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JRT and baby

Posted by:  Amy Spears
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted on:  November 14, 2002 at 19:14:12

Question:

We have a 7 year old male Jack Russell Terrier that is obsessed with our two week old baby. He needs to be around the baby constantly and refuses to go outside to play. He whines constantly and jumps up when the baby is in a high location, such as a changing table. He also somtimes whines when the baby cries on my lap. When the baby is on his level (such as in a swing), he must be close by and tends to lunge towards him making me very nervous. However, when we let him get close to the baby in a supervised setting, he licks the baby. Please help me! What do I need to do to curb this extremely annoying behavior? Will he just get better with time- and how long will that take? My 8 year old female JRT just ignores the baby. Unfortunately, I did not follow any of the "before the baby" tricks that are mentioned on this site.