Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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I am often asked if becoming a dog’s 100% pack leader and having a submissive dog prevents a dog from being a good guard or watch dog. Therefore, you must also teach the dog to walk beside or behind the stroller, not in front. After the baby is born, but before the baby comes home from the hospital have someone bring an object containing the baby's scent to the dog.
Neither of these dogs are showing any signs of wanting to own the new pack member, but rather are showing signs of acceptance. Ten months later Maggie the Pit Bull mix and Darley the Beagle mix are submissive to the 10-month-old baby in different ways. Here is another video clip showing a very good example of a dog that is not only calm and balanced in his mind, but submissive and happy.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan caught babysitter Alexis Khan abusing their 7-month-old son Finn after noticing the family dog acting aggressively towards her. Abuser: 22-year-old babysitter Alexis Khan plead guilty Monday to charges of assault and battery. The couple started to worry about their dog's behavior, so one day they left an iPhone underneath the couch to record what happened while they were out. They say their dog helped protect Finn, but also future children from the wrath of Khan.The babysitter plead guilty in  court Monday to charges of assault and battery. However you must be aware that in the dog world, the pack leader sleeps and rests in the most comfortable spot. I realize times are very busy when babies are born, however do not neglect the needs of your dog.
Do not allow the dog to push you out of the way or nose its way onto you while you have the baby in your arms, especially at feeding time. The dogs are respecting the new baby and their owner, shown by the way the Beagle mix is lying down in a very calm, submissive state. Spencer the 14-month-old American Pit Bull Terrier meets a 14-month-old baby for the first time.
The couple hired 22-year-old Khan to babysit Finn when they first moved to Charleston, South Carolina last year.

You cannot train the guard out of a guard dog or take the keen senses out of a watch dog, but you can have it respect, and listen to your commands happily. If you are going to allow your dog up on the beds and couch make sure it is at times you invite it. When you allow your dog to walk ahead of you or enter and exit door and gateways before you, you are communicating to the dog that it is before you in the order. A subordinate dog would never dream of invading the privacy of a mother dam and her puppies. This is an excellent way to help relay the message to your dog that the baby is higher in the pack order. Include the dog in your pack, and try and keep the same routine you usually have with the dog. Not by simply closing the door, but by leaving the door open and not allowing the dog to enter. Take extra care to insure the dog is not pushing you out of the spot or owning the furniture. The dog should be close enough to smell it, but do not allow him to touch it; keep a reasonable distance.
An extra-long walk the day the baby comes home is ideal to insure it is calm when the baby comes through the door. The Pit Bull mix in the back is showing ultimate respect by not only giving space, but also turning her back to the person holding the baby, and soon after leaving altogether. In addition, the dogs were taken for a very long pack walk before the baby was brought into the home to help keep them in a calm, submissive state. Right from the start we set the boundaries with Spencer: be calm and no licking or being too pushy, respect the baby's space. Think about whether or not you are going to want a dog jumping up onto the furniture when you have a baby in your arms, or a bassinet seat that might be placed on a couch. If you allow the dog to immediately get its nose into the baby and smell them and touch them there is a chance your dog will be doing just that—claiming the new pack member as its own. The owners made it a point to not have any excitable guests over who did not understand dog behavior during this first meeting between dogs and baby.

The baby needs to be seen as above the dog in the pack order, yet feel like it is still part of your pack. This way when the baby does come home you will be sending a signal to the dog that the baby is higher in the order, as the baby will be allowed into a room in which it is not. If the answer is no and you are not going to want a dog jumping up where your baby might be, start training your dog to stay down preferably before the baby comes home. If you allow your dog to walk ahead of the stroller you will be communicating to the dog that it is above your baby in the pack order.
After you have established this space with your dog you can pick the object up and allow the dog to smell it a little closer while you hold the object, but again, do not allow the dog to touch it.
The owners also worked very hard at communicating to the dogs that humans were higher in the pack order before the baby was born.
Unless you are very familiar with a dog's body language and signs of dominance and are always aware of it, it is recommended the dog has a comfortable place to sleep on the floor rather than be allowed to jump up on your furniture. Going for a pack walk with your baby and the dog is a great way to help establish the baby's alpha position and strengthen the bond within your pack. Communicate to the dog that you will handle the issues with the baby, it is not the dog’s place. Bruno the Boxer was still recovering from his ACL surgery and was restricted to his x-pen, but he loved the baby too. Doing this will insure a safe, respectful, strong bond between baby and dog for years to come. Read more about the signs of dominance in dogs and pay very close attention to your dog to ensure it is not showing any of these signs.

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