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Old August 2nd, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Why does my dog act like this around the baby?

So Simba has picked up a few new quirky habits, I'm just curious if those more experienced in dog behaviour can tell me why.

1- When the baby cries (a LOT, he had colic), Simba will pick up a stuffed toy and shake it like crazy, tossing it onto the baby. After that, he will run around in circles.

2- When we put the baby to sleep for the night (it's dark, quiet, and we're careful to try and not make a sound!), Simba will grab a large chew bone and toss it onto the (hardwood) floor right below the baby's bassinet, waking him up! He *never* does this at any other time except at the 9pm bedtime routine.

It's cute & funny, I'm just curious.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Could it be that he gets jealouse and does it for attention?
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 10:33 AM
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Perhaps he wants to play with the baby???
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 03:42 PM
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That's what it sounds like to me, too, L4H. In fact, it sounds like Simba's trying to cheer baby up with a quick game of toss the stuffy in that first example...

How's Baby doing, shibamom? Has he outgrown the colic now?
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 03:44 PM
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Hmmm...we have to see lots of pics and videos of the behavior in order to tell you why .
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 03:59 PM
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Sounds to me like Simba is trying to be included in the babies routine. I would try to get hubby to spend some one on one time with Simba just before you put the baby to bed and kind of tire him out. Then make sure the bone is not available to him to pick up and throw. The crying issue hopefully has settled down, but Simba was probably just very concerned with the fuss and trying to help. I agree though that some pics would help us diagnose!
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Hmmm...we have to see lots of pics and videos of the behavior in order to tell you why .
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Old August 4th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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Thank you everyone

I think including Simba in a night routine is a good idea, perhaps he is feeling left out (or at least still annoyed that his routine has been disrupted).

Since we need quiet to put the baby to bed, I have started to stay with the baby as he falls asleep and my husband takes him into the bedroom and plays ducky/dog bone with him (chase game he loves).

I would love to share some more pictures, but it's not easy to get them both together in one shot This is the best I can do for now
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I would love to share some more pictures, but it's not easy to get them both together in one shot
That's ok shibamom , we'll accept (lots) more photos of them individually .
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Old August 5th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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That's ok shibamom , we'll accept (lots) more photos of them individually .
Finally! Although it isn't the night play picture.

Here's baby and Simba in our (communal~ bed,crib,crate!) bedroom.

He sits by the baby and waits while he naps
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He sits by the baby and waits while he naps
sooo cute ! and I noticed in the other picture , even if he's outside , his nose is inside ... it's look like he wants to be there to protect the baby
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Old August 5th, 2010, 08:02 PM
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sooo cute ! and I noticed in the other picture , even if he's outside , his nose is inside ... it's look like he wants to be there to protect the baby
Thanks!

He is like a satellite to the baby, always around! It breaks his heart whenever I go to the bathroom or shower and I need to separate them into different rooms
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I don't have much experience with dogs and babies, but I read these two posts on a lbog I like and thought of your thread. The lady who writes this blog is really good at explaining why her dogs act in certain ways. I hope these posts help:
http://blacksheepcardigans.com/ruff/...eat-with-kids/

http://blacksheepcardigans.com/ruff/...gs-and-babies/
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Old August 13th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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Excellent links, ownedbycats, I especially like the one about babies. I think the same but she says it better. LOL.
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