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Old 12-28-2017, 10:25 AM
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New baby, plus our fur babies introductions

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.
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First off, congrats. I am also going to start this off saying I have 0 first hand knowledge about this. Never had a child.

I've heard that it could be a good idea to play baby sounds (like youtube baby crying) and start CC'ing the dog to it. Start by playing it low and rewarding when the dog acknowledges but ignores. Step by step move the volume up to really loud. If a baby can cry and the dog not react that is 1 less thing you have to worry about. Also I've heard that once the baby is born have your husband bring home a blanket that smells like the baby so they can sniff it and associate the smell with a positive experience.
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I've heard that it could be a good idea to play baby sounds (like youtube baby crying) and start CC'ing the dog to it. Start by playing it low and rewarding when the dog acknowledges but ignores. Step by step move the volume up to really loud. If a baby can cry and the dog not react that is 1 less thing you have to worry about. Also I've heard that once the baby is born have your husband bring home a blanket that smells like the baby so they can sniff it and associate the smell with a positive experience.
This. We did just this when we brought our oldest child, now almost 5, home when our dog was 2 years old. It seemed to help. We gave her lots of praise for being calm around the baby, petting her while holding the baby, and giving her a place to go away from the baby if she felt like she needed to get away. She used to sleep on the rug in the baby's room during the baby's naps, and would actually come find me if the baby started crying - it was cute! But then, she's always liked kids.

Our youngest child was 3 months old when we adopted an 8 week old puppy. He was more work. From the beginning, we treated him for being calm around the baby (although he was way more interested in our older child who was almost 3 at the time), or gave him something yummy to gnaw on while the baby was screaming her head off (cuz she did...a lot), and worked hard on positive associations as well as appropriate interactions with both kids. After a while, he knew to lay down at the edge of her blanket if she was playing on the floor. They also have a solid "place" cue if I need them to settle down for a bit.

If I were to have another, I'd let each dog (I have 3 now) meet the baby one at a time because they still tend to rile each other up if they're all together. I'd let the oldest dog meet the baby first, and then my middle dog, and then the youngest. I'd let them have a sniff and offer treats and praise. That's just me, though.

My MIL stayed for 2 weeks after both kids, and it was a bit much and she didn't even have dogs, so I'd stay firm on that if you know it's going to be added stress.
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Thumbs up "Dogs & Storks" & 2 terrific books

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Congratulations! - U must be excited.

there may be some archived materiel from Dogs & Storks, Jennifer Shryock's original website, but i can't be sure.
Their new incarnation is Family Paws & they have a Facebook page, too.
If U want a one-to-one consult with a Dogs & Storks trainer, look for a local rep - they'll walk thru the house to help find hazards, locate a child-free area for the dog, suggest good spots for baby-gates & dog-gates, & so on, even B4 the baby arrives.
They'll also come after the baby is here, or if U have problems U aren't sure how to tackle with an older child.

https://www.familypaws.com/

Dogs and Storks Webinar Family Paws Parent Education

Jen had dozens of recorded tips & talks for expectant moms / pregnant couples & how to prepare the dog for a baby, plus up to & thru toddlerhood - the period from crawling to 4-YO is the most-likely time for dogs to panic & snap, as the formerly-sessile baby is crawling, wobbling, falling onto & over, & intruding into every corner of the house. // I'm not sure where her podcasts went.

There are also 2 wonderful books that i can heartily endorse -

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Kids-Do.../dp/1411672127

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Kids-D...dp/1933562129/


"Happy Kids" focuses on infancy to pre-school; "Living With..." goes all the way from pregnancy to teenagers.

- terry

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