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HI Everyone!

My wife and I are expecting our first child in February. We are, of course, extremely excited/anxious/everything else...

Now our 1yr old beagle girl Boone is a big part of our family and I want to do everything I can to make sure we bring our newborn home to a safe, stable environment, and that Boone learns to love the child as much as we will.

I've been told to bring a blanket home from the hospital first so Boone will be at least introduced to the smell. But aside from that, I'm not sure exactly what I should do aside form just roll with it.

What are your experiences (both good and bad) with bringing home a new baby to meet a beagle?

Keep in mind that Boone is an energetic little 1 year old, still very much a puppy I would say. I'm simply looking for advice to help make sure everyone is safe and happy...
 

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Well, congratulations on your soon to be new addition to the family! That is wonderful.

I don't have experience with this but would love to hear others' experiences.
 

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I also have an interest in this topic, as we are expecting our first child around the first week of April. We have a 3yr old and a 1 1/2yr old beagle. We talked to our vet about it, and she gave us a little pamphlet about bringing home a baby to a home with dogs. It seems that as long as your dogs are well trained, and you leash them indoors for the first few days until everyone is comfortable, fairly easy. But this is a pamphlet... I was hoping to hear some real experiences.

~Nick
 

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I've heard about the taking a blanket home to introduce a dog to a newborn's scent before. Let me know how it goes, we're expecting our bundle of joy in July and plan on doing the same thing.
 

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It's a population explosion at BEAGLE WORLD! No we are not expecting anything but maybe a new dil or a puppy, can't decide which I want more.

Good luck all of you....I want pictures of new babies --- beagles and humans.
 

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Originally Posted By: cobismom
Good luck all of you....I want pictures of new babies --- beagles and humans.
A big DITTO here !!!! Congratulations everyone !!!
 

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A friend of mine tried to get their dog ready for baby by buying a doll about a month before the baby was due, wrapping it in a blanket and carrying it around the house, treating it like a real baby. At first their dog thought it was a toy, but they very quickly taught her that baby was NOT a toy-no biting, nipping, chewing and they even taught her to recognize the world gentle and associate it with certain behaviors around the baby. I'm not sure if this would work for every dog (theirs was a beagle/yellow lab mix), but it definitely worked for them. Lila was the best dog ever for all three of their children.
 
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