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Oh please please don't bark

After finally getting the baby to sleep, we just cross our fingers that Shelby doesn't start one of her barking fits. They are usually triggered by the doorbell, or the mailman, and someone leaving the house without her.

With baby brother

April 21, 2008 | Permalink


Would it be possible to invite Shelby into another room (with door closed) or out to the sun solarium to be far from Baby Vin's sleeping quarters? Diversion with love
and plenty of Shelby toys and goodies??

Posted by: Jade | Apr 21, 2008 7:28:26 AM

don't worry so much about trying to be too quiet..babies actually sleep better once they are used to all the comforting sounds of family activity....and you don't want to start putting Shelby is solitary confinement....that will only upset her and make her wonder what the heck she did wrong.
Being new parents is hard and you worry about everything,just relax and enjoy the adventures and misadventures...just Enjoy!!!! Much Love from Canada

Posted by: AnnCrago | Apr 21, 2008 7:42:46 AM

We've haven't bee insolating them. We've been inticing Shelby with treats and other distractions when we know that someone is coming to the door. Her enthusiasm just gets the best of her.

Posted by: Winnie | Apr 21, 2008 2:44:52 PM

I've taken to using a squirt bottle with water in it when my 3 start barking. They bark at everything now that the weather has finally broken in NE Ohio, and they have managed to rip down my living room (lace) curtains twice now. So Mom is mad and they get a squirt when they start barking and screaming--yes screaming--at something. It's working too, and it doesn't hurt them. I've tried everything else!! They are wonderful around our Grandson though, all wiggles and kisses!!!

Posted by: Lisa | Apr 21, 2008 3:10:17 PM

I used to tape a little piece of paper over the doorbell. 'baby sleeping, knock quietly' I left that on for weeks. Still, the dogs go off when they hear a knock.

Posted by: Priscilla | Apr 21, 2008 3:55:03 PM

I do know what you mean...Kricket and Teddy go nuts when someone is at the door too,take their job way too seriously....funny how they turn into the "Walmart" greeters as soon as whoever is in the house though....a sign on the doorbell is a great idea....

Posted by: AnnCrago | Apr 21, 2008 7:05:47 PM

I find that Muggins is pretty much okay, as long as you physically hold him.

Posted by: Randon & Muggins | Apr 21, 2008 8:25:45 PM

Murphy is normally calm and normal, until new humans come to the house, then she becomes what we call a "meatloaf bullet"

zooom. zoom. zooooooom around in circles and figure eights around the feet of the guest. forget about holding her... she just puts her back feet against my chest and launches her herself off me. looks ridiculous with a pug that is as straight as an arrow off yourr chest.

Posted by: Lisa | Apr 22, 2008 4:28:51 PM

Any idea why pugs circle around in figure eights? My pug does that when he is excited and before meal times.

Posted by: Arlene | Apr 22, 2008 7:49:58 PM

Grrrrrrrrreat shot.

Posted by: Nevis | Apr 23, 2008 8:15:24 AM

why do pigs do circle eights? My pug ari does them when shes excited and my friends find it very entertaining!!

Posted by: jen | Jan 16, 2009 6:52:16 PM

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