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Hi All. I wanted to ask a question of everyone becasue I know that we have a lot of families here and I know that they all started off as babies. I am concerned that when the new baby arrives Radar may become not receive as much attention from Dovanna as he does now. He's very attached to her and ever since she became pregnant he's been at her side through it all. I worry sometimes because My Supervisor at work had to get rid of his Jack Russel and Cat because the dog became aggressive and the cat, well we all know the stories about cats and babies. I just don't want Radar to become a disobedient Havanese. He doesn't listen sometimes and I don't want him to get nippy with the baby or become a nasty little Hav because at the first signs of this I will strongly have to intervene. Any stories or advice would be great.

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Does Radar see You and Dovanna as his pack leader(boss) or just Dovanna? If both of you are viewed as pack leader,great-----if it is just Dovaana,then it'll take her to do it.I think if you take a small receiving blanket and put the baby scent on it when the baby is born and use that to introduce the scent of the baby to Radar,that'll help. Then right from the start when the baby comes home,give him his boundaries....how close he can approach etc. you'll be off on the right foot----but be consistant and firm.....that's hard with a hav,but you'll have a better hav if you do follow through.

Really what you are doing is giving the scent and boundary to Radar before the baby comes home.

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Good Idea. Actually I'm the alpha when it comes to Radar. Dovanna is more trained by Radar that he is by her. She basically does everything for him and treats Radar almost like an equal. I give him boundaries, no jumping and no cuddles until I get my shoes off when I get home. She has begun to do the same but she has no consistency. I don't like him to have his chew toys on the couch, whereas Dovanna doesn't care. She doesn't see the need to set any boundaries for Radar which is why she was giving him water at night and not telling me. I know how to train dogs but she doesn't feel the need to give him restrictions. I know I will have to be the bad guy here.

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My Havs have not been around babies, but when my babies were born, I had a Llaso Apso. That dog made sure that I took good care of the babies. She was the first one to the babies door when he wimpered and sat by me the entire time I nursed the babies. She didn't sleep while I nursed either, she watched to make sure that I was doing it right.
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I don't know much about this, but I have heard that if you can you should play sounds of babies crying at different times during the day to get the dog used to the sound even if it is in the middle of the night.


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That's Sweet. My Wife will be breast feeding which makes it even more imperative that Radar is not on the bed at all. He may not appreciate that which is too bad. I'm not sure how Radar will be with the baby but I hope that all goes well. He seems to be a pretty affectionate Hav which goes without saying of course. He's a big sucky baby most of the time. I'm pretty sure that it'll be a positive experience. Radar is pretty obedient with me most of the time.

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I know I will have to be the bad guy here.

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You may be surprised. Once the baby is born Dovana's motherly instincts could kick in pretty hard and she may become more firm with Radar.

Has Radar been around children much?
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Yeah Dovanna may become more firm with him which would be a nice change. Radar has been around children but usually the same ones. He has not really been around many new children but will probably warm up to them once he gets used to the new surroundings.

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Derek, I don't have any tips or advice but just want to wish you, Dovonna and Radar all the best with the new baby.

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We are working on this issue right now because we will be grandparents in December. My daughter has 2 Dachshunds and with my 2 dogs, we really need to make sure everything is OK. Someone suggsted using baby oil and baby lotion in place of our usual handcreams so they become familiar with that scent and associate with a baby. Baby dolls have also been suggested. Use a baby doll the same way you would if it was a real baby, so they get used to it being around.


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