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Old 24.05.2012, 13:56
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Re: Introducing dogs to a new baby..

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Ceasar Milan would claim it's *your* pack, not theirs...
Can't say I'm a big fan of the Mexican 'Dog Whisperer'. Some of his methods focus on physically dominating your dog and using some aggressive methods I.e. tight slip collars and pushing the dog into submissive positions.

Positive reinforcement all the way. Since adopting a different approach to training with our new dog trainer in CH Bella our youngest is more responsive and much more reliant on me when out on walks, ESP with lead walks.

I like the idea of greeting the dogs first after coming home from the hospital as they will be very happy to see me after being away a few days.
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Old 24.05.2012, 14:15
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Re: Introducing dogs to a new baby..

And I think it's also essential to dramatically lower your expectations about how germ-free and protected you'll keep your baby.

Past the first three months, and as soon as your baby starts to crawl, she's gonna get licked on the face, eat dog hair, probably some dog food as well. It's yucky, I know. Close your eyes and look the other way, and I won't even tell you what they manage to lick and eat at daycare when nobody's looking...
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And I think it's also essential to dramatically lower your expectations about how germ-free and protected you'll keep your baby.

Past the first three months, and as soon as your baby starts to crawl, she's gonna get licked on the face, eat dog hair, probably some dog food as well. It's yucky, I know. Close your eyes and look the other way, and I won't even tell you what they manage to lick and eat at daycare when nobody's looking...
not to mention that germ-free is not considered healthy and is absolutely unnecessary. It even leads to a higher risk of allergies because your immune system gets no chance to become strong. However, you should deworm your dogs more often than normally.
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Old 24.05.2012, 15:37
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not to mention that germ-free is not considered healthy and is absolutely unnecessary. It even leads to a higher risk of allergies because your immune system gets no chance to become strong. However, you should deworm your dogs more often than normally.
The dog gets dewormed every three months as per vet advice.

And I deworm the kids too, from time to time!
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Old 24.05.2012, 15:54
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Which one's the excited bull in the china shop - the dog or the boyfriend?

I ask, because both scenarios are equally plausible. I'm a guy - I should know; the chances of knocking something over accidentally is directly proportional to the price or sentimental value of that object.
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And I think it's also essential to dramatically lower your expectations about how germ-free and protected you'll keep your baby.

Past the first three months, and as soon as your baby starts to crawl, she's gonna get licked on the face, eat dog hair, probably some dog food as well. It's yucky, I know. Close your eyes and look the other way, and I won't even tell you what they manage to lick and eat at daycare when nobody's looking...
Good advice.....I would have probably given myself a hernia with trying to clean the apartment with two dogs, a baby, a bloke and the two cats I haven't mentioned! We have a house full :-)
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And I deworm the kids too, from time to time!
Now how does that work?
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Now how does that work?
Same than with dogs. You give a liquid (kiddie version, hmmm) and don't look too closely at what's getting out in the next few days.

When we adopted our Brownie, from a farm in Portugal, we promptly dewormed her when arriving in Switzerland...and discovered she was full of worms. The most disgusting thing I've ever seen we promptly did a treatment for all the family!!!!
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Re: Introducing dogs to a new baby..

A lot of good advice is to be found in this post

I would just like to add a little thing: Make the baby a fun thing for the dogs. If you cuddle them when the baby is sleeping, go on walks when your partner whatches the baby, feed them when the baby is being changed in another room and as soon you are reunited with baby you ignore the dogs, they will not like the new arrival.

But if they learn that the baby's presence means that good things are going to happen to them (cuddles, food, love, ball play, attention in general...) they'll have no choice but to love the addition to the pack.

And, of course, NEVER EVER leave the baby and the dogs in the same room unattended. Until the baby is, lets say at least, 6 or 7 years old
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Re: Introducing dogs to a new baby..

Great article - and cute Avatar!! When Mischa was on his way I used a book called Tell Your Dog You're Pregnant: An essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby. It was really helpful and came with a CD of sounds. Jonas took some time to get used to the sounds but the book helped on how to do it. Maybe that will help someone you!
I'm not a fan of that TV trainer either
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Re: Introducing dogs to a new baby..

Lots of great experiences and advice already here and in my experience it really depends mostly on the personality of your particular dog and your comfort level. Our dog came from a shelter, was extremely attached to me since we brought him home and the has been the "child" for 5 years. He was never good with kids, which seemed to be strange and scary to him and I was naturally a bit worried when the baby arrived. I read a lot of the different theories how to introduce them etc. but in the end it just happend that we walked in with the baby in my arms and forgot all the good intentions. In the beginning, he was not too happy and tried to claim his spot in the hirachy above the baby. I made sure, that her blanket was placed so he would not run accidently run over her, was very very strict that he may not even set foot on it ever, if she is on it or not, but allowed him to approach her gently to sniff and get used to her. The first weeks he came around more and more to take a sniff, sulked a lot, tried to claim her blanket, steel her toys etc. For us it was key that he had to accept that he is not allowed on her blanket and not allowed her toys. As long she was very little, it was actually easier then expected, he would come, take a sniff,give her a lick and ignore her for most of the time. In all of this, he was never boisterous, but kept fairly gentle and it seemed he knew that she is a little fragile being. It become a bit more difficult when she started crawling and started to follow him and wanted to climb into his basket. He would grouwl at her and there were times I was a bit worried that he would give her a little snatch - but he never did. We have alwys been very clear with him that this is not acceptable and send him out of the room. He got used to her more and more, started to cuddle with us during her evening bottle and walked awy when he got irritated by her. By the time she was a year and started walking, they were best friends, he is "looking" after her and she loves him with all her little heart.
I definitly agree with the comments not to overly worry about hair, dirt dogfood etc. Our daughter tried the lot, her favourite for quite some time was crawling to the water bowl and drinking out of it like the dog
My advice, make sure your baby also learns to respect the dogs. It is equally important that your little one learns very early, that it is not acceptable to pull on ears and tails and that the dog has a space as well were she is not allowed to go.
All in all, you will see that you will just do the right thing for you, your baby and the dogs. We were 4 friends having babies and having dogs, all the dogs are very different (in size, age and character) and we all were surprised how "unproblematic" it turned out sticking to a couple of basic rules as decribed above.
Enjoy the time, growing up with fury friends is the biggest gift you can give your little one.
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