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Registered: ‎02-10-2014
Re: Jealous doggie

When we told people I was pregnant many of the first replies were, "Oh! What will (our dog) think."  Our dog is known to all our family and friends as our first "baby."  We are those dog people that have an 8 year old only child-doggie who is over the moon spoiled.  To make matters worse our dog can't stand children.  She is a feisty little dog that barks aggressively at any child within view.  She has been to numerous training classes and we have had a personal at home trainer to help combat her barking at children but she is still not totally under control. This is going to be a huge adjustment as our dog has been the center of our family for so many years.


We are just going to make sure that we do our best to keep the baby safe and not put the dog in a position to get into trouble.  Of course we will still make sure our dog knows that she is our first baby.  I think making an effort to exercise and pay attention to your dog is a huge first step is combatting jealousy.  


I have heard that many spoiled dogs simply end up ignoring the new baby and being extra needy to their owners.  In my mind this isn't so bad because at least the baby stays safe.