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HELP! Six weeks until baby arrives-What to do with Otto & Emme

I am about six weeks away from my due date and we have Otto who is 14 months old and Emme who is 5 months old. They both still have plenty of bad behaviors but we are really trying to work with them. They still get into a lot of things (like much of the new stuff we received from the baby shower) and they bark at EVERYONE and EVERYTHING! They are also pretty clingy, especially to me. I am a teacher so I am home for the summer but I can't move around as easily and play/walk them for long periods of time.

I am looking for tips on how to get them ready for the baby's arrival (around the first week of September). Otto is very observant and gets into everything in the baby's room where Emme just likes to stand over the AC vent for a cool breeze or chew on her tail. However, I am sure she will be affected by the baby too.

Since we just got Emme on May 3rd, her and Otto still seem to be working out their own relationship/dynamics and I am just starting to get worried and a little nervous about the baby's arrival.

Thanks so much for any input/advice!!
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I think you first need to decide how to put the baby thing somewhere the fur kids won't get them. They are still young dogs, and of course have the urge to chew. They can't decipher good baby gifts from garbage if you get my drift ! Posh loves Merrick Flossies and bully sticks. I have small kids and Posh really loves chewing on Barbie legs and many of our Polly Pocket dolls are now teaching my children about folks who are disabled. I really encourage the kids to pick up their toys, and if she chews the stuff, any stuff, it is OUR fault not hers. She isn't being naughty...she's being a puppy, which you have two of!

The flossies and bully sticks are really good because unlike rawhide they are completely digestible.

Also, can anyone (your husband) or both of you until baby comes take puppy/obedience classes with your dogs? I would highly recommend you do this, even if one of you has to go on two different nights. The dogs should preferably be trained separately. This is really going to help you learn to stop "bad behavior." Also, it is a great way to bond with your dog and it sets aside time where you are focused on them.

A well trained dog is well loved dog.

Lastly, do your dogs have free reign of you entire house at all times? If so, I think this might be overwhelming for you and for them as you prepare for your baby. You might want to think about having them be in the places where you are most of the time so they can be with their human and you can still make sure they're not getting into anything.

I do hope you have someone to help you. Two dogs and a new baby is a lot for you to do on your own. Best wishes to you! And, I hope you find something that works well for you. Keep us posted!
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I am about six weeks away from my due date and we have Otto who is 14 months old and Emme who is 5 months old. They both still have plenty of bad behaviors but we are really trying to work with them. They still get into a lot of things (like much of the new stuff we received from the baby shower) and they bark at EVERYONE and EVERYTHING! They are also pretty clingy, especially to me. I am a teacher so I am home for the summer but I can't move around as easily and play/walk them for long periods of time.

I am looking for tips on how to get them ready for the baby's arrival (around the first week of September). Otto is very observant and gets into everything in the baby's room where Emme just likes to stand over the AC vent for a cool breeze or chew on her tail. However, I am sure she will be affected by the baby too.

Since we just got Emme on May 3rd, her and Otto still seem to be working out their own relationship/dynamics and I am just starting to get worried and a little nervous about the baby's arrival.

Thanks so much for any input/advice!!
I agree with Posh you will definetly have your hands full and hope you will have help. It probably going to be hard on the 5month old since since she is only a baby herself.

Good luck and can't wait to see pictures of your new arrival.

Hugs and have a Hava day!
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Paul does training for HRI Rescue dogs...perhaps you could contact him for advice.

http://www.dogsbestfriendofcentralflorida.com/index.htm

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A doula

You could hire a doula to help you with both the baby and the puppies. Even a mommy's helper would be good. Some who could take the pups for long walks and tire them out, we have dog sitters who come in for a few hours a day...many have training experience.

Are you in any local havanese club? You might find some support there...

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