dogs and new baby

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I have 2 dogs and am preg with my first child does anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare my dogs for this change?
The dogs are a rot/german shepard mix who is male and a pug/weiner dog mix who is a female they are inside/outside dogs and are very good tempered a little excited at times and both love attention... I know its a little late since I am due at the end of May but any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Michelle - posted on 04/23/2010

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I read some research on this myself when I was pregnant - and what we did is: when baby is born and the hospital puts a beanie cap on his head and swaddles him, the baby's scent will adhere to those fabrics... so whenever your husband heads back to the house (before you come home), have him take either the beanie or blanket with him and place it near the dogs food bowls or near their beds (these are both places they associate with happy/comforting feelings) and let them adjust to the baby's scent this way. The next step is, when you come home a couple of days later, have your husband hold the baby, and YOU walk in first, and immediately greet the dogs and give them some love (they haven't seen you in a few days and are probably missing you!), then when your husband walks in behind you with baby in arms, let the dogs sniff the baby from a safe distance and get to know him/her. If you immediately shoo the dogs away or tell them "no" every time they try to get close - they may feel resentful which will lead to worse problems (chewing up all the baby's belongings, or worse - feeling aggressive toward the baby, who is the "intruder!") So don't be afraid to let them get to know baby little by little and letting them foster their own bond!

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Adriana - posted on 04/26/2010

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we have a dobbie/shepard mix and he was our first baby and so we were worried as well.
Before my son was born we let our dog hang out in the baby's room and sniff everything. When brought the baby home we let the dog sniff and check him out and after about 2 weeks he got bored with the baby.One very important suggestion i can make and i know that it's hard is to try and make one on one time with your dogs. let the dogs sniff and even lick the baby that's how they show love. My son is now 4 and him and the dog are absolute pals, my 90 pound mutt wil let my son do anything to him, from laying on him to playing doctor and it's really nice to see.

Veronique - posted on 04/25/2010

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We have 2 dogs as well and when i was pregnant with my first daughter i was really worried that something might happen. I have 2 yorkies 1 male and 1 female. My husband wasn't at all worried because he said that they are very easy going dogs and he was right the female became very protective of my little girl and the male really didn't care if she was hear or not. The most important thing to do is to still spend quality time with the dogs. Play with them cuddle them make them feel like you haven't forgotten about them and they should be fine.
Good luck

Jen - posted on 04/23/2010

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We did the blanket thing and also another BIG thing was to put the baby carrier with baby in on the couch while the dogs were outside - when they came in, the FOUND the baby and it sort of became theirs vs. them seeing you bringing a strange little being in and being responsible for the change. They loved the baby and the one can be a little protective, so it was great that she embraced the change and found the baby!!

Gloria - posted on 04/23/2010

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Allot of people worry about this , but if they are members of your family you shouldnt have a problem , I had an overly hyper rescue dog who was never around babies , when our daughter was born no one even worried , And she did wonderful . German shephards are WONDERFUL family members and rotties are so protective over their new babies , you shouldnt worry , as somone else stated just bring home the blanket and let you k-9 kids smell it . Allot of ppl dont realize when they smell that blanket they smell pure you and daddy , When baby comes home it is however important for you to keep your dominance known , with any good family member the dogs will try and take over your role lol . allot of ppl think its just agression its not , its them placing themselves in the pack so its so important that you maintane dominance when you bring your baby home or they will turn it into a little doggy lol . But all in all , dogs usually do fine , dont worry at all and if you are go get a realistic or life size baby doll and practice . they will get it , youll see when baby comes home how excited they will be to see mommy finaly made a puppy lol. Good luck and congrats!

Victoria - posted on 04/22/2010

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I had two dogs when I brought my 1st baby home! I had my husband bring w blanket for each dog with the baby's sent on it so that way they knew her sent when we brought her home! I also walked her in the door instead of my husband! Let them check and sniff the baby! they are are just curious they wouldnt her the baby! dont yell at them when they are sniffing and checking the baby out! It will just make them resent the baby! Good luck! Congrats and best wishes!

Alison - posted on 04/22/2010

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get ur hubby to bring a blankie which the baby has used so they can smell treat them normal b positive and they r probly going to b more protective then u n ur hubby lol congrats omg its the best thing in the world

Erin - posted on 04/22/2010

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I think the blanket thing will really help. I have a 3 and a half year old pitbull who is awesome with my son. I had my son at home so there was no transition period for the dog, the baby was just here all of a sudden and he had no issues with it what so ever. Now they are the best of friends he lays on the floor and lets me son pull on his ears and "pet" him and attempt to put any part of him he can in his mouth, although I always stop that from happening, and he is really good with him. I let him smell the baby a lot after he was born so I think that helped a lot. Also whenever I nursed the baby I had the dog lay down next to me on the couch or where ever I was and pet him while the baby fed so he didn't feel neglected and I think that helped to. So good luck with your new little human puppy and your big puppies ;) They will probably love each other and you'll feel silly for worrying but it's good that you are concerned enough to care in the first place.

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I had two dogs when pregnant with our twin girls. Our dogs hated children. One of them would growl anytime a child came near (didn't matter how old). So my husband and I discussed, before the birth, what we would do if the dogs didn't get along with the babies or if they were aggressive. Once we were on the same page it made it a bit easier.



When the babies arrived we did not alienate the dogs. We let the dogs sniff them and sit with us when feeding the babies. One of my dogs used to sit beside me when I changed the diapers (I made her do this). The dogs came to recognize that the babies were part of their "pack" and not separate from them. This was important - the dogs needed to know that the babies were very important members of the pack. Anyway, neither dog was aggressive or jealous. The girls are 4 now and the dogs let them do anything to them. They still hate other kids though so letting your dog see other kids may not be the way to know if they will be good with yours.



One final note - never let your dogs (no matter how good they are) be alone with your child. We didn't let that happen until the girls were at least 2 yrs old. You just never know what they will do.



Hope that helps!

Jackie - posted on 04/22/2010

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oh and do not worry, this is a trusted site :) its a brilliant charity here in the Uk :)

Jackie - posted on 04/22/2010

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there was a good website for new babies and doggies. I am in the same pickle as you. My sister has an alsatian and although she wont hurt anyone, im still a bit weary that she might get a jealous streak. If you look at this web page, it does give you lots of information on how to get your doggies prepared for the big day :)

http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/b/babiesa...

Lisa - posted on 04/22/2010

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our dog was our baby or 5 years before i got pregnant, so we gradually reduced the amount of time we spent fussing over her so when the baby arrived she wouldn't be too jealous. We tried to get my sister in law to visit with her kids regularly too, so the dog got used to having kids in the house. The dog s now very protective of our daughter, but is still not too sure when baby tried to grab her fur!! so we don't leave the dog alone with the baby, but we haven't had any problems.

Tiffany - posted on 04/21/2010

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TRY NOT TO TREAT THE DOGS ANY DIFF THEY MIGHT HOLD A GRUNDGE ONE DAY! DO U HAVE ANY FRIENDS WITH BABYS? IF SO ASK TO BRING THEM OVER DO THEY DO GOOD WITH KIDS? DON NOCK THE DOGS OUT OF THE PIC IT THERE HOME TOO AND HOW WOULD U FEEL IF SOMEONE CAME HOME WITH SOMETHING THAT U COULD NOT SEE? REMBER ITS A BABY THAT MEANS LOVE BUT NEVER NEVER LEAVE THE BABY ALONE WITH A DOG!!! EVEN IF THE DOG DOES GREAT WITH THE BABY AND IS NOT MEAN NEVER LEAVE A BABY ALONE A DOG IS BIG AND COULD HURT IT EVEN IF THEY DONT WANT TO!

MAKE IT SLOW DONT PUSH THE BABY ON THE DOG IF THEY WANT TO NO WHAT U HAVE LET THEM SEE THE BABY! JUST STAY CLOSE GOOD LUCK AND HOPE U AND UR DOGS LOVE THE NEW BABE!

Brittiny - posted on 04/21/2010

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Something my hubby did when I had our youngest was bring home one of the baby's used blankets from the hospital (hey, who doesn't do it anyway...right?) to let our dog sniff and get used to. We made sure to let the baby lay on the blankie and to try and get both mine and baby's smell on it together. Topaz (our dog) was very interested when we got home and we let her do a bit of up close sniffing of the new baby. Also, when you have visitors at your house after baby arrives, be sure to ask your guests to pay some attention to the dogs, before they see the baby, not just to blow in and ignore them. Good luck! I'm sure your babe and the pups will be so in love with each other when the time comes.

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Thank you everyone! I appreciate the help , I can't wait to go through this... I baby sat a 1 yr or the other night and they just loved on him so much they got a little happy and scared him but just cuz they got excited when they settled down he just sat there and let them lick his feet it made me feel better, I hope if anyone else has more a advice or support I hear from you thanks again everyone

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Hi , We too had a rottie and everyone told us to get rid and not let it near our baby . Funnily though she had a phantom pregnancy when I was pregnant and thought our baby was hers. She slept next to the babies door and was the most proctective member of our family.
Like the other posts said don't change your routine but make sure they know that the baby ranks above them in the pack . Dogs do get jealous and the behavior dosen't go away on its' own .

Annemaree - posted on 04/19/2010

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weve been there too we were seriously worried abou nothing lol once the crib was up n the babies room was set up we allowed the dog to come n sniff everything out he knew b4 i did anyway he was always laying his head on my belly and wouldnt let me rough him up ,,, when bub finaly arrived first thing when u get home from the hospital is go say hi to the dogs then once theyve settled bring bub out for them to sniff we did this and our kids have only got to winge and the silly dog is by there side lickinjg n cuddling them better b4 i have a chance of getting there lol

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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We have 2 dogs as well. A Basenji Mix and a Border Collie. Both are girls. We didn't really have any problems with them. The BC would sleep by the crib before the baby was even born. It's almost like she knew! We only had a little bit of jealousy after the baby came home. They mainly would just look all pathetic. When we brought her home from the hospital we set the baby seat in the floor and one by one let the dogs sniff and investigate. It lets them know that there is a baby in the house. The more you shelter them away from the baby, the more curious and determined they will become. They're kinda like older siblings. Don't change their routine, just because there is a new baby in the house. I hope this helps! Good Luck and enjoy your new blessing! =)

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