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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and becoming increasingly uncomfortable and ill-tempered. Our little dog (a schipperke/mix) doesn't do well when I'm out-of-sorts. The first three months of my pregnancy were a nightmare due to hypermesis and during that time the dog was a nervous wreck. She could not relax and barked at every little sound or sigh. To mine and my husbands horror I was ready to send her packing. I'm afraid I'm starting to feel this way again.<br><br>
We stuck out the first tirmester and as soon as I started feeling good again everything went pretty much back to normal, which admittedly is only so-so. We're just not the best of pals, but she is respectful of my authority--unless my husband is around. He loves what he calls her "puppy antics" and thinks many of her bad behaviors are just "things that dogs do" even though I've assured him that she's no dummy and that most of the "things dogs do" she wouldn't dare do with me. Some examples of this are mildly aggressive behavior towards other dogs/little kids (on-leash only), jumping up, barking games, and refusing to come when called to. So the problem here is at least two-fold:<br><br>
1.) I need help getting my husband to have higher expectations of his smart little dog and convincing him that he's not doing anyone any favors by letting her be the boss.<br><br>
2.) Now that I'm feeling crummy again the dog is starting to become anxious during the day when my husband isn't home, so I know it's something I must be doing. I'm especially frustrated by her warning barking when I'm trying to nap during the day (I'm an insomniac and I usually get my best sleep during the afternoon). She does this even if I tire her out with a good walk. I really think she's being protective of me. What can I do to change this situation?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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Have you tried Rescue Remedy? Four drops in her fresh water every day. I work with feral cats and it really does wonders for calming them.
 

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No, I havn't tried that. I have a cat in the house who shares the water dish so I don't think that is the route I'd take. I'm looking more towards behavioral ideas. I must be sending this dog some pretty bad vibes to make her be such a brat... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It won't harm that cat in any way to have a tiny bit of Rescue Remedy. But there are also other ways to get RR into/onto your dog and not the cat. There is a RR creme that you can rub onto the inside of their ears, or their paw pads. You could also put the RR drops onto a treat and feed it to the dog, or put it on her dog food.<br><br>
I hope others have more to say.
 
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