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Old 03-25-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Honestly, it's not fearmongering to recommend exercising caution when introducing a new baby into a situation with an animal.

My dog's sweet, too, and not huge. But if I had an infant, I wouldn't leave him/her alone with him. He's a dog. He's unpredictable. He's lunged and snapped at my SO when startled. A baby can startle a dog. A baby is more fragile than my 31-year old boyfriend. Animals are unpredictable, bottom line. You can say, "He's not THAT kind of dog," all you like, but the truth is, all dogs can be "THAT" kind of dog, under the right combination of circumstances. Nobody's saying your dog is dangerous. They're saying it might not be wise to leave your baby alone with your dog, particularly on the heels of mentioning high strung behavior that your dog evidences since you became parents.

One person's fearmongering is another's common sense.

Since you say you came here for advice on how to desensitize your dog to your kid, all I can personally offer is that it's probably not the best idea to force interaction...go gradually and organically. I wouldn't force a bunch of interaction. Not taking it slowly can result in aggression...whether your dog is by nature aggressive in the best of circumstances or not. Why force that issue?
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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Let your dog decide how much time he wants to be around the baby, and how close. He will probably take baby toys, Sam would shred all stuffed animals to pieces. It was frustrating, he once "killed" 20 beany babies...just keep things off the floor, or in a pack and play, the best item ever invented. I used the pack and play interchangeably, sometiomes it was for the baby and baby toys, sometimes it was for the dog and his toys. Whoever neede to be contained the most at any given time. I felt better leaving the baby in the pack and play when I took a shower, than just leaving her on a blanket, you just never know...
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:09 PM
 
Location: the South
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He'll get used to the baby over time. It's all new to him. My brother has a similar problem, he has a Jack Russell Terrier [ Brady, 7 years ] & A Pitbull [ Zeus, 3 months. ] Brady could care less about the baby while Zeus seems totally intruiged by him. He loves to lay down by him and sleep, lick him, try to play with him, ect. It's adorable. We think its because he knows he's a baby too [ my nephew is also 3 months, same as Zeus. ] He'll come around eventually.

If ya'll do have another child theres something you can do to help prevent something like this happening. Before you bring the baby home, bring home something with the scent of the baby on it. Let the dog sleep with it, play with it, ect. When baby comes home & the dog smells him, its a familar scent so the dog isn't so frightened. It doesn't necessarily mean the dog will LOVE the child but it'll ease the transition and will create less problems.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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My brother had a very dominant, territorial shiba inu that he and his wife had for 4-5 years before they had my nephew. He did eventually become accustomed to my nephew, to the extent that he tolerated him.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:45 AM
 
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If ya'll do have another child theres something you can do to help prevent something like this happening. Before you bring the baby home, bring home something with the scent of the baby on it. Let the dog sleep with it, play with it, ect. When baby comes home & the dog smells him, its a familar scent so the dog isn't so frightened. It doesn't necessarily mean the dog will LOVE the child but it'll ease the transition and will create less problems.
Actually we did do this. My baby was a preemie, so was in NICU for 2 days. During those two days, my husband brought home an outfit he wore, let Buddy smell it and then left it in our bed where I lay. Buddy lays in the bed when we aren't in it, so we figured that would be the best bet to get him used to the idea.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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I think you've been given good advice....don't force it, let it happen naturally. And, if it never does, don't let them be alone together. Like I said initially, my 5 YO son has never even held any of my 5 animals. I think it's a good thing. There's a respectful distance between them.
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