Preparing Frankie

As my belly swells by the day, I've noticed that Frankie no longer launches herself on it when I'm lying on the couch, like she used to. I wonder if it's because she knows that there's a baby inside? And more importantly, I am curious to find out how Frankie will respond when she meets baby.
I know that Frankie doesn't like sharp shrills and high pitched sounds that babies and children make, so I've been preparing her in the last few months by playing sound clips of babies crying while feeding her some of her favourite liver treats. My friend pissed himself laughing when I told him but it actually works. Frankie's initial reaction to the cries was to bark ferociously but after she realised the strange noises are usually accompanied by lots of yummy treats for her, she began to make a positive association. These days she doesn't even blink when she hears a baby's cries.

Did you have to introduce a pet to a baby? How did you do it? I would love to hear your experiences and will be grateful for any tips or advice.

49 Responses to Preparing Frankie

Ananka said...

That's such a good idea. I don't have children, but I've read up on how to prepare your pets for the baby. I was just interested, lol maybe for the future...!

I've got 3 cats, I think they would be harder to prepare. I think dogs are better with these things.

I'm glad she's doing well with it all :-) and she's such a lovely looking dog too :-D

Ice Pandora said...

Well I'm not quite a dog
whisper but I think Frankie
knows/feels something! I
hope you are doing alright!
Stay healthy!

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oomph. said...

my dogs were outside when my kids came along, but i think you are on the right track!

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Satu said...

Wow great technique ! :) And, congratulations to your whole family. ♥

nancy said...

I am so excited for you! What a wonderful idea to train Frankie... and what a cute dog!

I hope you're doing well :)

Peta said...

our dog is a bit part of our family - we're only hoping he accepts the new baby and purely wants to be his older 'brother'

Naturally Carol said...

Frankie is so beautiful Trishie! I think dogs have an instinct for these times and I think Frankie will be wonderful with a baby around...he looks very intelligent.

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frankie is sooo cuteeeee!!!! gods are so smart, it amazes me!

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Chai Chen said...

Awww sweet! I know Frankie will love it when the baby comes :) Never done it but it's a good idea to prep a dog for a baby :)

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Frankie must have some sense of what's happening. I bet she's gonna be come best friends with the baby :)

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Chloe Moon said...

Wow what a great idea!! I never thought of training a doggie like that! Aww Frankie really is a cutie! =)

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Our Neck of the Woods said...

Frankie is so cute! I think animals can definitely sense things, especially a baby growing in your belly :)

It is genius how you are getting her used to baby sounds! Pairing them with treats makes so much sense. I hope it works for you!

Natalie G said...

Aw such a cute dog you have there, he and the babe will get along just fine i'm sure :)

Mother Down Under said...

Congratulations!
And I think that somehow pets react differently when it is "their" baby...they seem to know.
I actually wrote a post on how to prepare pets...after some initial hesitation on the part of our dog, they now get along famously!
http://motherdownunder.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/your-pregnancy-week-21-preparing-pets.html

My Garden Diaries said...

Your pup is adorable! What a sweetie! That is a wonderful idea! I was in the hospital for around 2 1/2 days with all of my kids so the hubs brought blankets home from the hospital with the baby's smell on it. What an exciting time for you...enjoy every second!!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Hee hee, Frankie is so cute. I didn't do any sort of training thing; I just left them be and they accepted it quite matter of factly. I remember when baby Ro came home, she was lying in a moses basket on the floor, and all the animals came and looked at her. Then they just wandered back to their usual lives lol.

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

First and foremost, Frankie is so cute!
I admire the way you're preparing Frankie for the baby's coming. I think that's really sweet.

Cass @foodmyfriend said...

I'm sure they sense these things. Animals aren't given enough credit. She has such a gorgeous face!

Gillian said...

We don't have a dog so I can't offer you any advice, but the fact that you are thinking about this already is great. What a good idea to prepare Frankie to react positively to the sound of a crying baby. x

lizchewy said...

What you are doing sounds like a pretty good way. I don't have small children in my family so I don't really now how it should be done. Good luck~~

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Beauty Box said...

Yeah it is a worry about pets who were there before the bub. But most friends and family who have gone through that usu come out fine. Cats are a lot harder. My sis-in-law covers the cot with a net so the cat knows she's not allowed in, but so far even though the cat is jealous, somehow she knows the baby is a very important person. They hope that the cat and the baby will be friends eventually :) I think dogs are so much more accepting and loving though!!

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Sasha D said...

Pretty puppy dog :) I'm sure they sense something :) they're very intuitive.

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MaysaAndSunshine said...

How brilliant the way you prepare your sweet dog for a new change. Believe it or not, animals do have good instinct. When i was pregnant (and i didnt know yet), one of my cats just wouldnt leave me alone. She was like a glue which was strange. It is always a doubt how ypur pet will interact to a new baby but i think most pets do well over time. It is a shock to them at the beginning but they will eventually adjust.

Christina Chen said...

haha, that's hilarious! You'd be surprised, dogs are smart enough to understand that babies are little humans that are part of the family. Frankie shouldn't have problems adapting. Our dog is usually a vicious and mean chihuahua, but is very tender and gentle around our little one :)

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Down by the sea said...

We also had a male dachshund when my son was born. Our dog had never had much contact with babies and was very curious the first time he heard my son cry.What a good idea to get Frankie used to the sound. The dog seem to realize almost immediately that this strange thing was part of the family. I think it is important to let let the dog feel excluded from what you are doing. They came great friends and the children were quite gentle with the dog too even when toddlers!
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Winnie said...

That is such a good idea! I've never had pets but I can see how this is an important thing for Frankie to learn. so interesting!

Sam said...

Hi Lovely, thanks for your kind visit! I think dogs are more welcoming to babies and children than other pets, I've seen with other families and they really share in the love and happiness of another little family member.

lucent imagery said...

I don't have any children as you know, but I'm a bit of a dog behaviour nerd. I was thinking you could also have your husband throw things without warning across the room and when out on walks and give her treats. Because in the future that baby is going to be throwing food and toys around the place!

maria said...

Frankie is one bundle of cuteness!!!! I'm sure she will be fine. From what I hear, they do tend to be like a child - needing extra love and affection to still feel equally special. Good luck with it. I'm sure it'll go fine.
Maria :)

Michelle said...

I dont know how I missed that post about your pregnancy but congratulations! That is good that Frankie has the animal instinct to be careful. My friends just had a baby a week ago and bought the baby blankets home from the hospital and put them in the dog's kennel so it could get use to the smell of the little one. I thought that was a good idea :)

Ann said...

Frankie is so smart.
And props to you for prepping him for the baby.

Imogen said...

Awww that is so cute and what a very clever dog.

Always Maylee said...

Actually one of my friends did the same thing to prepare their dog. They got a fake baby doll that makes crying noises and would hold the baby and teach the dog not to jump up on it. They just have to get used to it!

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Maddie said...

Aw such a nice idea how to prepare your dog!
I am sure your baby and your dog will become great friends! :)

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Belen said...

i like that you've been preparing frankie and how you have been doing so, it's such a good idea. :) i also love that she knows not to jump on your belly. i ALSO also love that her name is frankie, like my baby girl is named charlie. ^_^

Gracie said...

That's a really good idea. I mean a pet is like a child and would need to be reassured too. I'm sure Frankie will love the baby :)

Anouka said...

An interesting technique and I'm sure it will work!

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Deidre said...

My brother had a dog when he had his first baby and the dog at first wasn't quite as welcoming as they'd hoped. But he soon realised that since his family loved this new little baby thing, that he should love it too.

rooth said...

Awww, Frankie is being so sweet. Look at that face

Laura Go said...

I have zero experience with babies and pets, but I hear that pets should quickly acclimate to the change as long as they're still paid attention and not completely ignored.
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Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

oh wow, that's such a good idea, practice makes perfect after all! i hope everything goes well for your whole family :)

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Stephanie Lula said...

I bet you are so excited! I hope we get some baby bump photos.

I think pets are always wonderful with babies, Frankie will love the new addition to the family. xx

Juliet said...

That's so sweet that your dog might be picking up on the fact that there will be a little one soon. :) I hope you're doing well!thanks for visiting, please visit again soon!
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akiko hiramatsu said...

This is a difficult problem.
I hope that a good solution is found.

akiko

Sarah Jane said...

I've heard of doing this, and have always thought it a very good idea. I know that there are special CDs that you can purchase for this. It's interesting that she's doesn't jump on you any more - animals always seem to know! Xx

Catherine said...

I am so sorry it has been so long since I have been to visit your beautiful space Trishie. Congratulations on such wonderful news you must be so very excited. It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job preparing your little dog for a new baby. xx

Tamara F said...

LOL! BVut what if the baby cries and Frankie gets used to getting treats then? You'll have to have 4 arms to do everything :D

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! She is soo gorgeous!

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