It’s been a couple of months since I gave an update on our two pups and how they are doing with our new addition.
Our rat terrier is still apathetic towards the little boy. I think the only thing she realizes is how much he encroaches on her snuggle time with Michael. Any time he is sitting on the couch, holding our son, she insists on getting up there with them. She will even let the boy give her a few pats on the head if it means she can be sitting on Michael’s lap.
Our blue heeler has taken a more active role. When I’m feeding Sam, he comes into the nursery just to check on us, then goes to sit on his chair in the library (it has become his chair). He has gotten a bit adventurous with the kisses (and I have wipes on hand now). He mostly loves to go for the hands, and Sam has responded by attempting to grab his tongue. Yes, lots of handwashing and monitoring during these interactions.
Sam obviously is responding more to the dogs. He notices when they walk in front of him or sit beside him. He’s still hesitant to reach out and touch, but he has been pretty gentle so far. I look forward to teaching him the right ways to interact with these puppies. I continue to hope he loves them as much as I do.
It’s the number one question I get. So, I thought I would answer that question.
For our rat terrier, the boy is nothing special. She hasn’t shown much interest in him, only a few sniffs here and there. The one time she does notice his presence is when our lap is full. It’s a new experience for her, being that she has been in our family for over 10 years. She’s not used to sharing, but if we give her a bit of attention at some point during the day (and keep her food coming), she is adjusting well.
For our blue heeler, it has been a little different. Teddy is a newer addition, himself. So, he was a lot more curious. Whenever he can get the chance, he loves to kiss the boy’s feet, and sometimes even noses his head. And Teddy is so gentle in general, so I’m not worried. In fact, I am looking forward to the two of them becoming best buds (and getting into all sorts of trouble, I’m sure).
I feel like we lucked out in the canine department. I’m so glad the transition is going so well. Of course, we are always vigilant and never leave them in the room together unsupervised. As gentle as my dogs are, I’m not going to assume they know all baby etiquette right away.
We did bring home the blanket from the hospital so they could smell him before seeing him. That is the most recommended way to introduce a new baby to your fur babies. But I think it’s also in knowing the temperament of your dogs and being vigilant during their interactions.
Have you ever had to make these kinds of introductions? How did they go?