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Here is a great article on Preparing Your pet for a new baby in the home:
http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/in..._new_baby.html

I think the best advice is halfway down in describing the things you can do now to get them accustomed to baby noises & smells.
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I'm sure you got all these responses, but I had to prepare my two for an infant coming into our home. They were 4.5 at the time and never really been around too many children.

I made sure I practiced with them. I bought a car seat and would carry it in when arriving at home. I'd put it on the floor and they did at first need to sniff it out, but they got used to it being carried and placed and then just thought of it as a piece of furniture.

I also bought a stroller. I have a very large kitchen. I walked an empty stroller around the kitchen every day. I let them see the travel bed and all other furniture we were going to use. I did have a doll I carried, but I never placed it in anything if I wasn't going to be right there. I didn't want Tucker to have the opportunity to grab and run! A doll doesn't respond like a baby and I didn't want to set up a bad training opportunity.

I was very proud of my two. They both did really well with the baby. Shadow did try to lick him all the time and Tucker pulled his sock off once when someone else was holding him, but they were really, really good with him, which really surprised me. Tucker is a grab and run type of dog. He never once tried to grab the baby. He just seemed to know he shouldn't.

The other thing that really helped was when the baby and the parent came home from the hospital I was waiting outside with the dogs and the stroller. We put the bably in the stroller and walked the dogs up and down the street with the baby a few times. We walked in and everything was fine. Had I not, I know they would have gotten overly excited and made it difficult.


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Hi! Congrats!

Today is my due date. Currently my Golden is staying elsewhere until we are settled. But I am not worried. I just didn't want to have to worry about what to do with her on the big day, since I don't have a pet sitter I can trust.

Be sure the dog gets attention and so forth- but you will be okay! They know things are going on.
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Make sure you bring home an item from the hospital for your dog to smell and get used to the smell before the baby comes home. That's what we did. Our dog could have cared less and really didn't care for all the crying! Even when she started crawling, he'd get up and leave. She could pet him and do whatever but most of the time he'd just leave! Now we have Tucker who we adopted and she can climb all over him and he just soaks it up!
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We got Bailey when our baby was 4 months old. He's a year now and he is sooo gentle. The baby is just afraid of him cause he's so much bigger and has smacked her with his tail when passing by.

Its challenging at first but it has been done before. I would just make sure that you have adequate help for those first few months because you'll be on little sleep, but the dog will still need to try and keep a regular routine. Its a big change for him and the more you can keep his routine the easier the transition should be and less likely he'll be apt to react badly.

Although I will say our golden is soooo wonderful and gentle around our kids.
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He has graduated from puppy and advanced puppy class but we havent kept up on the training like we should have and he has definitely become stubborn and not as quick.
Is there any way you can start up again? There's nothing better for surviving the adolescent periods and bringing a great companion Golden out the other side than developing more and more of a working relationship together.

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Also, he seems to do better with me than my husband. Is that normal for male goldens? I don't know why but Edgar just listens to me a lot better and quicker.
This is common, but it's nothing you can't overcome. A man's lower voice is simply more intimidating to a dog. We can speak in pitches much closer to dogs' warning growls for each other. Be firm, and when you do need to use your voice to provide a negative for the dog, pitch it as low as you can.

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I have another question, what do you reccomend for us to do when guests come to visit me and the baby. Edgar does well with not jumping on me and my husband because he knows better, but he absolutely LOVES company because he thinks he can get away with whatever he wants and gets very very hyper.

What can we do to enforce the no jumping? What would you reccomend to do in these situations?
Get a couple of friends with a good sense of humor to help you by practicing a controlled visit. Teach them exactly what you do to stop Edgar from jumping and have them behave exactly as you do. It'll help if Edgar is nice and tired before you practice. I favor an ignoring method, where a jump from the dog makes the guest fold his arms and turn to face the wall, like a statue. Guests only come back to life when the dog behaves. Once you've done some practice, prepare your "real" guests before they come over so they can help train. Most people have a really good sense of humor about it. Once he realizes that all visitors will make jumping not fun in exactly the same way, he'll probably stop trying and offer a different behavior, like sitting. Reward that with attention and maybe a little treat.

It can also help to ask your guests to ignore the dog for the first few minutes they're there so arrivals are a little less exciting.
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Another thing to do is to put a dog cookie jar where on the change table, so every diaper change the dog(s) can do a sit or down and then get their cookie when the job's all done.... helps keep them from being too ignored.

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Many training facilities have class for parents of the 4 pawed kind, getting ready for the two footed kind. I know our facility in CT has a class. There is also a great Web site, I'll have to find the link, that gives advice. Is it called Storks and??? It will come to me.


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PS I won't be having a hospital birth so I won't be doing the bring something for the dog to sniff thing... but I am not worried about my Rigby at all... and the other two won't return until baby is settled, and I will just use common sense when I go get them and bring them home and do introductions
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