Dog Progress!

So Mamas.. How many of you had dogs before you brought your first baby home? How many of you from that number had a dog you were mildly concerned about bringing the baby home to? ha! That's me!

So many of you know, we have Miles and Stella... Stella wouldn't hurt a fly if we TOLD her to... Miles on the other hand, doesn't sleep until they are dead.. haha Seriously! Anyways, Miles is super protective of me.. he's also about to turn 10.. he's spunky, nips at people, doesn't love other dogs and is a barker... but he's staying.. and we will make it work.

Our good friend is a "dog whisperer" of sorts... literally.. Miles loves him, he got Miles to love his dog.. and he can just DO things with him that boggle our minds.. so I asked this friend any advice as the weeks tick down to prep Miles and get us ready for bringing home baby.. his main and first tip was... to get Miles to not be BY us unless we invite him. Sounds silly.. but it's not. I didn't realize Miles was SO used to cuddling up on the couch with us, under blankets, always right by our sides... after all he is about 8 pounds and it got easy just to let him around us... but we put that to a halt! We got him a cozy little doggie bed and fleece blanket (he LOVES cozy spots) and made it HIS spot... we started easy and just placed him on the floor at night when he would normally be by us... then we started telling him "no" if he tried or did jump up... same with when we eat.. when we hang out.. etc.

And can I tell you.. IT'S WORKING! As I type this, Stella is on her bed.. and Miles is sound asleep in his... slowly but surely he doesn't try to jump up as much.. in fact, during the day, he totally does his own thing after he eats, goes for a walk, goes outside and plays... he minds his own lil business and seems SO content.

I am hoping this keeps working.. I realize there will be more transition when the baby DOES come home.. but hopefully, him getting used to not being right around us unless we want him to.. will really help when we have our hands full with someone else :)

Anyone else have tips or tricks with dogs and babies?​

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    11/20/13
    8Theresa Gould
    That sounds like an awesome trick. We didn't have pets until last year so I don't have any tips or tricks. I just went by my moms tip (she's very much a dog person) and did not get a purebred dog and got a puppy since we had so many little ones - she said it was better to have a puppy grow up with our little ones.
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    11/20/13
    ..that's so so true, Theresa! Puppies can grow with your babies.. and then they are always used to them! Oddly enough.. that's why we had to get Stella as a PUPPY, because we knew Miles wouldn't just mesh with a grown dog... we hope it's the same for the baby.. it's not like we are bringing home a rowdy 3 year old.. the baby won't DO much.. so hopefully he can adjust fine... pray for us :)
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    11/20/13
    8Theresa Gould
    It sounds like your friend set you on the right path for a smooth transition since Miles is responding so well with his new "doggy" space apart from you.
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      11/21/13
      Sounds like this is a good start. With our dogs we had my IL's take them to take care of them while we were in the hospital. Then we took one of the babies blankets to them to sniff and smell. Then we brought the baby home and spent 2 days at home before we brought the dogs home, then we brought the dogs in the room to meet her, they sniffed and went about their day. We have very mild tempered labs tho so they are pretty good with her. Our oldest do literally pouted for like a week. He hid in our office and wouldn't come into our room and just acted pathetic in general. He still is not too fond of her, he tolerates her. If she crawls up to him or tries to touch him he just grunts and walks away.

      He wont hurt her and hasn't tried to so that is good, we hope he will warm up to her. Our other dog loves her and lets her pet and climb on her.

      Also try and consciously take some time once the baby is hear to pay attention to them, this would be a good job for hubs since you will be so consumed with the baby. Taking them for walks or out to the yard to play whatever it is they like to do, maybe you and the hubs take turns taking a few min a day to give them some attention so they dont feel neglected or start acting out. Our oldest lab started doing things he never used to do, he tore up 3 of my dish towels, as a cry for attention.

      good luck!
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