Animal S

28 Replies
Gail - March 16

Hi, im abit worried about bringing my baby home back to my house with my dog being there, my dog is very very soft but is also really jelous and seem's to go off on one when some one hugs, im just so nervous and i love my dog to peices i dont want to get rid of him because i think he might not agree.. does anyone know or have any tips on what i can do to get him prepared for when shes coming home, because i dont want to show him to her incase he nips her, hes not good around young children either we have to keep him in seprate rooms when my little cousin comes, can anyone help me or give me advice..thanks

 

Heidi - March 16

Have you tried just carrying around something that will resemble the infant? Just a bundle of blankets? Sounds dumb but that's what he's going to see at first is you carrying something around and holding something that cries. He may be a little timid of the crying. My dog is very jealous too. If the cat gets in my lap he comes over and shoves her off with his nose. It's cute. I wasn't planning on having kids but....it happened. So I'm going to make sure when I get close to my due date that he is used to seeing me carrying this "bundle" of something around the house and maybe even get a tape of baby crying so he doesn't freak out or start barking. Depending on your dog's reaction to you, you'll probably be okay. Firm NOs when he reacts negative towards the baby. I already know if I sit on the couch that mine will be right next to me watching and pawing at me for attention. It just needs to be nipped in the bud so the baby doesn't get injured. Mine would never nip so you may want to ask a trainer what you can do. I have a 100 lb golden retriever and he'd probably climb in my lap if I let him! He's beyond spoiled. I'm more worried about when the baby starts crawling. My dog is obsessed with b___s so that makes me nervous. And my boyfriend has got him to be protective of his treats!!!! So in time we'll have to work on correcting this and also teaching the toddler to respect the dog's space also. My dog is older too and goldens adapt to anything so I'm hoping the transition goes well. I wouldn't give my dog up for the world so I'll just have to make it work!

 

To Gail - March 16

I would try getting him some training and also try to carry something around with you that may be similar to a baby maybe a doll or something. I can tell you that chilren can't be replaced. I am a dog lover myself and believe me would never want to part with my dog but if I ever felt like he would hurt my child I would find a good home for him. If the dog did not grow up with children chances are he probably will not get used to the new baby very easily. Good luck.

 

Heidi - March 16

What breed is your dog? Some dogs adapt to many changes in their life. That's why I picked a golden. They adapt to anything! Some dogs however, do not and may be better off in a new home without children. I've had friends who have had to get rid of their dog due to a new baby. My golden is gentle around children, just big and clumsy, but would never intentionally bite. One day my neighbor's 2 year old wandered out their back door and into our alley and my golden was back there by her and her dad came out and said she was standing by my golden petting him and he was stretching his neck out under her hand so she'd pet him some more. It made me feel good that he was so gentle around her when I wasn't there to control him. His biggest fault is he's so big he sometimes runs kids over. Ha ha! He's got a wiggle b___t. I think he's gonna be great with our baby. As long as he's still treated like one of course and the kid throws food on the floor etc....

 

D - March 16

Its different when the new addition is "new to the pack", whereas the kids that visit are not part of the dogs pack. I'd give the dog a cautious chance! That's what I'll do with my 3....

 

Gail - March 16

Thanks for your replys, i will try him with the "carrying bundle" hes a golden retriever and hes also big and clumsy he isnt agressive hes just really jelous of things because he gets so spoiled hes our baby of the house at the moment, i think hes kinda clicking onto the idea because of the pram and the cot and alot of other things but i supose an actual baby is different because its me who always mothers him so if he see's me mothering her he'll loose hes rag! or maybe let him smell abit of clothing shes been wearing do you think that might be abit of a help?

 

Coleen - March 16

Hi Gail, you could try letting him smell abit of her clothing that might be a big help, jelousy is common in animals because there so use to only your attention and he will be jelous because the attention will be of him, you need to talk to him firly and equal out the attention and everything should be fine, just speak to him while holding her he'll soon get used to it

 

To Gail - March 17

I had a friend with a Golden that she had to get rid of because it became aggressive around children. I know it is not in their breed but some Goldens are so overbread that they don't always have the characteristics of a true Golden. But I know this breed is normally great with children.

 

Heidi - March 17

Gail - Your golden will be fine!!!! Just make sure he still gets a lot of the attention he got before the baby, he's a golden ya know!!! I plan on adopting an older golden after the baby gets a little older. I think my golden will be more miffed about that than the baby! How old is your golden? What part of the US are you in? PLEASE let me know if it doesn't work out. There are a lot of great Golden Rescues out there who will find a good home for him. I would start carrying around a bundle of something and make a fuss over it. I don't plan to shun my dog from being curious so maybe let him sniff and check things out. Maybe put the bundle on the floor and discourage your dog from getting too close. Let him in the nursery to lay down and check it out. I think it'll be fine. He sounds just like my golden boy. Just a BIG baby. He was to be the only baby but things happen. We're going to make sure he gets included in everything we do just like before but being a little more careful cus he's a little clumsey! I think he'll catch on to the baby thing and be just fine and so will yours. Just give him the chance to adjust! Do you have friends with babies or toddlers that could come over and interact with your golden? That might help. Mine still sleeps right along side us at night in bed so a new baby will be an interesting adjustment, but we'll be fine. He's my boy! I've also heard of dogs who become a little possessive of the new baby too, which isn't really bad unless they get too aggressive. Good luck to you!

 

Gail - March 17

Hiya - Heidi, im not from the US im from the UK, and my golden is 2year old, i know he would never be agressive with her but he will be so jelous about it, but i will let him check things out and let him get the idea, and i will use a bundle of something and tell him to keep clear - hopefully it will help, ive got little cousins that come and visit..he doesnt nip them its just becasue hes bigger then them he knocks them over because he gets giddy when he thinks there playing lol bless.. it will get sorted im 35 weeks 2day, so ive not long to go now :) how how and how far are you?

 

BBK - March 17

Gail, some of the tips I heard, say that try to not change the dog's environment after the baby arrives. For example, if you're going to move the dog dishes to make room for the crib, do it before the baby is born, so the dog does resent the newcomer. And try not to ignore the dog once the baby is there. In general the golden rule is to make any changes prior to the baby's birth. Congratulations and Good luck

 

Heidi - March 17

Hi Gail, I'm only 9 weeks! So I have a lot of time to get him adjusted, plus our house is being built so we will start setting some ground rules when we move in this spring. Our biggest problem is going to be barking. He barks whenever someone comes over or knocks on the door or hears a car door slam. We usually don't care as it's a quick ordeal but with a sleeping baby it might not be so funny anymore! I do have a bark collar but feel bad using it. If your golden is only two, he's probably still full of puppy. Mine was at two. Around 4 is when he really started to mellow out and only gets giddy in the house if we start playing with him and chasing him. He'll be 6 when the baby is born. Just make sure your boy gets tons of exercise so he gets a little tuckered out and won't be as hyper. I think my golden will get even more attention with a baby as we'll be going on more walks than we do now! I agree with BBK, change stuff before the baby comes so it won't be so shocking. Interact him with the baby's routines. Let him see the baby, smell it, maybe give it kisses! I'm sure it'll work out. Just give it some time. Ask a trainer if you have any problems.

 

Gail - March 17

my dog is exactly the same, barks at anything even if he hears people talking outside. or if the postman comes, my dog is that soft the cat even bullys him hes so scared of him lol.. theres nothing to be changed about the dog bowls are in hes own little part of the house next to hes comfy bed, when u say let him give the baby kisses thats what my mum suggested but im just scared incase he does happen to nip i just dont want to chance it even though he is a good dog unless someone holds him while he see's her, but if nothing is progressing i dont want to get rid of him hes my baby aswell so i will seek a trainer to come give me some tips :)

 

Heidi - March 17

Yep, mine barks at everything too. Mine too plays with our cat. But only if we provoke him to. We'll pick the cat up and play fight with the dog. The cat just hates us for this. And when she runs off, he'll run after her and hook his big paw on her and hold her down and she just lays there. He like chews on her neck but doesn't bite. I think he wants to pick her up but is afraid he'll hurt her, even though we say, bring her here! Ha ha! It's funny. The cat doesn't seem to mind either. She just gives us this dirty look like, thanks! But this is only if we provoke him to do this. I have a feeling that once my golden hears the baby cry, he'll probably want to go sleep somewhere quiet and stay away from the fuss of the baby! Ha ha! I'm sure when I sit down to feed the baby is when he'll want to get up on the couch or bed next to me and get his share of attention. He does this now and will take his paw and paw at me on the shoulder or lap insisting that I pet his belly and scratch his armpits! Sometimes it's annoying and I have to make him get down. So I better stop letting him do this now. Sometimes if the cat lays by me and he doesn't like it, he'll stand there and bark at me. Guess we'll have to start using the bark collar again. Just make sure he's included in everything.

 

Gail - March 17

haha thats funny, bet the cat thinks "oh my not this again" my cat seems to hurt the dog and he cry's like a big softie and my cat is so so tiny its just funny.. :)

 

Heidi - March 17

Ha ha! All we have to do is hiss like the cat and she gives us this dirty look and we say, get the kitty! And she rolls over on her belly cus she knows he's gonna give her hell. It's so funny. She takes it like a champ! I had one cat that loved our dog but he got sick. They'd wrestle all the time and the dog would grab the nape of his neck and gently pull him off the couch and the cat just loved it! It was so funny to watch.

 

Gail - March 17

i t's cute. its like there the best of friends - my dog loves the cat hes just so scared of him, if he saw another cat in the street he'd kill it if he could lol my cat thinks hes man of the house knowing he can beat a big dopey thing! he thinks hes a dog also! what is your dog and cat called? my dogs named Ben and my cat is called Marvin :)

 

ADD A COMMENT:


You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!


Already a member?
Please login below.





Forgot your password?
Need Help?