I am currently 17 weeks pregnant with our first baby and today my mum expressed some concern about how our dogs will respond to a newborn. I feel her concerns are legitimate as one dog is a staffy cross pitbull, and the other is a rescue dog who has shown dog aggression in the past, particularly to small dogs. They are both excellent with small children but have had very little exposure to tiny babies.
I have been researching ways to prepare the pups for bubs arrival, including buying a baby doll and teaching them to behave calmly around it, playing them audio clips of baby crying and noises, enforcing boundaries and introducing bub slowly using a blanket with his/her smell etc. They are usually outside dogs but come in to the lounge room with us when we are relaxing, which I think might have to stop until bub is safely in his/her room with the door closed.
I am seeking other mum's experiences of helping their dogs (especially big dogs) adjust to a newborn, and tips to prepare for this adequately. I understand the risk but I don't think it is high enough to warrant getting rid of my dogs at this stage.
Thanks in advance x