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Old 04-05-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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Thanks, All. I appreciate the insights!

The dog is crate trained well, can be gated off to one room, and knows basic commands. She's about a year old and full grown at 20 pounds. Also, she loves kids and is good around them, but she hasn't been around new borns. I've thought about getting a package of one on one training sessions with a trainer just to make sure commands are solidified (She struggles with stay sometimes, other times she's great with stay). She does need walks and being taken out to potty.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:17 AM
 
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Thanks, All. I appreciate the insights!

The dog is crate trained well, can be gated off to one room, and knows basic commands. She's about a year old and full grown at 20 pounds. Also, she loves kids and is good around them, but she hasn't been around new borns. I've thought about getting a package of one on one training sessions with a trainer just to make sure commands are solidified (She struggles with stay sometimes, other times she's great with stay). She does need walks and being taken out to potty.
Some dogs just "get it". I had a jack russell terrier mix, and when I brought my first baby home, that dog just readjusted his own position in the "pack" down one space, and was very careful when he jumped up on the couch to never land on the baby, or when his toy accidentally landed on the baby's floor quilt he sat at the edge of the quilt and looked to me for permission to get on the quilt where the baby was and retrieve his toy.

I don't think your dog will need a whole lot of commands - a calm demeanor and an understanding that the baby is a little human to be loved and respected are kind of what's more important.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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I'm so glad you are asking this question. I had a basset hound when my son was born. I was so enraptured by the baby, that I apparently neglected my dog. She developed glaucoma. I didn't notice when it was just in one eye. I took her to the vet when she started bumping into walls. By then, it was too late to help her.


I wish I had worked harder to establish the balance you are looking for. This was over 20 years ago and it still haunts me.
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:19 PM
 
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Wag app.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:29 PM
 
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Hi! Single parents out there... Do you have any advice on how to balance taking care of a new born baby and your dog?
Yes, get rid of the dog. the dog should never have attention while a newborn is on the back burner
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Old 04-06-2018, 06:07 PM
 
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Yes, get rid of the dog. the dog should never have attention while a newborn is on the back burner
Ignore this.
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Old 04-06-2018, 06:37 PM
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Yes, get rid of the dog. the dog should never have attention while a newborn is on the back burner
Your comment doesn’t even make sense.
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:17 AM
 
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Yes, get rid of the dog. the dog should never have attention while a newborn is on the back burner
I hope you never own a pet. They are not disposable.
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:24 AM
 
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Thanks, All. I appreciate the insights!

The dog is crate trained well, can be gated off to one room, and knows basic commands. She's about a year old and full grown at 20 pounds. Also, she loves kids and is good around them, but she hasn't been around new borns. I've thought about getting a package of one on one training sessions with a trainer just to make sure commands are solidified (She struggles with stay sometimes, other times she's great with stay). She does need walks and being taken out to potty.
The trainer sounds like a good idea, for both of you (trainers train the owners as much as the dogs!)

I'm sure you probably already know this, but as your baby grows, be sure to teach him or her how to interact with a dog - be gentle, don't put your face in the dog's face, know when the dog wants to be left alone, things like that. Things kids just naturally want to do can be perceived as threatening by a dog, particularly a smallish one.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:58 AM
 
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I thought of something else. Clip the dog's toenails once a week so they are always blunt. If you don't know how, get someone to show you how.

If both you and the dog are trained for toenail clipping, it takes no more than a minute, it is stress-free, and will help to prevent accidental scratches.

You can also use a Drexel tool to keep nails short, if you don't want to use nail clippers.
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