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16th June 2011, 01:54 PM
hi. i am 3 months pregnant and i have a 3 and half yr old cav who has been my shadow since i got him. i have noticed over the last 2 months that he is spending less time with me and more with my hubbie. in the evening time he would normally jump up on the couch with me for a cuddle while watching tv. now he is sitting on hubbies feet shooting me dirty looks :lol: i think he can sense a big change is coming. he is great with my nephews and loves playing with them. is there any tips that you guys could give me that would make him feel(and me :o) that im not fogetting about him.
16th June 2011, 02:18 PM
I have been convinced ( since watching Lassie as a young boy ) that dogs in general do have another sense..almost a pre-emptive sense.
Your dog can sense that big changes are afoot.
Never underestimate the power of the canine mind !
All will be good once a new routine is established me thinks.
16th June 2011, 07:38 PM
I'm sure it will be fine...he probably smells all the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy (and isn't thrilled with the prospects or changes, poor puppy). I didn't have any issues with our dog (we had a Cardi at the time) but the cats...I couldn't get them off of me, during my pregnancy or after (my sister had the same problem, lol)!
There are lots of good articles about acclimating a pet for bringing home a newborn- if I can find one, I'll post it for you (it's been a while since I needed it ;) ). Be prepared for lots of these looks:
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'M NOT THE BABY ANYMORE???
(Rose's reaction when we brought home a foster kitten last week, lol)
16th June 2011, 08:58 PM
... is there any tips that you guys could give me that would make him feel(and me :o) that im not fogetting about him.
Be the only source of his food.
16th June 2011, 11:11 PM
I know when my sister was pregnant, they got a baby doll for their lab to get used to. Don't think cavaliers will have same issues. her husband brought a baby blanket home from the hospital to get used to the smell.
I do think dogs have a 6th sense. I will say I have friends that the poor dogs don't get much attention when the baby comes. I think usually the "baby" is the dog at first. It reminds me of Lady and the Tramp.
I'm sure it just will take getting used to and then they will become inseperable too.
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17th June 2011, 04:17 PM
I'm pregnant, too, and my 3 Cavaliers and English Bulldog (my husband's dog!) are still as all over me as always!! :) But, I have been very sick since I've been pregnant (all day morning sickness) so have been spending a bit more time laying around, which, of course, they love! :) I actually hired a dog walker to come take them for long walks bc I just haven't felt up to it and I didn't think they were getting enough exercise in our fenced yard.
Anyway, I am curious to see how they will react with the baby. I am thinking they will mostly ignore him/her except for Scarlett-- any time friends have been over with babies, she is absolutely mesmerized and just sits as close to them as she can and stares at them! It's really cute.
Good luck with your pregnancy-- big changes are coming, aren't they?? :)
17th June 2011, 04:29 PM
I'm sorry you are not feeling well. I know nothing about pregnancy but I've heard that those that are more sick during pregnancy end up having the calmest babies. Easy pregnancy, the babies are difficult and make up for the calmest before. I know its not true but I hope you feel better. I do think it would be worth reading about newborns and dogs. We know Cavaliers are pretty much great with babies but it might help with adjustments? You know how cavaliers are, they can tell when you don't feel well.
17th June 2011, 04:41 PM
Thank you, Anne! I hope that is true that I will have a calm baby! ;-) My doctor says it's a good sign to be so sick- but she may be trying to make me feel better! LOL
I will definitely read up on how to help the pups adjust. Someone asked me what I was planning to do with all 4 dogs when the baby was born and were we going to keep them all?!! Of course we are!! I love every one of my pups (even the drooly, snorty Bulldog!!) and could never give any of them up!
21st June 2011, 10:05 AM
thanks for the replies. the funny thing is when i had morning sickness he use to sit outside the bathroom door and wait for me :) but once i came back out he'd be gone. He is my baby and i fell in love with him the minute he came home so i do all the walks, grooming and meal times. i think thats probably why i felt "jealous" when my hubbie became his new best pal :cry*ing:my sister had new born twins the year we got him and he'd just sit at the end of the pram for ages. ive heard of people bringing home a piece of clothing that the baby has worn so they get use to the smell. hopefully he comes to his sences soon and realises im much better to be friends with then my hubbie as i give better cuddles :jmp2:
21st June 2011, 03:26 PM
I didn't have a Cavalier when I was pregnant but I will tell you my German Shepard changed a lot at first. She was about 4 years old & had always gotten my full attention. She had always been by my side and went just about everywhere with me. As my pregnancy progressed she started willingly spending more time in her kennel. (With the door open. It is her safe place whenever she is nervous. I think she knew something was about to change) She has always been a VERY sensitive dog. I adopted her at 4 months and she was very shy. When I first brought my son home she was terrified and avoided me & him at all costs. The sound of a crying baby would send her running to the far end of the house hiding. This went on for about 2 months. I think it was mainly because she had never been around a baby before. Once I started to take her on regular walks with us (pushing the stroller) she slowly started coming around. It was slowly but surely. I really do think the walks with the baby helped her so much. By the time my son was crawling she was comfortable with him. Then, by the time he was walking they were best buds! Now that he is 2 1/2 they are partners in crime . LOL
21st June 2011, 03:38 PM
Lovely photos! What is the little creature standing beside your son's feet in the middle photo? I'm amazed that your Shepherd isn't trying to eat it :yikes
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