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my dogs

ok so i have a pitbull and a basethound they are 2 of the nicest dong i have evr had and they only bark at some one when they are trying to protect us but i am worried they wont like it when the baby gets here cuz she will get all the attion should i worrie about bring her home (and dont judge my dogs on the breed unless there is a prove fact about them)

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on Dec. 4, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Oh pits are such good doggies. What you need to do is introduce them when you bring your baby home. Make sure that they won't jump up or hurt the baby. Pet them while they're sniffing the baby and talk to them so they know it's ok. They'll feel the love you have for the baby and pretty soon they'll accept the new infant as a member of the family and be protective too!
    MarlyeGirl

    Answer by MarlyeGirl at 12:43 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • I read once that it was a good idea to bring something the baby has worn (like a recieving blanket) home a day or two before you get home from the hospital. This way they can get used to baby's scent before she arrives. In most cases I hear the dogs become protective of the new baby. Good luck!
    mamapotter

    Answer by mamapotter at 12:45 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • you always need to watch ANY animal around a baby up to about 5 years old... the family pet isnt a toy and babies cries can upset and frustrate an animal and a toddler can hurt (without knowing or purpose) an animal causing it to react just like an animals insticts create it to react.
    vakatia

    Answer by vakatia at 12:56 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • Your dogs should be fine with the baby. Ours just found it hard to learn they actually where dogs! Watch the protective side, my 40lb hound mutt never growled until I was pregnant, then after the 1st baby she tried to attack the cable guy. It's always men in boots that set her off, but never before having kids (we had her 6 years.)

    NEVER leave a baby in a swing with the dogs around. A few years ago they reported on the number of dog bites to children and realized many were when a baby was in a baby swing. Something about the swing motion can set off a predator reaction in the dog.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • Make sure they're involved with the baby preparation, too! Let them hear baby's toys, see baby's room, and smell baby's products. Bring a blanket to the hospital with you and wrap it around baby to absorb her scent, then have someone bring it home for your dogs to smell. When you get home, go in to greet your dogs without the baby, have someone else carry the little one in. Make some time each day to devote to playing with the dogs, and make sure any guests you have greet them first as well.

    They may be standoffish at first, but they'll most likely come around. Just make sure, no matter how well things seem to be going, that you never leave them alone with Baby unsupervised, the scariest things happen when no one is looking. Good luck! :)
    KatieCrandall

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 1:11 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • When the baby is first born they will put a little hat on her head. Take this hat home and let the dogs have it. That will get them used to baby's scent before you bring her home. I agree with all PPs advice, also.
    Aprilmorgans

    Answer by Aprilmorgans at 1:33 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

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