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Help your dog feel the love for the new baby

Some dogs are easygoing and accept just about anything that comes their way. Then there are most of the other dogs on the planet. Here's one mom's dog story.
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I'm not a dog person. I'm so much more of a baby person. My best friend has a dog (a big dog) and he licks her baby's face and runs around and it makes me crazy.

Oddly, though, the two of them get on like great roommates.

Bella loves him and he adores her. But there were some heavy adjustments in the beginning and some still. If you have a dog, you can ease your pet into the idea of having a new baby around before you give birth.

Allow your pet to be in the same areas your baby will be spending a lot of time in — say the nursery and living room. However, if you haven't already, start to make sure he's not jumping up on furniture because he could knock over something with your baby on it or knock something onto your baby.

If your dog is super calm in the nursery, give him tons of love and rewards.

I've read that you can get a baby doll that cries to get your dog used to you carrying something new around but that sounds very odd to me. Still, I have heard that it can help.

If your baby is born at home, keep your dog out of the area until after the birth and then take out a blanket that smells of your newborn for him to sniff. Do the same if you're coming home from the hospital.

Use caution. Now that you're a parent, your baby's safety comes first. I've seen babies who were hurt by dogs because the family "assumed" they'd eventually calm down and accept the baby. Not all dogs and babies can co-exist peacefully. It might be sad but the baby comes first. If it's been months and your pet has not adjusted, is still jumping up or trying to nip the baby, it's time to find him a new home.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by Our dog loves kids but I was a little nervous about baby's he's quite an active energetic dog. We were told that sending home a blanket that baby has been in ahead of you with a family member or letting the dog smell the blanket first will give him a chance to get used to the smell a little before. That way he won't go crazy smelling baby when it comes through the door :) Turns out he doesn't care much for little people who can't chase him :) May 11, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm a first time mom and a proud owner of two dogs. Me and the little one are living at my parents house so we are sharing my room and for the first 8 months of my pregnancy the pups were in there two. They got used to things changing and almost like they could sense the baby one of my dogs became protective of my stomach and would wrap him self around it while I was watching tv. Naturally I was very nervous bringing our little bundle of joy home for the first time, but with the help of my mom and boyfriend we introduced little man to the dogs. They took to him immediately! Now anytime I come through the door they look for the baby, and when I'm sitting on the couch holding him they come up and give him kisses softly and even cuddle up next to us! October 17, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by very good info. love it ! its great info for someone who is bringing a new born home to a dog who is not use to babys. June 2, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We are dog lovers! We had an adult Shitzu and had just gotten a new puppy shitzu when I became pregnant. Of course the puppy was full of energy and we were a bit afraid how she would act when we brought our son home. My husband did come home with a blanket that smelled like the baby before we came home and left it on our bed, which is where the dogs sleep. The moment we walked in the door the puppy immediately became a different dog. She was so calm and gentle. I guess she knew exactly what we were holding and her mommy instincts kicked in. My son is 7 months old now and she is always at is side. If she hadn't made that change we were ready to just keep them apart in the house until he got older and could interact safely with the puppy. We have since then gotten another shitzu, the same age as the hyper puppy. She was very energetic but quickly learned that the other 2 dogs were protective of our son and she respected that. My son is all over the place and those dogs love on him constantly. The only time I worry is when they just want to be dogs and play rough with each other. That's when I scoop him up off the floor into is play pen so that they can still be what they are....animals, who hold as big a part of our hearts as our children. Yes they go on vacations with us or if pets are not allowed, we make different plans. May 27, 2012
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