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|Barked: Thu May 23, '13 7:03am PST |
|I'm almost eight months pregnant, have two dogs(five year old Beagle and one year old Lab/Border Collie mix), and each dog has bonded individually with me and my fiance. The Beagle, Charlie, has bonded largely with me, listens to me better(albeit, he does still listen to my fiance when I'm not around for the most part), and is more attached and clingy with me. The Lab mix, Ria, has bonded largely with my fiance and is VERY attached to him and DEFINITELY listens better to him, by far.
Honestly? I agree with Sabi, at her age, she's likely pushing boundaries and seeing what she can get away with. And if that's the case, I wouldn't let her get away with it. I agree, keep on top of her, keep working on training with her, put her on time out if she doesn't listen, etc.
But I'd even go an extra step. Instead of having your boyfriend meet her needs, you should. You feed her, not him. You walk her, not him. You train with her(for now). You play with her, etc. You want to show her that you provide these necessities and these things she enjoys, while still holding strong to the fact that she isn't allowed to push those boundaries.
It IS possible for pregnancy to throw a dog off in their training, etc. However, I chalk that up far more to your own emotions, stress, anxiety, etc that they're picking up than just hormones. Dogs are sensitive animals, and they pick up on our energy EASILY, so when something throws us off, it can throw them off too. If our normal routine and normal state of mind is changed(which, with pregnancy being a large adjustment for many, it can be), it can sometimes throw off the dog too. Keep things normal, but start working harder at being the person who does the necessities with her.
If you found out you were pregnant only about a month ago, I'd wait it out and see how things progress with her before I would consider having her stay elsewhere. Deployments can be short or long and can happen frequently or infrequently, and going to a different home every time he's on deployment would cause a lot of unnecessary stress. Ria was only six months old when I found out I was pregnant, and I'm still managing both dogs with little issue. It can absolutely be frustrating at times, but it isn't nearly so difficult as some make it out to be. Ria has also come a long way in her training and will hopefully come even further by the time the baby is here.
My recommendation? Have your trainer help you teach her some really solid commands that will help you when the baby is here, or even just later in pregnancy, such as(going off not knowing what she does know already): Leave it, Stay, Down, Out or Go(leave the room), Drop it, Off, Gentle, etc. There's so many commands you can teach that can HELP you later on. An example: I plan to teach Ria a 'pick it up' command for when I drop things, as it's already difficult for me to bend to pick fallen things up.
Good luck with your puppy and your pregnancy.
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