so we installed the divider in our suv when I was only 2 months pregnant. So he had plenty of time to get used to it and honestly I think he likes it better this way. Another thing we changed was that if he wanted to get up on our bed we taught him that he cannot get up until he sits and then we invite him. This helped prevent any accidents should the baby be on the bed with us. Also another good one to do is to teach your dog to wait for you to go through the door to your house and then wait until you give them a command before they're allowed through. Not only does it teach them respect, but also prevents you from tripping on them with your arms full. Lastly, make sure you give your dogs a little one on one time each day. It will be an adjustment, but one that usually most dogs handle well if their people stay on top of things. Sorry that I went on and on, but everything is so fresh in my mind.


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Sun, 10-21-2007 - 12:49am

I agree w/ emilyscout. Change things slowly before the baby comes. I am a vet tech and a dog trainer so I hope my advice will help you. I got a CD with baby sounds on it to desensitize my guy to the noise before the baby comes. The key is to not play it too loud at first and never ever leave it on and leave your dog/cat alone!! The CD comes w/ a great instruction booklet, you have to get them from the UK but it's WELL worth it!! The web add is www.soundtherapyforpets.com. Also do have dad bring a blanket home from the hosp. the smell before hand will help, he doesn't know it's from the baby, but he'll be more comfortable when you bring the baby home if it's not all 100% new.


I really rec the CD and make changes now then when baby comes home try to keep your doggies routine as close to normal as poss.


Goodluck!


Jen

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Sun, 10-21-2007 - 10:25pm
I WAS TOLD TO BRING A BLANKET HOME LET THE DOG SMELL IT AND ALSO PUT IT IN THE SWING SO THE DOG WILL GET USED TO THE MOTIONS. ALSO MAKE SURE YOUR DOG KNOWS THE BABY IS ALSO HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD BUT EVERYONE I KNOW THAT HAS DOGS SAID THERE DOGS WERE OVERPROTECTIVE OF THE BABY RATHER THEN AGRESSIVE TOWARDS IT.
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Wed, 10-24-2007 - 9:17pm

I love the picture!!

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Mon, 11-12-2007 - 11:21pm

Hi Everyone,


All of the information you gave sounds very useful.

Mandy