Ok. Since i was here last alot of things have gone on. First, Im pregnant. =0) This brings about alot of problems. Elie and Digger are both attention hogs. If i pet one i have to pet the other. They are very jealous of eachother, the cats, and other people. How can i help them adjust for when the baby arrives? Im afraid that they might get over excited and accidentally hurt the baby. Or they might get jealous of the baby and hurt it intentionally.
Congradulations! thats so exciting! Im not an expert at this but when i brought my new baby home my dogs were very jealous because i was paying a lot of attention to the new baby, you should just try to introduce them gradually and see how things go. Everything eventually worked out with my dogs and the new baby. i hope the same goes for you. just make sure you pay as much attention to your dogs as you can (everyone knows that taking care of a baby takes up a lot of time) so just try to play with your dogs and give them attention whenever you have time. Just my oppinion. Good luck with everything! :)
i'd start now cutting back on the attention you give the dogs, so they will be better prepared for less attention when the baby comes. socialize them around kids and babies. get a really good "leave it" command. try to teach them to not touch any food in a human's hands for when the baby is walking around with crackers or something. only pet one at a time now, don't put up with the jealousy thing. there is a book called "childproofing your dog" that i think is really good. it may be at the library, or it's pretty small, so not too expensive, and in paperback.
They are about 9 moths now. They will be about a year and a half wen the baby arrives.
As for kids. They havent been around to many. They have seen them at the dog park but they dont have much to do with them. My friend has a 2yr old son and she has the doggy play group at her house sometimes. Elie doesnt really have a problem with the baby. Digger on the other hand is very unsure. If teh baby goes near him Digger freaks out and starts barking. He stopped going over because i was afraid he might bite the baby if it touched him. If you startle him he will nip you.
I will have to look into that book.
As for cutting back on the attention. I live alone. I work out of my home. Elie and Digger basically go everywhere and do everything with me. I had to get a bigger bed after getting them because they took up so much of it at night. Lol. Its going to be hard to get away from them.
Congratulations!! What a wonderful blessing you'll be adding to your family. Now, for your dogs. Get a baby doll...a life size one and if possible, one that makes the crying noises. Let them see the baby...even put baby powder on it..let them smell it...one thing that dogs hate is the whales of a crying baby, so it's important that they hear this. Your pups are still pretty young and should be able to adjust to this with no problem. If they try to fight for your attention, while you're holding the baby (fake) make sure to correct them right on the spot, but also keep showing them the doll. Get on the floor and play with babydoll....but like I said, it's important to get one that makes noises (or have a friend record her real life baby and give you the tape). Then once real baby comes...and becomes a toddler, you can give her the babydoll and explain to her what you had to go through! Good luck with everything and get as much sleep as you can now!!
Not to mention, if you're a first time Mom (which I assume you are, since your pups aren't used to kids) playing with the baby will give you lots of practice too...lol Only a babydoll is predictable...a real one is not!
for cutting back attention you can pay less attention to them when you are at home- the talking, scratching, play, etc. going to be hard to do, i'll talk to my dogs about anything. taking them wherever you go is good for the socialization part. just being there without paying attention to them works for this, rather than getting away from them.
***Edited By: pearl on 1/26/2005 6:04:09 PM*** Reason: x
a friend of mine had a baby after she had two dogs already established in a home with no children. her pyrenees did not like the daughter at all. he would protect her from any person who would go near her but if she even crawled in the room he was in he would start growling at her. my friend was almost ready to get rid of him over it. luckily she is a very strong willed person and boomer just had to learn to get along with her daughter. it took alot of her time to get boomer adjusted to having a baby in the house. maybe after you give birth have your husband come home with stuff the baby wore in the hospital so the dogs get a little used to the scent before hand? when i first had my son we had one dog who wasnt raisd around children, and my husbands dog who was a fear biter around kids. both of them just stayed as far away from our son as possible . so we completely lucked out.
Im not married. While i am in the hospital Elie and Digger will be staying with a friend of mine. I guess the comcept would work the same. Do you think it would help if i slept with a baby blanket and i brought the baby home wrap it in it? So the baby would have my scent on it. Does that even make sense?
Well i cant get rid of the baby and im not getting rid of either of them. They will just have to deal with it. I just want them to get off on the right foot.