We Have A Surprise!

In my final post of 2017, I said that 2018 would bring lots of new things for my dog Baxter and us. The biggest news is going to be a new baby.

My husband, Matt, and I are expecting our first child in early March.

We’ve been preparing for baby for the last few months and our preparation has absolutely included Baxter.

As we lead up to B(aby)-day, I’m going to be sharing some of the steps we’ve taken to ensure that Mr. B(axter) is as prepared as possible to become a big brother.

Stay tuned for posts about our plan to ensure Bax gets the exercise and attention he needs, introducing dogs to babies for the first time, establishing boundaries for baby and Bax, and more.

I’ve also reached out to some other bloggers, dog lovers, new parents and trainers for their input.

I’m hoping that this series helps other parents-to-be and their furry housemates prepare for the addition of new human housemates.

I’m also hoping to tap into the wisdom of the That Mutt community. There will be lots of opportunities for you to share your advice. I also welcome any questions. If there’s a topic that you’d like me to address in an upcoming post, please feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to find an answer for you.

Read the full series here:

How to prepare your dog for a baby

What questions do you have about preparing your dog for a baby?

Let us know in the comments!

– Julia (and Baxter)

18 thoughts on “We Have A Surprise!”

  1. Just as we train our dogs, we need to train the pregnant couple to go through labor with childbirth classes. I taught childbirth classes for 20 years before I retired. When we train our dogs, we use muscle memory. The same is used when preparing for labor. When you feel contractions of labor, instead of tensing up, you need to practice breathing and relaxing. These techniques should be learned in a childbirth class, and practiced every day with your partner, until it is an automatic response using YOUR muscle memory. Good luck, and make sure you sign up for classes. I am sure Mr. B will be very loving and protective of your baby.

    1. Thanks so much for your advice, Lonni. We just had our pre-natal class this weekend, and breathing was one of the discussions and “interactive” segments. I’m hoping that we will be able to use the lessons we learned in our delivery.

  2. We like to find places,where,we can let our dogs run off Leash but we always,have the leashes with us in case. There are a few places we found if we get there early enough there is no one there. Fortunately we haven’t had any problems. My son takes ours,to play disc golf but it’s always the same people and dogs,so they know each other.

  3. Those pictures of you, baby-in-the-belly, and Mr. Baxter are adorable!!! Congrats on that news and it looks like it won’t be long before baby arrives! I have no doubt you guys will make sure that both baby and dog will be happy!!!

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