I don’t have too many fears about the baby coming. I have been around babies my whole life, and while I’m no expert by ANY means, I feel very comfortable and confident around babies.
BUT… my one fear is my furbaby, Indy. If you don’t already know, Indy is a 5.2-pound toy poodle. He turned one in June and we’ve had him since he was two months old.
To say that he’s a spoiled little mama’s boy is an understatement. I’ve always wanted a “lap dog” and that’s e.x.a.c.t.l.y. what I got. He follows me around, lays on my lap, takes naps with me, and is all around a very good dog for Blake and me. I love it! With that being said, he’s not really a people-person. He loves my parents, and just recently he’s warmed up to my in-laws, and our next-door neighbor, but otherwise, he barks at everyone else. I tried introducing him to people when he was younger–he just never really adjusted (mom fail?). Even when I went to the breeder to pick out a dog, Indy didn’t want to play or come to me. That quickly changed as soon as we got home. He’s been glued to my hip ever since, especially since I’m home all day long nowadays.
Don’t even get me started when the doorbell rings. I don’t mind two or three warning barks, but I have a hard time getting him to stop. It’s really hit or miss whether he listens to me (and Blake) or not. I looked up videos on YouTube and a lot of them say to reward your dog with a treat so they relate the doorbell with something good. So I tried that. But, Indy wants nothing to do with the treat. He’s way too distracted to be interested in some lame-o treat.
Also, if I’m sitting on the couch and someone abruptly comes over to me (whether to give me a hug or hand me something) he jumps in between us and will occasionally snap. He doesn’t actually bite the person, but comes pretty close. I know he’s just being protective of me, but it makes me nervous for the other person!!!
The biggest concern of mine though, is he doesn’t like kids!! YIKES! The two times we’ve taken him to my sister-in-law’s, he does not like our nephew, Lucas, who’s two years-old. He sniffs at him, but as soon as Lucas runs or reaches for a toy, Indy barks, growls, or snaps at him. That scares me. One time my mom and I brought Indy over to a friend of the family’s house and they have a three year-old. If Indy was on the floor he just ran around the kitchen and didn’t bother Adam. But then, my mom was holding Indy and Adam came up to show my mom something and Indy snapped at him. UGH!
What’s going to happen when our baby is born?!
The hospital and friends have told us to have Blake bring home the baby’s hat and put it in Indy’s crate before we come home from the hospital. Then, when we do come home, I go in first by myself, greet Indy, then Blake comes in with the baby and we let him sniff her. We’re definitely willing to try it.
I have confidence in Indy that he’ll be okay around the baby since she’s a part of ME, and I believe dogs can sense that sort of thing, but I’m terribly concerned about his protective behavior. What is he going to do if my mom (or someone else) comes over to take the baby from me? A part of me thinks he’ll snap at my mom because he’s protecting me and the baby.
I know for sure though, that I will never leave Indy alone with the baby. You just never know. It only takes two seconds to put the baby in her crib if I have to run out of the room real quick. I’m thankful Indy is still pretty much a puppy, that he’s not so set in his ways, and he and the baby can grow up together. I’m hoping he will adjust well. Of course I’d never choose my dog over my baby, but it would break!my!heart! to have to send Indy to my parents. I’m so attached to this dog!
I wish we would have done training with him earlier on, but I didn’t realize how big of a deal his behavior was. Now, there’s no time to do training since the baby’s coming. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can do to help make this transition easier, and prevent him from becoming too protective or aggressive…??