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Hi there, how are things?
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
awesome but having an issue my wife is expecting a baby soon as is getting really stressed out about the dog because he can get very excited sometimes how do we introduce him to the baby? because while she’s in labour he would be staying at someone’s house which he likes for couple days until we settle at home
Congratulations!I understand your concern completely, this is a common issue and most dogs do very well.It can be a great idea to start the desensitisation process early (start now!). Have a doll that is carried around and play baby crying noises. Ensure he understands he can't always have your attention and can't jump up when holding baby.Start off by doing these things for a few minutes with the crying at low volume. Ensure he is calm and relaxed and give him praise and treats for staying settled. Over time, increase the time and volume.In the early months, consider having someone to come bring him on walks as you may find you have less time.If planning on not allowing him in the bedroom but he currently is allowed, stop that now; the sooner the better so he doesn't associate it with the new baby.When baby is home, have lots of things to hand to keep him busy. This may be frozen Kongs, chews and other food puzzles.Try to set aside time for him to provide mental stimulation, training and a bonding opportunity. If possible, we don't want him feeling left out.Some advise letting him sniff baby's babygro from the first day before the introduction.Try not to make a big deal of the first few meetings ; don't put pressure on him or bring the baby to him. Let him come say hi if he wishes but don't make it a "big event".I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
but for example how do we stop him for barking when we leaving the house? it’s not just the us it’s when ever someone leaves the house he will bark even when i’m still at home why does he do this

This sounds like separation anxiety.

He is letting you know he is anxious / distressed when someone leaves.

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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
ah okay he does it when ever anyone leaves the house and there’s someone still in the house he hates saying bye to ppl starts barking even when he says hello to a dog at the park soon as they leave he starts barking at them is that the same thing?

Some dogs dislike being left alone while others dislike anyone leaving; both scenarios can be classed as 'separation anxiety'.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
ah okay awesome thank you because once his on his own his fine doesn’t bark or chews anything just goes to sleep because he has the whole kitchen some times front room… because he is on a diet what can we give him with a kong? online it says before we leave the house give him a maze or frozen king

As he is on a diet, consider giving his regular meals inside food puzzles, so they take more time for him to get through.

Low calorie options include raw carrot, cottage cheese, raw apple and perhaps a small amount of protein such as chicken or white fish. Peanut butter works well for smearing but is high in calories.

Hopefully this is useful!

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
hi yes thank you definitely useful i will give him king and mazes before we leave the house and see how it goes we have another vets tommo to see about new drops thank you
Ok, great! Stay safe and all the very best to your wife!
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