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    Default How to introduce your new born to your dog?

    Hey ladies,

    Just wanting your tips on introducing my new son to our dogs.. I have a Siberian husky & a cattle dog cross Labrador. They are at my parents house as I couldn't have pets where we moved - (which is why we haven't introduced than yet) .. But my son will be around them all the time.. So I'm wanting tips on the best way to introduce them

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    Whilst in hospital get your DH to take home an article of clothing that bub has worn to get them used to the smell.
    When I came home from hospital I got down to his (our dog's) level and let him sniff her through the screen door and made sure we still payed him plenty of attention.
    We only have an outside dog though.

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    My son is a month old now... Our dogs are also outside dogs so I will do the sniffing through the screen door.. I'm not too worried about them because they are always around people & other dogs.. But you can never be too careful.

    My main concern is my mother in laws dogs.. They are inside yappy dogs and they are very protective and jealous of anyone who is around my mother in law. I'm worried that they will bite him.. Is it true that you should never let the dog higher then the baby?? Because I'm really uncomfortable with her dogs and when she let them inside when our son was there the dogs climbed up on the top of the lounge so that they were above my son looking down. I see this as a food chain thing. Like if the dog is higher, he thinks he's higher on the food chain... Does that make sense? Lol.

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    I wouldn't bother introducing them so to speak.

    Dogs are pack animals who should see you as the leader of the pack. When you bring bub home and they see you doing everything for your baby they will interpret that as him/her being the new leader. I wouldn't let them anywhere near baby or babies things (bedroom, playmat etc) and they will soon get the message that baby is 'top dog' so to speak.

    Goes without saying that you never leave baby alone with the dog, even after months of completely normal, safe interaction.

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    Giving the dogs something of the newborns to sniff first can help. Are you going to eventually have the dogs at home with you?

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    We didn't introduce DS to our dog as such we just brought him home and went about our normal routine and didn't make a big deal about it our dog knew he was in the house (she is an inside dog) and for the months leading up to his birth we trained her to not go on or near his toys and mats and she was only ever allowed to sit outside his nursery never to go in it. DS is now 2yrs old and he is best friends with our dog they get along so well and are both really gentle with each other we have taught DS to be respectful of the dog and to give her space and couldn't be happier with their relationship

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    We just met with an animal behaviourist on the weekend to talk about how to do this in preparation for our bub arriving. They suggested having someone take the dogs away from the house then take the baby throughout the house so their scent is everywhere. Then bring the dogs back but keep them on lead to start with to ensure you have control over them. And yes, they mentioned not letting the dogs higher than the bub. The dogs will naturally see bub as below them in the pack so you need to make sure they are responding to you being above them. I'm still reading through all the info so if I come across anything more I'll post it.

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    All depends on how much the dogs interact with the family - if the dogs are suddenly ignored/cast out when normally inside dogs or lavished with attention, the dogs may see bub as a threat to their 'pack', and hierarchy. Definitely introduce bub - when dogs meet other dogs, they do there lil introductory sniffing dance - let them suss out the new addition to THEIR family.

    While I was in hospital, hubby brought home a singlet Miss C had worn (I have also heard of a wee nappy), and started asking them 'Where's C?' and the like (yes, we talk to the dogs! :-P).

    When I arrived home, I walked in by myself to greet the dogs (Labrador and a retriever x) - but they bypassed me and ran to hubby who had gotten Miss C out of the car!

    Since then, it turns out my labby boy (complete goof-ball) automatically learned 'gentle', ADORES bub, and I often say that if I could teach him to dial '000', he'd be babysitter! My retriever x girl, although is somewhat skittish around bub. She is comfortable enough, however can't relax n let Miss C (now 8mths) pat her unless I am holding Miss C. That's fine with me - she's obv wary of babies, so I am sure to supervise the whole time they are together. I also make sure the Miss C 'gives' the dogs a treat - it's amazing how quickly the retriever x relaxed a bit after I started with the positive food reinforcement!

    We have always treated the dogs as our fur babies, and can't see our ll family growing without them!

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    I have a border collie x kelpie. She's very much a part of the family. When I bought my first home from the hospital I just let her inside and said hello to her and placed bub in the capsule on the ground. My dog gave her a few sniffs and wasn't really interested.

    We've never had any problems the dog and kids are now inseparable

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    We have an excitable Labrador but when it comes to DS she is so gentle.

    Dh brought home some wraps from the hospital home and let her smell them a bit. But mainly I just said hello and patted her as she hadn't seen me for several days. Then we let her in to sniff DS.

    We have been lucky that she has grown up with babies so is used to them. We also just made sure she was treated the same. She was always allowed in before DS so we continued with that. We just have baby gates up so she can't get onto the carpet and she is pretty good at staying off it even when the gates are open.


 

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