Dear Family Pet Expert,
Hello. I have 2 Dachshunds and one lab mix. I am due in June and often my husband and I wonder how my Dachshunds specifically will react to the baby because they are very protective and when kids come around they act funny. For instance, my one dachshund likes to "hump" little kids when they come around. I am not sure what that really means, but then my female dachshund does not want anything to do with kids.
What do you recommend for introducing new babies to dachshunds? Your advice is very much appreciated.
Hello and thank you for inquiring. Mounting behavior is an attempt to show dominance (when not for mating) but indicates insecurity when inappropriately displayed. I would strongly advise reinforcing obedience commands that you have practiced. I would also suggest you visit www.familypaws.com for the Dogs & Storks program to help prepare the family dog for the new arrival. Dogs that mount children often have insecurity about leadership in the adults in the home. Leadership is respected behavior by the people in the family but is not represented by any physical force, rather very clear structure and boundaries set by the people the dog loves. Without boundaries set the dog may respond inappropriately and problems will arise.
For information that will be helpful please visit www.familypaws.com, www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com and www.doggonesafe.com to learn more about safey and the family dog. Learning about dog body language will help you to become familiar with the subtle cues your dogs offer all the time. This will help you to recognize stress or discomfort with situations where children or infants are involved.
I hope that you find this information helpful. Congratulations and thank you so much for looking towards a solution and successful life with dogs and kids!
Jennifer Shryock, creator of Dogs & Storks™ DVD and national program, is a stay-at-home Mother of four and a certified dog behavior consultant, specializing in safe Kid and K9 interaction. Believing the relationship between dogs and their family is precious, Jennifer created her business, Family Paws to offer opportunities to families to enhance their relationship with their dog/s. Jennifer uses only positive dog and kid friendly techniques that anyone can perform in their own home. Jennifer's combination of passion and experience as a parent, special education teacher and certified dog behavior consultant allows her to connect and support families in a unique way.
Jennifer is certified through the International association of animal behavior consultants, and maintains professional membership with Association of pet dog trainers. Jennifer is also the U.S. rep for Doggone safe, a non profit organization dedicated to dog safety. Jennifer has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and Dog fancy as well as been a popular guest various radio programs.
Jennifer and family share their home with 4 rescued dogs. Carin mal/shep mix, Bailey, siberian husky, Duke, German shepherd, Windsor, pit bull and 5 cats.