dog is terrified of babies

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@ames12708:  Hmmm, I don’t know much about dogs at all, but have you ever tried one of those life like baby dolls around her? There is probably such thing as a class to teach dogs about babies too that you could maybe enroll her in. GL!

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Sugar bee

@ames12708:   My dog does not like kids. I’m not sure how he will feel about a baby. I have a plan & hope I can desensitize him a bit and that since it is my baby he will accept it into the pack. 

I started around 10 weeks (I’m just 12 now) by randomly playing a video of a baby crying LOUDLY. And I mean at 4 or 5 am when he is dead asleep. The first 2 times it startled him, but now he doesn’t acknowledge it. 

I plan to work A LOT on his basic obedience- sit, stay, down. I want him listening perfectly and immediately. I will also buy a baby doll and carry it around and keep him in a sit/stay near me and away from me. I will then have baby on the floor and work on a sit/stay. 

We will likely have our trainer out to make sure I haven’t missed anything. There are articles online that talk about how to introduce (something that smells like baby should be brought home to him, but he shouldn’t get free sniffing- sniff from a distance, then closer but not touching). Also, starting now the dog should not be allowed in baby’s room unless invited. 

good luck- I know it is stressful! Dogs are our babies, too!

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