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Posted in Child Care on 7th May 2012

New baby coming and Black Lab is acting strange?
I am 5 1/2 months pregnant with our third child and our 1 year old Lab is starting to act strange. We are still giving him the same amount of attention we always have and have even started trying to get him used to what it will be like to have a small child in the house( sounds of baby crying, one of us holding a doll and “caring” for it ect). He just seems to be nervous all the time inside now. He is great with our two older children(6&3) but has never been around a baby. His actions are starting to worry me. What is causing this and how can we make it better?
He paces around the house, refuses to eat/drink while he is in and just can’t seem to relax, he is just fine when he is outside though. He is not sick, we have taken him to a vet and he has asured us that he is in perfect health.

Best answer(s):

Answer by buterfly_2_lovely
A nervous dog is a dangerous dog. This is not a DIY or internet information question.

You need to seek out an experienced behaviorist or trainer.

Answer by Mel H
Maybe the dog is only picking up on your own tension and behaving as he is because of it? What exactly is he doing? Might he not be feeling well?

Answer by Sarah
The dog is probably picking up on your tension. I had 2 labs when my daughter was born (one under 1 yr) and they were great with her. The last few months of my pregnancy, they both paced and seemed a little off. They wouldn’t leave me alone and couldn’t be still for long periods of time.

You might want to consider new baby dog training. The trainer will help you help the dog with the transition. Your vet can probably recommend a trainer in your area that deals with major transitions.

Labs are great baby-sitter dogs! Mine would let me know the baby was waking up before the baby cried and would sit with her until she was alright and sleeping again.

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