Swings and Car Seats, Oh My!

We just installed the car seat base the fake baby is in! Oreo was a little nervous/excited around the carrier-another new gadget for her to get used to. We will have to practice walking around with the fake baby in there. 

We have also been practicing putting the baby in the swing and having the music and motion going. The first time we tried it Oreo could care less, and the second time she checked it out then relaxed. We need to continue practicing. Next up-putting the dog gates up in the house! 

Baby hat I made! 

Home Stretch  

So the nursery is almost done and I’m in my third trimester. Oreo has gotten bored of the baby doll and isn’t bothered by the baby crying I play on my phone. We’ve been busy putting lots of things together for baby ! 

Last night we finished the swing and now we only have to put together the stroller and car seat. Time certainly has flown and there’s still more to do and always more ways to prepare. 

I bought a 5 pack of plastic small containers at the dollar store for dog treats. In each room I’ve placed a container of treats in case they are needed to praise or distract the dog. 

Is Oreo going to be okay with visitors? No, that’s why I made a sign for the door that states that we have a barking dog and a sleeping baby-please don’t knock. If we are expecting you-text or call. If not please call! 

We plan on utilizing the fenced in back yard and my parents house (up the steeet). However, we aren’t too worried as Oreo gets along with my close family. I do want to make sure and watch out for signs of being overly protective of the baby.

We still need to put up the dog gates in the house and get her used to baby smells. I need to open all those diaper cream and other fun smells for her to get used to! Should be interesting but we are doing our best to prepare her! 

Tons of Toys and Treats

I went a little crazy on Amazon and ordered plenty of toys and treats for Oreo. Although she could smell them through the box, she has to wait until baby arrives for them. 

It’s great to have kongs or other toys you can fill and freeze to prepare for baby. When baby arrives and Oreo is over excited, these toys will keep her busy but also give her a reward if she is calm. They can also be used as a way to reward dogs who are in their safe areas. These are areas behind baby gates or on their beds where they are calm and far enough away to relax. We ordered 3 additional kongs, bones, and special treats. Oreo will learn when we are feeding the baby it’s a good thing- because she gets good things at the same time. Additionally calm behavior can be rewarded. 

Other plans to prepare her are to get all the smells and baby equipment out after the baby shower. We painted the nursery, got the rug, and have to pick up the crib. Best to get your pup ready asap! 

In other news it’s almost Christmas! Yay! 

First Steps

The first steps in getting ready for a baby are to always brush up on basic commands, in all areas around and inside the house. The only thing I really want to work on with Oreo is the “go to bed” command. I was never dedicated enough to see that through. 

We are currently working with a baby doll. Do dogs know it’s not a real baby? Of course! However, many dogs aren’t sure what to think of their parents carrying something around in their arms all day. Some dogs will think it’s a toy, while others will be curious and some will be scared. 

Oreo was very excited to see what was in my arms when I carried around the baby. She jumped and followed me everywhere, trying to sniff and nibble on the baby. 

The goal is to have your dog be bored around the “baby.” We want the dogs to be calm and act like it’s no big deal to have the baby in the room. This is very difficult with reactive dogs because many times they are afraid of anything new. 

To keep Oreo calm I used treats to first get her to stay on her bottom. Every time she sat down while I was holding the baby I gave her a treat. Eventually, she expected treats every time she saw the baby. Baby = good things. 

The treats became a bit of a problem, or rather the begging did. I had to wait longer periods to reward calm behavior otherwise she started begging. Eventually, she became calm and bored. Bringing the doll out didn’t cause her to run up to me for a treat or to explore. I took the baby outside on walks, on the patio, in the kitchen, and when sitting down. My husband practiced the same. The more Oreo saw the baby, the more calm she became. 

Are we done training ? Oh no, this is just the beginning. We need to work on baby sounds, smells, gadgets and more. One small step at a time.