HI All, we're expecting our 1st LO and i'm currently 23weeks.
We have a large dog called Murphy 36 kilos (72pounds) who is lovely and playful and 2 in October (just before LO is due).
My worries are that he doesn't play well with little children at the moment. But he's never really been given the chance as he's so big and his bark sounds very bad so people get scared - but he's never bitten or scratched (on purpose) anyone so i don't think he'll be a threat in that sense. but he does growl and bark and 'chase' after young children when they wave their arms and run around like small children do!
do i have reason to worry or do you think he might calm down a bit when given the opportunity to be around our baby all the time (obviously he will always be supervised). he's extremely loving and calm when around me and my OH and our parents just needs the odd mad 5 mins running around as he's big and still a young dog!
Hi... Well I just want to say, I trusted my dog and he was very good around my baby but my baby went to grab one of the dogs treats that was left on the floor and he bit my baby in the face worst time of my life.. I was in the same room but it was too late, he already done the damage, thankfully it wasn't a major bite but he is still left with a mark on his face, it happened a month ago!
You can put your dog in a separate area of the house, as long as you can see him when you are alone and then when you have your partner there then let the dog out as it won't be as stressful on you concentrating on both of them all the time. My dog didnt take much notice of the baby until the baby was more active and definitely became more jealous of the baby as he got older.
It's good your thinking of this now, take action and get him trained... Crate training is meant to be good and it actually makes the dog feel more secure because he knows the crate is his and will go in there for some peace and quiet when he's feeling tense and tired and just wants some alone time.
Give the dog a chance, see how he goes once the baby gets here. All the best.
This was out family dog with my son when he was 2 weeks old. The dog was 2 at the time as well and very excitable , however most animals have instincts about babies and know how they néed to act around them. If you haven't already it woul be good to start training to dog to sit when you come in the door and when your going up and down stairs so he doesn't knock you over with baby .
I had a conversation with my 40-pound dog earlier today. She had her head resting on my belly, so I explained that her Baby Human was in there, and she was going to be just like me, but smaller and louder, and maybe a bit smellier, haha.
I know it won't make any difference since dogs don't talk, but you really can't know how a dog will react to a baby until it's here. A loud, rambunctious child or toddler being thrown in their direction is different than a baby that sleeps most the time and stays in one place. Some dogs don't adjust, but most do.
My cousin lives with her mom and they have 6 dogs. When my cousin brought her baby home all of the dogs were curious but none of them ever did anything and learned very quickly what's appropriate and what's not. In all honesty it's not like your throwing a screaming running toddler into the mix, they start out as baby's and the dog will grow loving of that child over time. If your dog is really weird and anxious now and snaps easily I would be worried but as far as how your dog acts around kids should not be THAT big of a deal. Because that's not your kid. That's just some screaming running small thing near your dog that they don't know what to think of. You could always try to let the dog stay at a friends house and come over to slowly introduce the dog to the baby if that makes you more comfortable.
Having been attacked in the face by my parents-in-law's dog a few years ago, I went off dogs right away. OH is desperate to have one, but I would not let a dog anywhere near a baby. Unfortunately the dog who attacked me was not PTS as i did not take things further - I was so lucky to have minimal damage, considering the visciousness of the attack. So when we visit my in-laws I get very stressed and panicky even though the dog is locked up during our visits.
If you're unsure of your dog's reaction, then don't risk it. Can he stay with someone so that he could get used to seeing the baby regularly?
Hi, We're in a similar situation . We're expecting our first in September and have a very excitable 33kg dog whose only experience is occasionally being around a very noisy and active toddler which we've alway kept a close eye on as the toddler use to slap him on the nose and shout at him and our dog reacted by barking at her. I'm not too worried as I agree with other posters about most dogs being able to sense how to behave around a tiny baby and will be gentle. I think our dog is showing evidence of this as even now he is more gentle around me, in the past even though he's a big dog he was always trying to sit on my lap but now he just lays next to me with just his head on my lap.
My only real concern is how I'm going to manage to walk our dog whilst pushing a pram and how I'm going to stop him from stealing all of baby's soft toys as he loves his teddys!
In my opinion I would give your dog the opportunity to meet your little one and hopefully amaze you at how gentle and caring they can be. When you first bring baby home make sure you let him meet your little one and have a good sniff whilst giving your dog lots of love and attention, and praise his good behaviour.
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