|Barked: Fri Apr 27, '07 9:24pm PST |
Congratulations on the new baby!!!
Bailey was only about 8 months old when my nephew was born.
Since day one, Bailey has gotten very, very, very excited any time Tyler has come over. I took him to obedience a few months after the baby was born, and it helped a lot in getting Bailey to calm down a bit when he sees Tyler (not completely, though).
He adjusted pretty quickly to each new change in the baby's mobility...from rolling over to crawling to walking and now running (all the time). They are best pals. In fact, Tyler's first word was Bailey!
If your dogs have any agression issues at all now, you will obviously have to work with them from the moment the baby is brought home. If they are possessive of you, I would suggest making them stay off of your lap when you are holding the baby. Feed them in another room from where the baby is if they are food agressive. Put up a baby gate to keep the baby from the dog's food (Bailey jumps over the baby gate at our house, but Tyler hasn't conquered it just yet).
Don't be afraid to let the dogs get near the baby. You obviously have experience (having 2 JRTs), so you know how determined they are. Keeping them from sniffing the baby will just make them try harder! Once they get their sniffing in, they'll probably just go back to whatever they were doing.
I hope this helps. Since I don't actually have a baby living here with Bailey, I don't really know how to handle having the baby and the JRT 24/7.
Bailey's mom, Lori
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