(Closed) How’d your dogs handle your new baby?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

He was fine at first, but when we moved and the baby came too, he started acting out with some seperation anxiety behaviors.  It’s getting better, but it requires two massive walks each day and lots of attention.  I think he’s afraid that we’ll forget about him because the baby is so important.  We’ll never forget about you, buddy!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

At first our dogs (both lab mutts) were somewhat weary of the baby.  They would hide in the bedroom when she cried, and they wouldn’t come near her at all.  Also, our younger dog, who also happens to be a bit of an attention monger, needed lots of extra love at the beginning.  He was very whiny, and he always wanted to be on the lap of whomever wasn’t holding the baby at the time (which isn’t easy because he’s like 45 pounds!).

Now, both of them have really warmed up to the baby.  They like to “check” on her in her crib during daytime naps, and they like to be right next to us when she’s crying, like they are trying to comfort her.  Also, Addie has become very interested in the dogs lately, so we’ve started letting her pet them and be closer to them in general. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Good question!  I’m interested to see what others have experienced.  One of my dogs I’m not worried about, but my oldest is a bit scared of kids and I worry about her.  Since I became pregnant she does the opposite of what many people say their dogs do – she wants nothing to do with me instead of being clingy.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ Pelikila – Our dogs didn’t behave like everyone else said they would when I was pregnant, either.  In fact, I’m pretty sure they didn’t even notice I was pregnant!  Anyway, after the initial adjustment period, everything has really settled down.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

My brother had a good experience with bringing his kids home with their dogs. He has 2 Boston Terriers. The older one actually used to sleep right outside of my niece’s door when they put her down, which I thought was adorable. The younger dog just loves to lick like crazy…so she always licks both my niece and nephew, and the babies actually loved it!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I am completely terrified on how my dog will react. He has been my baby for years and and when the baby comes, I know he will be a little unreceptive to the baby (he’s such an attention whore!). My dad says dogs and babies have to eb raised together…that makes me more nervous

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I’m also really worried about our dog + a baby. He’s pretty uninterested in babies-who-are-uninterested-in-him, but toddlers can freak him out if they want to love on him. Our main hope is that before this kid starts trying to get grabby with our dog, they will start dropping food on the floor, which is pretty much a surefire way of ensuring that my dog will love you forever and put up with whatever you want to do to him.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

My dog KNEW I was preggers.  And he was VERY attached.  When the baby was born, Darling Husband brought home the cap she wore when they handed her to me for the first time.  He let the dog smell it so he would be familiar with the smell.  The dog was rewarded with a small treat (Zeke’s) everytime he smelled but didn’t lick and every time he would smell the cap then sit properly.  He loved that game.

When the baby came home he smelled her, and was very excited, but not physical or anything, just really happy we were home.  We let him smell the baby and played the same game where he was rewarded for smelling only and sitting properly.  We continued to dole out treats until MB was a month old.  So the dog has learned to smell ONLY and to go near her and SIT if she cries.  He occasionally tries to lick her, and we say “uh uh” but we aren’t harsh about it.  As soon as he stops and walks away he is rewarded with “good boy” and a pet.  For us it was all about positive conditioning so he would learn that having the baby around means attention and treats for him too.

We used the same techniques to keep him off her blankets, toys, and out of the nursery.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

you could try to keep the dogs out of the baby’s room at first.  they’ll smell and hear the baby. and obviously will get acquainted with the baby when it’s sharing space with you present.  then you can gradually let the dogs have things near them on the couch or floor. like one of the baby’s toys or blankets.  it will give them an adjustment period where they can learn that the baby is just your new addition to their family.  

….my cousin had triplets and they were hospitalized for a month before they came home. so she and her husband would bring things home for their dog so he knew the smell of the girls before they actually were home so they weren’t strangers to him.  it worked like a charm. he loved those babies like they were his. super cute too.  he would protect them anytime a new person came to visit and meet the girls. lol

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