Place baby items around the house such as clothes, diapers, baby powder, bottles. Things that smell like a baby. Then, make them keep a respectful distance from these items. They associate the scent with this distance and when the baby gets there, they will not ignore or avoid the baby completely but will stay back a certain distance. You need t establish this because without this respectful distance, dogs may try to bring the baby to you when it cries which can end badly or they may try to play with them and hurt them. With this conditioning, if the baby cries they will tend to go and get you and try to take you to the baby. They also are more likely to just sniff the baby or let it pet them instead of rough play or mouthing. It worked great for bringing my 19 month old step son around my parents Rottweilers who weren't used to small children.
at 1:29 PM on Feb. 19, 2011