Trusting dogs with new babies

dogs and kids - dogs and kids-to be trusted together?
Australia
February 16, 2007 11:12pm CST
If you had a dog for many years and the dog never bit any one or showed any signs of aggression, would you still trust him with a new baby?This is difficult, on the one hand, many dogs know to be gentle with babies. On the other, the dog can become extremely jealous and territorial. My boyfriend told me just ebfore that when his mother was a baby, her parent's Alsation growled at her once. Her father hit the dog and it never happened again. In fact that same dog pushed my b'friend's mother off the road out of a car's way when she was a few years old. What's everyone's thoughts on this topic?
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@moonmagick (1458)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have a 5 month old and 3 dogs. They are all very protective of the baby. If he cries they are right there making sure that he is okay. One of them was a little scared when we first brought the baby home, and would stand in the background and just watch, but now, even he is ok. The main problem I have is one of them loves toys. So I am forever taking the baby toys away from him and disinfecting them and giving him his dog toy back.
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• Australia
17 Feb 07
haha that's so cute! your dogs sound wonderful
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• Australia
17 Feb 07
Also, how long did you have your dogs before your baby came along?
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• United States
17 Feb 07
The youngest for about a year, the other two for about 2 years. One is a 7 year oldest is a 7 year old chow, then a 2 and half year old puggle, then a 1 and half year old St Bernard. The St Bernard is the most protective. The puggle is the toy theif, and the chow just kind of herds everyone.
17 Feb 07
Let the dog have a good sniff at all the baby things. Show him the room, walk him around. Introduce the baby items to him so that he can smell them. Dogs are curious creatures, they like to inspect new things in their surroundings. Let him know his place in the pack has ot changed. Just make sure you still give him enough attention. Personally, I would never hit a dog. There are other ways of dealing with aggression. Have you ever watched the Dog Whisperer on tv?
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• United States
18 Feb 07
The dog whisperer is a excellent show. It helps people understand how to help a dog overcome some behaviors that are not acceptable. I love watching the show.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Dogs are not babysitters. They are animals. They may or may not react differently when their PACK is changing. You have the responsibility as a PARENT to protect your child from any rear or perceived danger. And the family pet may be one of those things.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I agree with you cassidy22 that the first responsibility as a parent is to protect the child but you also need to allow the time for the animal to adjust to the child if they do happen to be jealous and dogs also are teritorrial. Also dogs can be very loving and gentle with children.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I had two dogs when I brought my daughter home. The older dog sniffed her and walked away. He looked totally bored and unimpresed. The younger dog was a little over zealous and still is but has not given me any reason to mistrust her. I do have to be careful because the dog is very playful and has knocked my daughter on her butt a few times.
@kparab (302)
• United States
17 Feb 07
if the dog know about the new born baby and then probably it will protect it our dog used to do that
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• China
18 Feb 07
Q: How can I get my dog used to a new baby (or babies) in my house? What kind of behavior should I expect? ... Next, volunteer to baby sit. No matter how trusting, never leave your dog (or any animal) with any baby, toddler or young ...
• United States
18 Feb 07
I personally have 4 dogs and 3 children. I never left any of my kids alone with any of my dogs until I knew the kids were old enough not to harm the dog. It was never a trust issue, it was just that it is a dogs nature to lash out if hurt. It was a preventative measure on my part. I wanted to prevent my child from being hurt and to also prevent my dogs from getting hurt as well. Territorial dogs can be dealt with. The best way is to give the dog something that smells like the baby before it is brought home. That way the dog is used to baby scent. Also never let the dog feel it is the alpha dog in your home. You should always let your dog know who is in carge, that eliminates a lot of problems with bringing a new baby home.
• United States
18 Feb 07
yea
• India
18 Feb 07
dogs are genrally very possessive and sometimes do odd things to get thier attention.so everything depends on how the dog has been trained.if it has been let loose to its wish and will then better not to leave the baby all alone with the dog.it is vry dangerous.trained dogs are better.u can trust them.so dont take the risk unless you are sure as t6o what kind of dog it is.
@Tarun47 (12)
• India
18 Feb 07
Dogs if not mad are trustworthy . With child we have to make the dog aquented . In my childhood I had kept a stray dog which used to follow my father, a doctor by profession to his hospital and back. It had somehow by its own instinct could know his timings and will always follow him.Once while comming back from the hospital after evening the dog did not allow my father to enter the gate and barked at him. My father was astonished at its behevior and got down from the cycle and flashed the tourch at him to see that a big python was crossing the gate . By the barking the python got alarted and attacked the dog which saved my father at the cost of its life.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I won't trust any dog with my child. My brother and sister have dogs. and nice ones at that. But anything could happen. lovable family dogs have been known to flip.
@coolcatzz (1589)
• Canada
18 Feb 07
You know I don't know what I would do. When I had my daughter we had a miniature schnauzer and I never worried. I think we knew her enough to know she wouldn't do anything and she was good. The only thing was she was so yappy that everytime anything blew by the window she would start barking away and wake the baby up. So we ended up giving her to another family with no babies. Really only you know your dog.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
I don't think that it's a good idea to have your dog around your babies (even kids under 6-7 years old). Some dogs like to jump up when they think you're playing with them, imagine a dog knocking over a 2 year old and still jumping/nipping out of excitement...there would be some injuries for sure. Kids can be unpredictable and like to talk loudly and move around fastly at times too, dogs don't know what to think of this.
@chertsy (3805)
• United States
17 Feb 07
We had our beagle for about 5-6 years before we brought home our last addition to our family. She really could have cared less about her, lol. When she would cry, she would run off and hide under our curio, so she spent a lot of moments under it. With my first, our neighbor's had a dalmation. That everytime she would cry he would run and look in at her in her stroller. I guess seeing this huge black and white head looking at you would make anyone stop what they where doing, lol. When she had the hiccups, he would bark along with her, it was so funny and cute. Dogs are very interesting creatures. You just can't not help not loving them.
17 Feb 07
Would always be careful where any animal is, especially around young children, though most dogs have a natural caring instinct in them! Lynn-Marie
@plumty1 (173)
17 Feb 07
i think dogs are fine with babies.
@plumty1 (173)
17 Feb 07
i think it is dangerous notmatter what dog you have i personaly woul not let my child have a dog until the age of at least 5.
@plumty1 (173)
17 Feb 07
i think that some dogs are safe to have around with babies but others are not. my dog harry who is a ball terrior is not safe around babies.
@arwenrey (316)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
No, as much as possible i wouldn't leave a dog alone with a baby because dogs are unpredictable some things might provoke a dog to hurt a baby. Like if the baby playfully throw something to the dog and the dog might react in hostile way.
• India
17 Feb 07
yup....dogs although r animals but when properly kept and given lots of love will make them feel differently.. i mean dogs will never bite any one in family or care holder...... if they r kept in good atmosphere of love... dogs will spend his life but protect ur family member.. i have seen or heard many examples and i am dam confident abt this issue..