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We didn't have Libby (our 2 year old dog) when the other three were born. Someone asked me the other day what we were going to do to prepare the dog for the baby. OK, I never thought I needed to do anything! She's a great dog with a big heart. She's a smaller dog and altough she's pretty active and sometimes a barker, I didn't think about "preparing" her for a new baby. We also have two 17 year old cats, but, they've been through this 3 times
Nope. I am sure she can smell the hormones,s o she knows somethings up. When you get home with the baby, I would just let her sniff it. She's young enough and if she's friendly I doubt it should be much of a problem. The other thing is that she's not an "only child" and already knows she isn't the center of the universe. I think it's those dogs that have problems. She'll still get plenty of attention from the boys, walked, etc.
I have a dog, she's a Pitt bull/Rhodesian ridgeback mix, she awesome with kids. Either way still is a good thing to prepare your dog for the new arrival. What we did was that dh brought home a blanket that Alex wore all day, so that the dog could smell it and get use to it. I also heard that when you bring the baby back have your dh bring the baby home while you go and say hi to the dog.
We have a chocolate lab and a shepherd/? mix. They both stay outside. I didn't do anything to prepare them. They've both been great though. We also have a cat. She's Haley's and she knows to stay away from Tyler.
What kind? we have a standard poodle, Sadie and a cat, Max
Did you do anything to get ready for baby? Sadie knew something was up....I just kept saying things about the baby, she would often rest her head on my belly.
Mick brought home a blanket from the hospital that Katie used so her scent would be familiar.
We have two pit bulls and a Brussells Griffon (mop with legs). We had three pit bulls though when we brought Benjamin home. DH brought home stuff for them to smell every night and they were so excited. DH brought Benjamin in the house and I went in first alone because I was in the hospital for a while and they were super excited to see me and jumping all over me. When we brought Benjamin in they were VERY interested and over excited to meet him. Since they are BIG dogs we let them say hi but we held them and only let them say hi a little each day. They whinned and whinned and whinned to be with him but we only them see him when we were both there and one could hold Benjamin and one could hold the dog. It's not that we thought they would intentionally hurt him but they were so in love with him at first that we were afraid they would get over excited and hurt him by accident, especially our younger, bigger dog. They are totally fine, my younger male doesn't really care too much but my older female lives and breaths for Benjamin. She follows him everywhere and keeps watch of him. She has since he was born. She spent the first few weeks sitting beside his bassinet at all times. She is so sweet. It will be interesting to see how your dog reacts. They all reacted different and it was so neat to watch.