One of the biggest blessings in my life are my two adorable pups. I don’t know what I would do without them. So naturally when I found out I was pregnant I started looking for ways to get my fur babies ready for my human baby. I read a ton of blog posts, books and looked for any advice on the subject.
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I found a lot of great advice and a lot of really terrible advice. My advice to you first is to find out as much as you can and decide what would be best for your family, then talk to your vet or trainer for further guidance, based on your dog’s breed and personality.
I have two English Bulldogs, who are aggressive by nature, but not mean. They have always been good with kids and really only have problems with other dogs. So here is what I think will work for our family.
My pups are crazy spoiled. I spend every spare moment with them and they are always around me. They take turns sleeping in my bed every night which will have to change once baby gets here. So I have started by building them these awesome dogs crates by Ana white (with a few adjustments for my crazy pups). You can also buy similar crates, such as the ecoFlex Pet Crate/End Table if you don’t feel like building one. This way each of our dogs have their own space that is just for them.
Because our dogs don’t always get along, we have implemented a Crate and Rotate Schedule that you can read about here. This is the easiest way to keep peace in our home.
We supply ample amounts of chew toys that they enjoy. This keeps them from getting bored and chewing up furniture or appliances when I am doing baby related things.
We have one large communal dog bowl for water in the kitchen but each dog has their meals in the kennel. This helps with resource guarding and fighting and will also keep the baby out of their food.
When family members and friends ask what help we will need after the baby comes I make sure to mention that someone will need to take our pups for a walk. I plan on doing this myself as much as possible but someone will need to take over for the first little while.
We have started implementing routines for them that will continue after the baby is born, such as not allowing the dogs to sleep on the bed. This way they won’t associate the baby with things they don’t like.
The last thing is kind of silly, but I think it’s necessary. I’ve purchased a few toys for the baby to bring to my pups. Just a little something to keep them busy when I’m busy with baby.
I can’t wait to share my new baby with my pups. I know that they will accept him as one of their own and we can all be one big happy family. or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
What do you do for your pups when you’re preparing for a new baby?