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'ello, I recently found out that I am pregnant with our first baby (woohoo!!) but was just wondering how I would introduce baby when born to my pups? I know its a while away (due in early dec) but I want to be completely prepared so its an easy transistion (sp) for both me and the pups, any advice will be welcome


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You need to start now by introducing the dogs to the realities of a baby. Dogs learn through their senses first – scent, sound and sight.

Scent – baby powder, baby oil, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, formula, etc.

Sounds – babies cry.

Sight – babies move and wiggle.

So, here’s what I suggest. Get yourself a baby DOLL. One that moves (waves arms), makes noise (cries) and feels as lifelike as possible. Start treating that doll like a REAL baby. Carry it around, talk to it, put lotion and powder on it. Teach the dogs how to behave around you when you are carrying the baby.

Also ask to tape record a friends baby crying. Put that in the crib where the baby will sleep. A couple times a day put the baby in the crib and start the tape. Let the dogs hear it crying.

Do everything you would do with a real baby with the doll. Even ‘borrow’ some used diapers from friends so the dogs can see and smell what changing a baby means.

If you keep this up then bringing the real baby home should be a lot less stressful for the dogs.

Also, have a blanket that you use on the doll all the time. Don’t wash it the month before you are due – you want it to really smell like you and that doll. When you go to the hospital to give birth – bring that blanket with. When you are ready to come home with the baby use that blanket to wrap them up. The dogs already associate that smell with the doll.
 

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To add to Lauri's list,

Setup your stroller/infant carrier unit inside about a month before you are due. Put the doll in it and teach the dogs how to behave around the stroller. They'll be walking with it so walk them around the house pushing the stroller. When my oldest was first born, we strolled him around the house all the time - lol kept him from screaming in the middle of dinner if he was sitting right there.
 
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