Resources For families with dogs and babies!

Friday, December 5, 2008


Ever wonder what your dog thinks about your pregnancy? Well, it is safe to say that they notice some changes. Things like scent changes due to rushes of hormones early on can tip your dog off to your changes ahead. Even before you take that test, your dog may have seemed more clingy, whiny or been extra sniffy towards you and others in the home. I was reminded of this as I have recently found out we are expecting our 4th baby this July. As the creator of Dogs & Storks I am excited to walk through the steps our fmaily takes during our pregnancy to better help you along the way. 2 of our dogs did not appear any different but our foster shepherd became extra whiny days before I knew. He was driving me nuts whining and whining nonstop while I was at my computer. I do not know for sure if it was due to this was a change that I noticed.
So, I hope you will join me on my journey as I go through the 9 months ahead of me. This will indeed be a learning opportunity for me and you as well!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby scooching (youtube)

Young crawlers often make dogs uncomfortable. It is important to always control the touch of a baby this age when interacting with dogs. Notice the dog moving away. This is perfect and a good cue for parents to notice and then reward the dog and remove the baby. If the child continues to pursue the dog after he has moved away (tentatively turning to look at baby as he is doing) then the dog will become increasingly uncomfortable.

Baby and dog You tube

What would make baby and dog more comfortable is "Guided touch" wher Mom holds the baby's hand and with her hand over the baby's hand then touches the dog. This way it is more controlled and guided vs. jerky and uncertain.
What a typical cavalier to be so licky.