Does anyone have any recommendations on how to introduce a pug to a new baby? My husband and I are expecting our first child this year and are worried about how our 4 year old pug will react. Thanks in advance!
Yikes, I've never dealt with this. I would think introduce your pug to small children now. The first time my 1 year old saw a toddler walking his way, it scared the you know what out of him. He had never seen such a small huma before. He jumped back looked for awhile then realized it would not harm him. Then he went up to see her. It was fine. But get him used to babies. I am guessing he will possibly be very protective of the new baby. Make sure you give him alot of attetnion. Make him still feel a part of the family. My brother got a pug puppy when his baby was about 6 months old. I will be seeing them this weekend. I see how they are together.
A lot of dogs get really out of whack when new babies are added tot he family. After all, for all this time the dog has been made the center of attention, and suddenly he's more ignored than ever of this new addition to the family. I guess really it depends on how much you spoil your dog. THere's a few things that you need to start doing. First off, you need to start treating your dog like a dog, if you aren't already. That means he can't get up on the furniture, the bed especially and the couch especially. Give him his own bed to sleep in if he doesn't have one. If you already know what room is going to be the baby's room, start enforcing the rules regarding that room. The dog should not be allowed in that room at all unless one of you permits him to come in. Put a child gate up so he knows that it is off limits. Many times, a dog will 'mark' the babies room with urine or poop, often right under the bed! The reasoning for all of this behavior is that dogs are social creatures. Some dogs think that they are dominant, some aren't. The big thing is that in the wild, an older dog is always dominant over a puppy. But of course, these are house dogs and you want your dog to realize that *any* human in your family, be it baby or grownup, is dominant over the dog. Enforcing rules like keeping the dog off the bed/couch/etc will help this. If the dog is allowed on the furniture, and of course the baby is, the dog may feel the need to exercise his dominance over the baby or feel even more jealous. This has been *his* place thank you very much and no upstart baby is going to take it. So you take those liberties away from him before the baby is even born so he is used to it. I am not saying that you need to neglect your dog, or anything like that. In fact, when the baby comes you will need to try to pay a lot of attention to the dog so he knows he is still loved and wanted too. But let's be honest, babies do take a lot of time and despite our best efforts it's hard to give the dog the same amount of attention he recieved before the baby got here. If you alter things right now, the adjustment will not be nearly as hard on the dog or on you.
I've also heard of people "poofing" baby powder in the air, to get the dog ready for baby smells. Perhaps playing a tape of baby talk (not quite sure if they are available) and getting him ready for different sounds and smells that a baby will bring into the house. That way, your dog will be accustomed to the smells and sounds and may not feel as a "new dog" has been brought in.
When I had my first child I had a very spoiled Samoyed. I was kind of scared of how she would react. My then husband got down on the floor with the baby in his arms and let the dog sniff her. She smelled around her and we petted her and gave her extra attention and she was fine. As a manner of fact she was very protective of her. I also have a pug that's four but my children are older. I think you'll be ok, just make sure that you keep a close eye out, on both of them. The above suggestions sound good too. Good luck with the baby and the pug.
You definately need to introduce the dog to small children now. Take it to a park or something. Probably the best thing you can do is in the couple of days after the baby is born and is still in the hospital. Buy a couple of extra blankets and be sure to wrap teh baby in them when you hold it. Before you bring the baby home, send someone, preferably your husband or someone that knows the dog well, and introduce the blankets with the baby smell on it. If he the dog tries to bite at or chew on the blanket punish it like you would for doing any unwanted activity.