As a rule, babies come before dogs. If you've got a particular violent breed or a dog that you know...

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As a rule, babies come before dogs. If you've got a particular violent breed or a dog that you know hates kids, it's sad, but you may need to get rid of the dog if you're expecting. If your dog is simply uneasy, or unused to kids, you can prepare him for the arrival of your baby. How to prep your dog: Take him places with kids - preferably babies. Don't get too near, but hang out, and let your pup see kids and how they act. Introduce your dog to baby sounds before your babe arrives. Baby crying not only drags on parent's nerves but your pet's nerves as well. Tape a pal's baby or find a movie about babies. Play the sounds so your dog can adjust. Grab a doll and play house. This is silly, but works. If you wrap a baby doll in a blanket, and carry it around sometimes, your dog will get used to the sight and he can even investigate the doll. This also allows you some time to set up boundaries; i.e. "NO we don't carry the doll in our teeth." After your baby is born send someone home with a blanket that belongs to the baby - let your dog smell it so he learns about the new baby. See more pet prep tips...  Is my kitty jealous of the new baby get your dog baby-ready

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