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- March 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm #251264Guest
What you are experiencing with your dog is not unusual. A little training and you all can be happy together.
First you need to remember that dogs are pack animals and that they will act agressive to anyone that isn’t part of that pack. Ergo…baby. Your beagle needs to be made aware that baby is part of the pack.
One way to do this is to get your dogs favorite blanket or toy and put it with your baby for a few days so it can aquire the baby’s scent. Then give it to your dog so that the dog can associate the smell onher things with the baby.
Give your dog some undivided attention daily so she doesn’t feel she has to compete with the baby for your attention.
Geta neighborhood kidto come over and spend some time with your dog to giveher additional attention.
Find an activity that you, the dog and baby can do together -like taking a walk. This wayyour dog associates good things happen with baby.
Dogs constantly want training and praise. You may have to go back and do some basic training.Another thing that you can do is get a squirt bottle and put a little vinegar in it and when your dog starts to get aggressive spray her in the face and tell her no! She will get the idea.
After she backs away make her sit or something and thenpraise her and give her a treat. You have to do this in such a way that you reward her for the sit and she doesn’t think for the agression. It would be like yelling at her to get out of the streetand when she doesyou are so relieved that you hug and tell her good girl.
She will now think that going into the street is a good thing.
Try and include the dog in as many things as you can. When you go into the baby’s room say “come on let’s go get the baby” in a high excited voice. I think you get the idea.
Always reward for good behavior, her favorite treat, a belly rub etc.
As a last resortbuy a muzzle. Put it on her when she is around the baby to ensure baby’s safety.
Hope this helps.
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