My wife is 7 months pregnant and we have a 9 month old Australian Shepherd. She is a wonderfull pup, she is great with children, dosent play rough, very obedient, great dog. My question is with the baby coming in two months, I was wondering if any of you could give me some ideas to make it easy for Jade(the pup) when we bring the baby home. Some friends have told me to bring home the swaddling blanket home from the hospital a day or two early to let Jade smell it and get used to the sent.
I was just wondering if anyone else had any suggestions to make the experience a good one! Thanks for any help that you can give!
I just had a baby 4 months ago and I took a baby basic class and they suggested the same thing with any dog puppy or adult. To bring home a blanket or piece of clothing from the baby and let them smell it to get use to the baby's scent and that way they won't be so scared of the baby.
Thanks for the reply and the congrats. We are very excited, I just want this to work more than anything. I think it will, I was just afraid Jade will go kind of crazy when we firts bring the baby from the hospital.
You need to establish ground rules right now that will take place when the baby gets here. For example, don't let the dog into the baby's room whenever she wants. That's the baby's room, not hers. Shut the door and keep it closed, she can go in there with you, but only when you give her permission.
Is the dog allowed on furniture, or allowed to sleep in the bed? Make her sleep on the floor, and limit her jumping on the furniture, or into your lap (as the case may be). That will soon be the babys area.
I say start this immediately, because the chang will be far rougher on the dog if you start these changes after the baby has already arrived