Just thought I'd ask this question to see if anybody has any other ideas that I haven't thought of.
My wife is do to have our first baby any day now and I was just wondering what the best way to introduce the dogs and the baby was?
My male shepherd is use to getting alot of my attention he actually gets very annoyed if he feels like he isn't getting enough of it. He'll paw at me and whine and try and climb into my lap (He's 82 lbs. so its a tad uncomfortable) I love to give him as much attention as I can but I know that in the days to come I won't be able to give him as much as usual.
Anyways he loves kids in the nieghborhood I just don't want him to get jealous of the baby when I can't quite give him as much attention as usual.
Any thoughts would be great.
Just wen through the same thing. You can do a test run by going out an buying a bay doll that cries and see how your dogs will react. What I did specifically was the swaddling blanket that the baby is first wrapped right after coming out of the womb which will hopefully have some marconium( sp?) baby poop on it bring it homw while your wife and baby are int eh hospital and let the dogs smell it. Don't let the chew it ot but just ge the scent. Then I brought the bay home and supervised as always there meetign. The sniff the baby and then licked her. Everything has been coll ever since. But never unsurpervised interaction with yoru child.
This is extremely important topic & I feel somewhat overlooked.I just posted a small piece on basically the same under another thread.I will post later as just did a 14hour nigh/morning shift.Rgds The Axe Man
PS.Save the money on the doll/crying test.
Thanks Axe Man,
One thing I forgot to mention in my first post is my Shepherd is in Training to be a personal protection dog. He has been in training for about a 8 months now. Just thought I should mention that just incase that had changed anything.
A number of us have discussed this on another board. You might find some of the suggestions helpful. It was written by people who have brought up babies and dogs. A number of people have since had their babies and would be happy to let you know about their experiences.
Hope this helps.
Twice in the last couple of day's I've posted lengthy post for you but they have end up in the never - never land(computer heaven)In the past couple of weeks I've had problems 1/geting into this site or 2/ post dissappearing when posted.
The way things are going & the lack & any info etc from admin. & the inability of new people to join as well as not being able to undate your email address makes me think this Board is on borrowed time.What's going on?
www.classick9academy.com/articles/Babies and Dogs.pdf
Rgds The Axe Man
Thanks FreundhunD and Axe Man. Some of the above links wouldn't work for me but most of them did and they were very helpful. As a matter of fact my wife and I just got back from the doctor and they said chances are we would be parents by the weekend. With this helpfull info I really think everything will turn out just fine.
Congratulations on the new family member!
I would advise that you STOP letting the dog dictate when he will get attention and what sort of attention it should be. That's really YOUR decision. Get him off your lap, or you'll end up with a needy, neurotic 15 month old that will be a devil to train.
Just my opinion, of course.
JDN - US
I totally agree with Janis and have to ask WHY in heavens name you would want to train your dog as a personal protection dog and have a child.... ooh, I'm getting all fidgety..... your dog by virtue of the fact that he has 42 teeth and a mouth loud and big enough to hold huge things is a deterrent in itself.... this is a combination that we strongly advise against.... too many what ifs and possible horrible scenarios!!
Love your dog, train your dog, you determine the game and when and how it gets played and be the fair benevolent dictator....
Like Janis said, just my opinion of course!!
Just thought I'd give an update. My wife gave birth to our son on March 31st at 2:15 pm. He was 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 20.25 in. long. The dogs are absolutley fantastic with him already. When he cries they both jump up and run into the nursery to see if he is alright. Right know we have him sleeping in a bassinet by our bed and our male GSD sleeps between the bassinet and the door (that's not where he use to sleep).
To answer your question DKiah,
I was raised with a white shepherd that was personal protection trained and she was fantastic. My dad could leave town and feel save that his family was protected. After seeing how my male GSD is with my son and how far he has gotten in his training I can now do the same with my family. Some people own guns some own dogs and some own both. In today's crazy world you can never be to safe. I train with about 20 other people that have children and some with infants and they all feel the same way I do and have never had any problems.
Janis thank you for your congratulations.
About 90% of the time when he tries to force himself into getting attention I'll put a stop to it. I'll make him go to his bed and put him in a down stay for awhile. But I will admit that the other 10% of the time I can't resist those big eyes and I just have to give in and let him have all the attention he desires. What can I say sometimes I'm a push over.
Once agian thanks to FreundhunD and Axe Man, the above advice and links really helped. Everyday I came home from the hospital to feed the dogs I brought something new back for them to sniff with the babies scent on it. By the 2nd day both dogs would whine and lick the article of clothing or blanket. Like I stated above both are great with him and seem to have really taken to him like one of the pack.
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