Dog Mom turned Mom

Dog Mom turned Mom

For any dog moms that are expecting, no matter how sweet and well behaved your fur babies are, I recommend not making the same mistakes we did. Jasper is such a loving and sweet girl and had always been great with small kids so we didn’t worry about bringing a baby into the mix. We didn’t do anything to prepare her, and what we did do we did terribly wrong. Jasper loves Owen. No, she LOVES Owen. She is obsessed with Owen. She thinks Owen is her pup. Sounds cute, but it has been a huge problem, especially in the beginning. I didn’t know that dogs claiming babies as their own was a thing. Apparently it is, and we did everything to encourage it. We have plenty of friends with dogs and babies and never heard of anyone having this issue. I would have been worried if I had an aggressive dog, but Jasper is the opposite. We had heard that you should bring a blanket home to the dog with the baby’s scent before introducing the baby. So we did that. My mom brought home his blanket and let Jasper lay on it. When we brought him home we encouraged her to come over and smell him, and thought it was cute when she kissed him. But then she wouldn’t stop kissing him. She would jump on us while we were holding him to try and get to him. She would rush to him if he made any noise and would bite us if we tried to pull her away. She had never bit us before. We were exhausted and just trying to figure out how to care for this new little guy and didn’t need the added stress of fighting off our dog. We started googling and realized she had claimed him as her pup. We found lots of suggestions on how to prevent this from happening but nothing on what to do now. Our first big mistake was the blanket. Apparently you’re supposed to bring the blanket to let them smell from a distance, but you’re not supposed to let them touch it. Also, we never should have let her get close enough to lick him. I cried when we had to bring Jasper to my mom’s to stay for a few days until we could try and reverse what we had done. Aaron and I took turns going over there for an hour to work with her and try and train her to avoid his scent and ignore his cries. It was going well. We brought her back home. It did not go well. We spent several days working with her at home and taking her back to her Grammy’s at night when she got to be too much. I’d like to report that with time she got over it and everything is perfect now, unfortunately that is not the case. She is still utterly obsessed with him. It did get better though. We learned how to deal with her. Now she stays mostly relaxed as long as he’s not screaming or his toes aren’t dangling down tempting her to lick them. It was a rough journey (I’m pretty sure Owen’s first words will be “No Jasper!”); but just like everything else about being a new parent, you learn to adapt. I’m not sure how many dogs react this way. Maybe it’s only female dogs. Maybe it’s only dogs who have had a litter taken away. When we found Jasper she was in rough shape and had recently had a litter. We suspect she was part of a puppy mill and was bred and dumped. Either way, it’s something to be aware of if you’re a dog mom expecting a human baby. We should have trained her better before the baby arrived. We should have made sure she knew commands like “NO” and “OFF”, and would listen to us not just when she felt like it. She’s a good dog, she’s always been a good dog. We were just lazy dog parents that didn’t commit to her training. Don’t make the same mistake.

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