Having a new baby is no reason to “get rid of” your first baby – that is, your Weimaraner. However, it often takes some preparation to get your Weim ready for the new family member.
If your Weimaraner does not know basic obedience and house manners, work on this well before the baby comes. Additionally, if your Weim’s routine, or their house rules, will change in any way to accommodate the baby, these changes need to be made prior to the baby’s arrival. Weimaraners are smart dogs. If you wait until the baby comes to suddenly stop allowing your Weim onto furniture, for example, he’ll connect that loss of a privilege with the baby and it may create resentment.
If you have friends or family members with babies, it would certainly be beneficial if your Weim could be exposed to infants before your own arrives. Just make sure to always keep the safety of the baby and your dog at the forefront of the meeting. Have your Weim sit or lie calmly at the feet of whoever is holding the baby. Never allow them to jump up on anyone. Let them carefully sniff the baby. Carry a doll around the house, interacting with it as you would your own baby, so your Weimaraner can get used to this new role of yours.
Purchase a CD of baby noises to play at random times throughout the day and night for your Weimaraner to hear. She may be startled at first, may whine, bark, run away, hide, or act nervous. Also, if you’ll have toys that make noise (rattles, musical toys, talking toys, etc.) introduce your Weim to these as well. With repeated exposure, infant sounds will become no big deal.
Let her smell the various lotions, creams, powders, etc. that you will be using on your baby. When your baby is born, have someone bring home a blanket or article of clothing the baby has used to help get your Weimaraner used to your baby’s scent.
Once you are home with the baby, make sure you do not neglect your Weimaraner. Praise him when you are with the baby, so he’ll see the little one as a positive thing in his life. Make an effort to spend some quality time with your Weimaraner so he does not feel left out. Include him in some of the activities you and the baby share. One of the best things you can do is to take your Weim on walks with you and the baby.
With the right attitude and techniques, it won’t take long before your Weimaraner considers the baby a wonderful addition to the family, as you most certainly do.