Thursday, August 11, 2011

Where Does the Puggle Fit Into All of This...

Lately, we've been trying to figure out how Maya, our puggle, will react to our little man once he arrives in November. To be honest, we are very concerned.

Maya is definitely a hyper and inquisitive dog. She is our first "child" and a huge part of our lives, however, we realize that we need to find a way to prep her for this major change of introducing an infant into her life. Am I concerned that she will try to trample the baby in one of her races around the living room or drag him around like one of her beloved toys? Absolutely.

I recently saw a post about the top 5 things to do to prepare your dog for a new baby and a couple of them seem as though they make sense.....a couple, not so much...
  1. Ignore them in the months leading up to delivery - not entirely, but don't spoil them as much as they are used to so they get used to the fact that they won't be #1 anymore.
  2. Get a crying baby doll & hold it while it's making noise - we probably won't be doing this, but I do think it's a good test....
  3. Arrange for someone to take care of your dog during labor, delivery and recovery - definitely need to put this on my 3rd trimester checklist.
  4. Bring baby clothes home from the hosptial so she can get used to his scent - hopefully this is something Nick can do, it would be good for her to get used to his smell before he comes home.
  5. Don't keep the nursery door shut all of the time - allow her to see what's going on in there and give her a spot to lay down and teach them to respect the baby's things. Makes sense....
This is definitely good advice and will help us make the transition from one "child" to two children.

Look at that face - of course, she's spoiled rotten.

Cat-like reflexes!

Her favorite summer hang out - she has used the new lounge chair more than I have!

Snuggled up

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