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I'm afraid this is my first. I have a cairn terrier mix (I think he's full blooded, but got him from a shelter so there's no paperwork), and I wonder the same thing. He's been a little extra lovey and has been trying to sleep next to me at night. He's a really calm dog for the most part and I've had him around kids and he does fine, I just don't know what he's going to do when there's a tiny human living in the same house.
I've had my golden for almost three years, so she was around me while pregnant with my son, and did beautifully when I brought him home from the hospital. I made sure she had something that smelled like him, and I introduced her to him slowly and gently. She is a wonderful dog, so I wasn't really worried. She's been the best little "nanny dog" I know! She follows him around, goes to him when he cries, lets him tug on her ears, you name it!
It's actually my SO's dog that I'm worried about. She adapted okay to Liam (my son), but she wasn't around for me when I was pregnant with him, nor was she around for the itty bitty version of him. I don't know how she'll do. She doesn't really have a gentle disposition like my dog, so ugh.
I have a golden doodle who is fiercely loyal and attached to my son. He latched on to my boy the day we got him and searches the house for him when I come home without him. I think my dog will do great with the baby. He's a little hyper and he jumps a lot, but I think he'll know how to act. He's such a wonderful dog.
Great question and good on you for getting ready early! When I was pregnant with my first child, Sara I used a book called Tell Your Dog You're Pregnant: An essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby. It was really helpful, dispelled a lot of myths and educated me on possible risk areas. It also came with a CD of sounds. Max (my fur child!) took some time to get used to the sounds but the book helped on how to do it. Maybe that will help someone else!
I also have a Cairn Terrier yay lol and I have a tea cup chihuahua...I'm actually not concerned at all about my pooches...I'm honestly more worried about my cats, one of them hates change so we're thinking about taking him to the vet to talk about anxiety meds and if they would be a good option for him.
My other cat is still a kitten and pretty hyper...bit worried about her jumping into the babies crib etc....ahhh hopefully she won't be so hyper by the time baby's here
I have a boxer pug mix who is almost 4. I got really lucky, the day we came home from the hospital he was so quiet and tiptoed around the house. He watched the babys every move for a few hours. Now ds loves watching the dog he finds him so funny.