Post # 1
We are having our first baby in the beginning of June, and we have three dogs – two yorkies and a goofy shiba inu/beagle/golden mix. We’ve observed all three of them around friends’ babies of all stages. One yorkie and the mutt are fine, but my other yorkie is REALLY on edge around babies, and barks when they cry. She isn’t aggressive at all, but you can just tell they aren’t her cup of tea. Its more of an annoyance or an anxiety trigger. What can we do to get her more comfortable and ready? I want it to be a smooth transition for her and all our dogs! I will never expect her to be some kid-loving Lassie type but I’d like her to be happy and comfortable in her own home 🙂
Post # 3
I suggest seeing if any dog trainers around you have a “Dogs & Storks” class.
Post # 4
I would do some research online. I know there are multiple articles regarding this topic.
Something I would recommend, while you are still in the hospital, have someone bring something home that smells like baby so that the dogs can get use to the smell (blanket, cap, etc).
Post # 5
For your dog with anxiety I would suggest trying some training. Any behavioral issues your dog has now will just be heightened once the baby arrives. I have had both of my dogs go through training and a refresher CGC class right before we got pregnant. I also took my younger dog to a class for her anxiety. I do put on cartoons every morning to get them used to seeing them on tv (one of my dogs used to bark at the television).
I agree with alaydelette about the blanket from the hospital but you need to start preparing before that. Try to set up furniture, toys boxes, swings, etc. (basically anything new to the house in advance) let the dogs explore these new items. Give them treats when they behave correctly and talk about the baby so little by little the associate changes with the baby. Sit in the nursery with the dogs and enjoy some quiet time, basically get them used to new things.
I am not a big fan of putting gates all around your house and keeping the baby off limits, this will cause your dogs to feel isolated and instead lash out. I also wouldn’t leave your dogs unsupervised with the baby. But when the baby comes there is nothing wrong with your dogs sitting around you or by your feet when you feed the baby. Make sure they feel included and still get mommy time when the baby is sleeping.