New Baby and Your Labrador

I have a 6 year Black Labrador who has decided to start acting out since I’ve become pregnant. I’m due any day now and she continues to take things (dirty clothes, blankets, dog beds) and pees on them.


We have ruled out all medical issues. She is my little shadow and is of course very sensitive. I really want her involved with the baby and think she will make a great big sister. She is great with all children and babies she has been around. Has this happened to anyone else and will it end when she sees that I am no longer pregnant and back to normal.

Tips for Bringing a Baby Home

Start Taking Action. Nine months is plenty of time to work through most issues with your Labrador. Smooth out any small problems you may be having. If necessary, hire a professional to work with you. You will appreciate the work you put in now when you bring your newborn home to a calm, well-behaved Labrador.

Watch Your Emotions: You may feel excited, anxious, or worried and those emotions can be copied by your Labrador.

The  baby’s scent: Bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth, from the hospital before bringing home the baby.

Establish clear boundaries: Teach your Labrador to understand that there is an invisible barrier that she may not cross without your permission. Eventually, you can allow your Lab to explore and sniff certain things in the room—with your supervision. Then you decide when she needs to leave. Repeat a few times before the baby arrives. This will let your dog know that this room belongs to her new sibling.

The introduction. Start by taking your Labrador on a long walk to drain all of your Lab’s energy. Before returning, wait at the door step; make sure your Labrador is calm before inviting her in. Upon entering, your Lab will instantly know there is a new scent in the house. Since you have already introduced the scent, it will be somewhat familiar. Make sure you are calm too. Your Labrador should be allowed to sniff the baby, but not too close during this first meeting. Eventually, your Lab can be allowed to get closer and closer to the baby.

Don’t forget about your Labrador:  Just simply maintain the routine, providing daily walks and consistent leadership. This will help your Lab feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family.

What Tips Do You Have?

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8 Responses

  1. itsalabthing

    Keeping your Labrador Included through the process.

  2. Steve Blanton on Facebook

    Our 3 Year Old Lab was very gentle and loving when My daughter brought our new Granddaughter Home from the Hospital and Taryn now 5 years old still has a strong and loving relationship with Riliegh (RiRi) the Yellow Lab.

  3. Emmy VandenLangenberg

    She is nesting!! She is getting ready for the baby as well. We had a very clingy goldador who would chew up anything that belonged to the last person that left the house. When the baby humans came home he was their protector. He alerted us to anything out of the ordinary. Never chewed again. She is just adjusting to the changing environment and they feed off of our hormones, pheromones,and behaviors. Be patient, you will need to hug the dog, way more in the future for your own sanity.

  4. Linda Brown on Facebook

    I had no problems with my dogs, I let them smell a recieivng blanket I had the baby in first, then I nonchalently brought the baby in the room, and made sure the dog got some attention too.

  5. Cathy

    My son has had his daughter and grand baby move in with him and his yellow lab Zack has become very jealous. While he is great with the baby, she crawls all over him and he just takes it, he will chew her toys up if he gets them. I will go over to their house and spend time with him. I have a chocolate that is not as calm and is only allowed around the small kids when she can be supervised. She loves them but at 21/2 she has not yet learned to control her self. Zack has been around small children for short periods but has never had to share HIS people for so long. Make sure he knows that you still love him and yours will adjust with time and patience.

  6. Jodie

    Out two freaked out a bit when I came home from the hospital. I read a great book called ‘tell your dog you’re pregnant’. I highly recommend it. Our little one is 11 months old and I totally trust our boys with him but they are boof heads at times so I don’t leave them alone because they can easily knock him over. Good luck, its a wonderful thing to see your children interact with your fur babies. One thing that’s important, try to get a routine of what you think you will do with bub, ie walking every second day, if all if a sudden they don’t get walked as much they associate the change with bub.

  7. Mike Hayden

    My wife’s labs, Jack and Rose, were shadows when her daughter was pregnant. After the baby came, Rose used to sleep under the crib. After we got married and the dogs came to live with us, they would still take the same protective stance (laying down between the bed and the door) when ever any of our grand kids would come to spend the night. When the new baby arrived and was sleeping on his blanket, Rose would sleep as close to him as she could get.