Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez try - and fail - to train their dogs to sleep outside ahead of baby’s arrival

Safeeyah Kazi

Gemma Atkinson and boyfriend Gorka Marquez attempted to prepare their dogs Norman and Ollie for the arrival of their first child by encouraging them to sleep outside.

The pair announced their pregnancy news earlier this year with help from the dogs, who sported signs revealing they were going to be “big brothers”.

Ahead of the tot’s arrival, the duo attempted to train their fury friends to stop sleeping in their bedroom - but they failed epically.

In an Instagram video posted on Atkinson’s account, Marquez said: “So we are trying to teach the dogs to sleep outside of the room for when the baby arrives and I don’t think it’s going very well..”

Loved-up: The couple are gearing up to welcome their first child together (PA)
Loved-up: The couple are gearing up to welcome their first child together (PA)

He then showed his other half on the floor stroking the dogs with a distressed look on her face.

Grumbling from the floor, Atkinson said: “They don’t what to sleep outside yet. I feel sad.”

She then captioned the post: “Dog mums know the struggle. I feel so bad putting them on the landing.”

The adorable clip comes a day after Atkinson shared a slew of loved-up holiday snaps from the couple’s Tenerife getaway.

The former Emmerdale actress showed off her growing bump in one of the images as she stepped out of the pool.

Another showed professional dancer Marquez looking thoughtful as he posed for the camera.

Atkinson opened up on the anticipated arrival of her child in the caption as she came to the realisation that the next time the pair go on holiday they will be “a three”.

The actress has become known for candidly documenting her pregnancy journey on social media, including updating her followers on her constantly changing workout routine and cravings.

Earlier this month Atkinson shared a hilarious video of herself devouring cream cakes with Marquez.

She also opened up on doing her first fitness shoot as a pregnant woman, admitting she initially felt “anything but fit” but left feeling “incredible”.