I was just wondering if anyone had any advice for me. My husband and I found out I am due with our first child in January. Everything is going great so far, and we are very excited! Anyway, we have had our basenji, Tosca, for about 2 1/2 years now. She is definitely a typical basenji, but is very sweet. She does growl at other dogs, and has never growled at children, except for a couple of times when they tried to take something from her. Even then, it was just a small growl, more of a warning noise, no nipping, and she stopped immediately when I intervened. Overall, though, she does LOVE kids and the attention they give her, I'm just curious how she'll do with a baby. She is generally not destructive, but will definitely steal socks, small toys, paper, etc. Like I said...a typical basenji! She is very affectionate and loves to cuddle whenever she gets the chance.
I am just trying to think ahead and prepare myself...is there anything I should know to do/expect once this child arrives? Any advice on how to keep her away from all the small toys that are going to be everywhere? When my small nieces/nephews come over and bring all their toys I usually have to distract her with kongs/rawhides or keep her outside a lot...which is manageable for a short time, but obviously won't work once the child arrives!
Also, is there anything I should do/expect on Tosca interacting with the child? I described her behavior above, so I am not too worried, but is there anything I can do to make the transaction go more smoothly? She has never been a jealous dog, but we've never had a situation like this before, and she does love cuddling, is there anything I can do to avoid her getting jealous and acting out if this does occur?
Any advice would be wonderful...I just want to make all of this go as smoothly as possible...once we got Tosca and learned what a basenji was all about I loved her but always thought to myself "I wonder how we'll manage once we have kids" :P Now is the time to start figuring that out, and any help would be great...thank you so much!