I'm pregnant, and we have 2 large dogs. We've got about 4 1/2 more months to get them ready for the baby. This will be a new venture for both my husband and I as my daughter was already 11 when we introduced her to his dog Sasha, and I couldn't have a dog in my small apartment when my daughter was born.
We are setting up the nursery now, and keeping it off limits to both our dogs. I've let them both inspect every new thing coming in so they get used to everything.
Sasha is older, 13, and she's just now showing her age. She mostly hangs out with my teenage daughter lounging around. She does get cranky these days, and we're mostly worried about her. Her hearing isn't so good, and she's started to get cataracts in one of her eyes, so her sight is going too. My daughter usually is in her room with Sasha sleeping on her rug, so we're hoping keeping that routine will be good. It's really sad when dogs get old.
Baxter is just shy of 2 yrs old now, and he's still pretty trainable. We have taught him the important commands like going to his crate and laying down, stay, not to jump up unless asked to... etc etc... He's a little on the hyper side, but has mellowed out a lot in the past year. He only really has a short time at night where he's just been outside and likes to run around a separator wall in our living room. My husband and I call it his "poop energy".
Baxter's also a lot different than Sasha where she's basically a big cat. She's a very sophisticated dog that has never really played, just likes to lounge around close by, but also doesn't like to be petted too much. I think that's mostly the chow mix of her. Baxter loves people, loves to cuddle, give kisses. He almost falls over sometimes wiggling his butt when he greets us at the door.
Any tips on how to introduce a new baby to the house? Do you think it's a good idea to introduce the baby to each dog separately or together? We obviously want it to be the least stressful for everyone.
On another note, my MIL keeps bugging us about staying for 2 weeks after the baby is born. She has two really awful dogs that she's been making a huge fuss about not having to board them for 2 weeks. (We've already told her she couldn't stay and her dogs aren't welcome at our house anymore. They attack our dogs and pee all over the house - she has zero control over them.) This is pretty much a given that it's a really bad idea for her dogs in the house while our dogs are getting used to the new baby. I can't even imagine all the chaos.