Hi everyone, My sister is having a baby in October and my parents and I are concerned about introducing the baby to the dogs (2 mini schnauzers, 6 years and 5 years). Since my sister and I are both living at home right now this is going to be a family effort! Does anyone have any advice on how to make this transition easier on everyone? I'm afraid the dogs aren't going to like the baby! Any advice appreciated!!! Thanks!!!
Start now... start telling the dogs that "this is your baby" and pat the belly. Let the dogs listen to your sisters belly if they want... they'll hear what's happening.
If you can get a recording of a baby crying (maybe from a movie)... play it for the dogs so that they get used to the sound.
When she has the baby - bring home something with the smell of the baby on it and let the dogs smell it... when they do - praise them. "That's the baby's blankie... good boy!" - give them a treat.
When you bring the baby home... let them smell the baby (while someone is holding the baby - and someone is watching the dogs carefully). Praise them for being easy. Anytime you transfer the baby from one person to the next - make sure to tell the dogs "It's ok _____ (name of the dogs)" They'll probably be protective.
Also make sure that the dogs get some one on one attention from all members of the family... this way they won't feel that it's a competition for attention.
My dogs were very good with my son. The most important thing really is to talk to them about "their baby" in the same tone that you would say "wanna go for a walk?" They'll learn that the baby is a good thing.
I have a 3 week old at home with 4 dogs. they have not met yet. This is why I ask, first my dogs know the baby is a big deal...my dogs do not get jealous...first i play with them as does my wife, alone one at a time. it does not need to be long. they dogs are allowed into the house at night and we might bring the baby out for a few moments. my dogs are learning the baby is no more than bachground noise ,nothing to worry about. I will not give my dogs the chance to fail here.
I see your point - like I said - what I explained is what we did... and it worked. But our dogs had always enjoyed "lounging time" in the family room in the evening with us and I knew that the baby would be a part of that.
I never once allowed the dogs to be left alone with the baby in the same room... I agree, you do not allow them to fail.