babies and dogs

Jasmine - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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i've had my dog, a cocker spaniel, since she was 2 months old. she's 5 now and i now have a 7 month old son. i really want coco, my dog, to be comfortable with him but he's just too young too understand how to be gentle and she pretty much avoids him at all costs. the problem is i want to spend time with them together so coco doesnt feel left out but she doesnt want to be around him at all. any advice on how to get a dog used to a baby?

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Ciera - posted on 08/07/2009

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just bring the baby arounddthe dog as much as possible even if they ar just in the same room not even close, then the dog will realize that the baby means no harm and if you pet the dog or give it a treat if it comes near and lays down becide the baby that way itwil notice" hey mayb if i lay right here they will keep giving me treats and im not even doing anything"

Toni - posted on 08/07/2009

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make sure you pay adaquate attention to your dog so they arent jealous of the baby- im sure you do- its just important so the dog doesnt see the baby as a rival for your attention. with my 1 yr old boxer, when we brought home our son - now 3 months- we encouraged her to sniff him, gave her a treat if sshe did, we always say to her " wheres your baby?" and she has gotten used to him that way, recently, when we were sure that she was fine and calm with him around.. we gently took his hand and helped him pet her, and she was so excited, then we praised her bc she let him and gave her a treat. shes doin well.. its just about associaating good things with the baby :). good luck

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I think you just have to let the dog come over when he's ready. Like another poster said if you force it the dog will be resentful. In a few months when your son understands how to be gentle then try again. Before you know it the dog and the baby will be inseparable.

Amanda - posted on 08/07/2009

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Take your son for a stroller ride while you walk your dog. Also dont froce the child on your dog, your dog will end up resenting you and the baby, just give them time they will get their groove.

Katarina - posted on 08/07/2009

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I did the same thing as Maria. But we also didn't change our routine with our Jack Russell. We just included our son as part of it. He's taken really well to him and seems to know when the baby is going to cry before I do. It just takes time and a lot of patients(sp). My son is only 4 months old so we haven't got to the "mean" stage yet, but I'm sure when we do I'll be asking the same question.

Maria - posted on 08/07/2009

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I am not sure if i will be any help but what i did with my dog is i gave him a piece of clothing that smells like the baby so that he got used to the smell. I also let him smell all of her stuff. However when she is crying, sometimes he will go and hide as well. I think that is normal.

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