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Name: Hazel
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I'm currently pregnant with my first child and I'm beginning to suspect that my dog is jealous of the attention that I'm getting these days (and that she's not getting). Is it possible for a dog to be jealous? I've heard that they can be jealous once a new baby is born. Has anyone else ever had this experience with their pet? It sounds weird to me but my dog is really like a little person so wouldn't surprise me. Does anyone know what I can do to "ease her worries"?
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Name: Honore | Date: Jun 20th, 2005 8:55 PM
My cat was really jealous of my new baby. Sometimes, the cat would jump on me to try to get me away from the baby. Eventually I had to give the cat up because things were just getting too dangerous to continue. If your dog is still manageable, try spending a little one on one time with her. Spend fifteen minutes a day with her, with no one else around, and she might feel a bit better. 

Name: Heather | Date: Jun 20th, 2005 10:23 PM
I have hear of people who take a blanket or sleeper from the baby at the hospital and bring it home to the dog before the baby comes home. That way, the dog knows that the baby belongs in the house. I've also heard you can buy CD's of babies crying so you can play them for the dog. Good luck. 

Name: shaz | Date: Jun 28th, 2005 6:58 AM
I have also heard that it can be a good idea to buy a doll that cries so the dog gets used to having a "baby" around but make sure you also devote one on one time with your dog as well so your dog still feels like part of the family 

Name: Hazel | Date: Jun 28th, 2005 7:10 PM
Thanks for all your suggestions. I'm not due for another few months so I can't give my dog any blankets to sniff just yet, but I will try the baby crying CD's. I've also made more of an effort to spend some one-on-one time with her and it seems to be helping but I worry about being able to devote the same amount of time once the baby is born. And here I thought I wouldn't have to deal with sibling rivalry for a few more years! lol! 

Name: Heather | Date: Jul 4th, 2005 6:32 PM
Hi Hazel, I wrote you on the 20th - we found out on the 23rd that we are pregnant. :-) We have a Golden Retriever (1 yr old) that is spoiled rotten so I, too, have to worry about a jealous puppy. :)

Good luck. 

Name: Pam | Date: Aug 12th, 2005 2:50 AM
I have a rottweiler, who is my baby. I am pregnant right now. In reality animals just like humans get jealous when they lose the attention. My dog got jealous but then i needed to reassure him that no matter what hes still me puppy. I give him attention maybe not as much as before but he accepts that. Hitting an animal is wrong it turn the animal against the baby. Never ever hit it. Just give the dog some attention of if u just can't make the time to pet him and love him you should get rid of him, cause ur neglecting the dog anyways. 

Name: Patricia | Date: Nov 30th, 2005 8:55 PM
Hi...we have a small dog (chihuahua/pug mix) and he is just like a baby. He is 2 years old. He has a passifier and baby blanket of his own. haha I am 27 weeks pregnant and I think he has noticed that my belly is getting bigger now because when lays in my lap he props his head up on my belly hahaha. He also comes up and lays across my belly and props his head up on my breasts. I think it is so sweet. Sometimes the baby kicks him when he is on my belly. One day she kicked him so hard he got up and moved. He is good with other children and really responds to babies crying on TV. He is going to be very jealous and will have a lot of adjusting to do when she is born...due March 1. I have also heard that bringing one of the baby's blankets home early will help the pet get used to the smell. Also, if you have other friends or family that has babies, they should come over and see how your pet reacts. I am going to try to get one of the baby crying CDs also, and see how Teddy (dog) reacts. Take care and good luck with your pregnancy! God Bless. Good luck with your dog! 

Name: ashley | Date: Dec 9th, 2005 4:57 AM

Name: tana | Date: Jan 9th, 2006 2:40 AM
If you still have a while to go then you and your husband can use some of the baby products that you will be using for the baby. I heard a dog trainer say that using the baby powder or shampoo gets the dog used to the smell being part of the family. Also, using the baby cd and playing it often, but very softly will help the dog. You needn't even be able to hear it yourself as they have much more sensitive hearing 

Name: Pete | Date: Jan 17th, 2006 10:53 PM
Its possible..for a dog to be jealous. My male is some times.He's gone from myself and my wife.Then to just me and him for a few years.Now me and the new wife.Now me the new wife and new puppy.( The Idear was i got a woman,So i thort he might want one too,instead of watching us.And i did'nt want him to be old without a girlfriend he could play with)Now's my wife is pregnent.But i make time for just me and him,like he prefers.He's ok with that.And has excepted everything that has happend.. He is a good boy.my Staffordshire Bull Terrier. 

Name: nora | Date: Jan 20th, 2006 3:10 PM
hey pete are you the same guy from the staffordshire thread that exploded into a US vs UK frenzy? If so I wanted to give you some information about the "pricing".. or start a new thread if you care too and i would be happy to help =)

Anywho.. yes dogs can get jealous of the baby.. much like "other siblings" wanting mommy or daddy time.. always spend as much time are you can with your pets to make sure they're not feeling ignorned.. I have a 6 yr old aussie cattle dog/husky mix dog, and he loves to be near me all the time, and has even started to get kinda protective of me when I became pregnant... (he always comes running when i walk into the coffee table and hit my shin or if my back is painful and i start "whining" about it) so to make sure that he wasnt going to get jealous of the baby when he or she gets here... I make sure to let chancey sniff the baby stuff i have now, I have a clean diaper and bottle, baby powder and wipes and some baby clothes/blankets, just so he can get used to the scents and whatnot..
you might want to start doing that Hazel, and even when the baby is born... do "activities" with both the baby and the dog, and even so things with only your dog when the baby is napping, so she feels included and wanted in the family.. 

Name: michelle | Date: Jan 21st, 2006 8:18 PM
im a baby 

Name: Pete | Date: Jan 22nd, 2006 6:35 PM
Hi nora, i would be greatful for any of your input for prices of puppys. I have 4 genuine buyers allready. Our bitch went to the vet last week, got a check up,all is fine. Well over here they like to breed show winning bitches,as well as males. I just have a ch male. Never shown the bitch. But she is kc regestered. Ch male with female, go from 475.00. i dont think i can ask this much. What do you think?? 

Name: Pete. | Date: Jan 22nd, 2006 7:34 PM
Hi Nora, it was my wife who was asking for the help with the prices.Because i told her i dont know.I only know what the pups sold for when both parents were show winners.She did get up set because she only asked for advice,and explained the subject as best as she could. She is not English,she has only been talking english for a little over 12 months.And writing it for mabe 4 to 5 months. So her grammer and spelling is problary not easy to understand. I take care of all what needs to be done for the dogs.(Vet checks ect)I have never had a bitch before,origanaly we brought her for company for our male who was just getting a bit withdrawn from life.And she has picked him up.Made him much more happy. Anyway the people went a bit nuts over what was said.. And as for the flyers, i did leave a few hundred at a ch dog show i was at. "they all were taken" 

Name: Amiee | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 8:19 PM
It is possible that your dog is jealous.If i was you i would give the dog away.I had a lovely big rotweiler a year ago and i was pregnant and when the baby was born i found that my dog was about to kill my baby.I gave that dog away that very minute. 

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