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My friend is about to give birth and is very worried that her active and energetic Kelpie dog will not tolerate a loud new baby into the family home.
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We have had a large, energetic dog for twelve years now and have brought home three babies to him. Fortunately, we have had a positive experience, and we were given a few tips with baby #1 that I think helped.
We were told to carry around something before the baby came so that the dog got used to something "else" always being in your arms. I've read to carry around a doll, but that seems a little unrealistic. We tried a basketball a few times, but again, I had a bigger dog. This would probably work great with a smaller, lap dog.
I also had my parents bring a baby blanket from the hospital home BEFORE we came home. Let the dog smell it and get used to a new smell being around.
People are always looking for ways to help new parents. In this case, maybe they could ask for people to take the dog for walks or doggy play dates. The dog is definitely more apt to get irritable when they are bored and stuck inside with a newborn. There are also different indoor toys that can be a distraction for the dog, too (something like a Kong, or an activity treat board. I remember my partner really stepping up and making sure the dog was catered too while I was home with the babies.
Good luck to your friend! It's a very special time for the whole family, dog included. :)