We are expecting (two days ago !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) a baby, and are
looking for suggestions to maximize the chances of our canine
baby (3 year old spayed hyper female lab) getting used to the
idea. My cousin had to put his dog down because the dog was
aggressive and I am determined to make this work. Tessa is
very excitable, but extremely friendly to humans. She hates
other dogs but that is another story altogether. She has been
to obedience school and is very well behaved when she doesn't get
over e***d and has never shown any aggression to humans.
My plan so far, is to have my husband bring a blanket with baby
smell on it home from the hospital to let her smell it. When
we come home from the hospital, I (mom who will have been away),
will come in first and say hi to Tessa and with Dad controlling
Tessa, let her smell the baby. I will do my best to show Tessa
affection and attention when I am up with the baby - she follows
me everywhere in the house so it won't take much to scratch her ear
or rub her tummy with my foot when I am feeding. I am looking
forwards to walks with Tessa and the baby later on.
Any other suggestions? Is there something that worked really well
for you? Something to avoid?
I will never leave the two together unsupervised but I hope
Tessa will be as good a friend to my baby as she is to me!
Joanna - Big, uncomfortable and impatient