(Closed) Tips on re-training your dog before baby…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  this isn’t all that helpful and there’s no way to tell if your dog will do the same, but before DD was born, our pup would try and go after her toys even though we said no. Since DD has come home she doesn’t. she sniffs them and then walks away. I think now she realizes that the ones with baby smell on them aren’t hers perhaps? Hopefully your pup will be the same way!


Post # 3
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

LOL our shih tzu thinks everything stuffed in any way is for him too. He doesn’t seem to have learned that my nephews toys are his via scent but hopefully he figures it out when baby comes. Luckily he doesn’t actually rip anything up like yours, he just likes to squeek them. 

Post # 4
9000 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Dogs are pretty dumb. You’re asking her to think and feel like a human. Truthfully, there is no way she will be able to distinguish “Her toys” from “Baby toys.” Everything in the house smells like you two and the dog. Eventually, everything will smell like you two, the dog and a baby. Even “her toys” will smell like that, further adding to the confusion.<br /><br />This isn’t something you’ll be able to train out of her, and I know that’s something you didn’t want to hear, but dogs simply aren’t capable of saying, “This fuzzy toy is my toy. That fuzzy toy is not my toy.” Dogs just see “Fuzzy toy. I like fuzzy toy. I will eat fuzzy toy.”

Post # 5
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yep, I agree.  Very difficult for the dog to differentiate.  Pretty much your best bet is to keep toys you don’t want him to have out of reach, shut the nursery door when you’re not home, teach doggy to stay out of nursery unless invited when the door is open.  And work on a good drop it and leave it for when he does get a hold of something he shouldn’t. 

Post # 7
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another thing, which might be a long shot, is to completely re-train the dog into what is a “toy”  Get rid of all the dog’s stuffed animal toys currently and introduce new hard toys to the dog.  Then basic training techniques apply, positive reinforcement when the dog is playing with a new toy and a stern “No” when the dog gets at a stuffed animal belonging to baby.  Then the dog could possibly learn that all stuffed animals are off limits now.  Not sure if you’d want to do that, but it’s another possibility.  

Post # 9
2842 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Is there a door to the nursery or is a baby gate the only option? We shut the doors to the no-dog rooms in our house, like our bathroom doors (our dog’s favorite snack is bathroom trash, YUCK).

But I do agree with NowMrsS:  about retraining the dog. Our dog LOVES to destroy stuffed animals and will eat the stuffing. That’s not good for him, so we haven’t let him play with anything like that. We found out that a great replacement are the soft plastic squeaky toys. 

Post # 10
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Ive read that a small drop off Listerine on baby toys helps train the dog between what is theirs and what they shouldn’t play with. The book child proofing your dog had a bunch of tips about dog training tips when bringing home a new baby, I found it more useful than other baby/dog books.

Post # 11
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My pit used to destroy…well anything.  Baby toys and dog toys tend to have the same sounds…crinkly, squeaky, etc.  At first the pit would want to play with/destroy the toys but we told him no and pointed him to his toys.  We tried to keep them out of reach.  He sometimes slipped up, pull something off of the counter and would chew things like her batman little people wheelie but the others he’s left alone.  <br /><br />Now he is perfectly fine.  We don’t pick up her toys and he doesnt mess with them.  In fact he’s kinda gone to the opposite end of the spectrum.  He’s possessive of the baby (we are working on it) and her things.  We have another dog.  If the other dog gets near her toys it’s game over.  He attacks the other animals in the house.  We’ve had to rehome one little dog and keep him apart from the other.  I had no way of knowing the pit would decide that it was his duty to be mega guardian to the baby as soon as she got home.<br /><br />I do think you have a shot at training your dog but it depends on their personality.  You dont know yet how your dog will take to the new baby.  Your dog may see the baby as competition and try to get the toys from baby.  Or you could have a dog like mine that is protective of baby and her things.  <br /><br />As far as keeping the dog out of baby’s room, is there a way for you to block off full access to your home?  I put up a gate at the bottom of the stairs early in my pregnancy.  The dogs got used to no longer being allowed upstairs.  After we had a couple of chewing incidents, they got blocked off to the kitchen only.  As they were able to behave, we allowed them more freedom.  Limiting your dogs freedom and setting bounderies now is a lot easier than once the baby arrives!!

Post # 13
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t concern myself quite yet with “when baby is older”. Start with training the dog to drop it. Maybe get a few cheap baby or non dog toys and use those to teach her what is and is not hers. I don’t actually agree with dogs not knowing the difference between their toys and other dogs or humans toys, I absolutely do think they know. It’s a matter of wether they care, are willing to listen, understand it long term, etc which are all dependant on the dog and it’s personality.

You may or may not be able to train and teach the dog the difference between her toys and the baby toys. But it’s a start! If it doesn’t work… you will probably just have to keep an eye on the dog and toys.

Post # 14
3672 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Train the dog in the same way that you would train him not to chew your shoes, socks, and ect. 

Train your dog to drop and leave a toy when you ask

Train the dog to not go in the nursery at all 

I agree that dogs won’t know what is theirs, yours, and babies on their own but they can be told which is which. My pup has her toys and I have my panda collection (which includes some toy like items). She learned early on that Moms stuff was off limits so now I can leave my things without worry. 

How good is your dog when left alone? Does the dog still respect your rules when you are not around to enforce them? Like a child you need your dog to understand that you are the parent and that they need to follow the rules. 

Listerine and other smell training never worked for me but it must work for someone! 

Best of luck 🙂 

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