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Dog jelous of 8month baby
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unicornchaser · 23/06/2019 07:23

Can anyone give any advice? I have a 3 year old retriever who was the baby of the family until my little boy came along 8 months ago. He is very jelous of the baby and tries to push his way in when I am playing with the baby.
I have been trying to get him used to the baby touching and stroking him as I know it is inevitable that once mobile he is going to try and get to the dog himself. The dog is having none of it.

He is also very scared of friends toddlers yet he will pace around in the room rather than just taking himself off to a quiet space.

What can I do to help him accept the baby and toddlers?!
I don't want to shut him out the room as he will start to associate the kids as a negative thing because he gets shut away so could become even worse!

In general he is a wonderful natured dog with older kids and adults, it's just 'flighty' toddlers.....

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Surfskatefamily · 23/06/2019 07:27

This sounds like a dangerous situation to me. The pacing is a big red warning.

Personally i would get a safety gate to separate dog and baby, it only takes a second for the dog to attack.

It is safer to help them make friends when your child is bigger. You cannot ignore the warnings you dog is giving you

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Surfskatefamily · 23/06/2019 07:30

Just to add that i wouldnt let my toddler freely play around a friends dog who acted like that. Im sorry this isnt likely the answer you wanted but your dog will get used ti being separated.
You can give him extra cuddles and attention on walks and after baby goes to bed

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Sittinonthefloor · 23/06/2019 07:32

The only thing that really matters is your baby’s safety.

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages · 23/06/2019 08:08

I would put the dog in an adjoining room with a baby gate separating him so he can still see you without being harassed by toddlers. At the same time, give him something AWESOME to do - a stuffed kong, a puzzle toy, even a game of fetch with you standing on the other side of the gate.

That way everyone's safe and the dog gets something he considers to be fantastic

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unicornchaser · 23/06/2019 08:35

Ok thanks for responses, I have an unused dining room off the main living room so I will put his bed in there and start teaching him to take himself off into there when the babies are around, and make it a baby free space just for him.

I didn't want him to see it as a punishment but if I make it his escape place then it's his little calm rather than locked away.

Thanks

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