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Old 01-28-2016, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good evening. we are expecting a baby in the next five weeks and would like to know any ideas that are good for introducing the baby to the pp. how to keep the jealousy levels down and such. any ideas and recommendations are welcome. thank you all.
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Good evening. we are expecting a baby in the next five weeks and would like to know any ideas that are good for introducing the baby to the pp. how to keep the jealousy levels down and such. any ideas and recommendations are welcome. thank you all.
For starters, forget about 'jealousy' which is a human emotion dogs don't have. Yes, he'll want what your baby is getting in terms of attention and affection. Just include him, but set the boundaries (like the baby's room). And make sure he still has his routine and special time. This is probably going to be up to your significant other to take over at least early on.

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I would check around in your area, some training schools or shelters have training classes or programs specifically for preparing a dog for a new baby.

I hate to be a wet blanket, but you are going to have your hands full with the new baby just as your puppy is entering the most troublesome adolescent stage. Have you considered if and how you are going to be able to manage it when your adorable and slightly naughty pup turns into a hellion when you have neither the time nor energy to deal with it?

There are many articles out there on introducing a dog and baby, bit I think one item that is always overlooked is you MUST learn to thoroughly understand the dog's cues and body language. Every article will tell you to never leave a dog and child unsupervised, but none of them tell you how to recognize the subtle signs that your dog is uncomfortable. A large number of serious bites occur with adults right there, and although they say the bite was "out of the blue" that is not the case, dogs in general will try very hard to avoid resorting to biting and give off all sorts of signals to try to relieve the situation, but most people are unaware of what the dog is trying to tell them. There are a tone of "cute" dog and baby/toddler/small child pictures and videos floating around the Internet that give dog experts the heebie jeebies because the dog is so clearly stressed by the situation. It's amazing to me, and a credit to dogs, that more children don't get bitten in these circumstances.
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"will tell you to never leave a dog and child unsupervised, but none of them tell you how to recognize the subtle signs that your dog is uncomfortable"

Why Supervising Dogs and Kids Doesn’t Work
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Why are there an estimated 800,000 Americans seeking medical attention for dog bites each year, with over half of these injuries to children ages 5-9? The bites are not a result of negligent parents leaving Fido to care for the baby while mom does household chores, oblivious to the needs of her children. In fact, I’ve consulted on hundreds of dog bite cases and 95% of the time the parent was standing within 3 feet of the child watching both child and dog when the child was bitten. Parents are supervising. The problem is not lack of supervision. The problem is no one has taught parents what they should be watching.

Parents generally have not received any education on what constitutes good dog body language and what constitutes an emergency between the dog and the child. Parents generally have no understanding of the predictable series of canine body cues that would indicate a dog might bite. And complicating matters further, most parents get confused by the good intentions of the child and fail to see when a dog is exhibiting signs of stress. The good new is all of this is easy to learn! We can all get better at this.
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well the good news for all of this body language stuff is that Otis is scheduled to begin obedience classes next week and i plan to try to set up some one on one sessions with the trainer as he does offer them. hopefully that will help us in time. thank you all for your input.
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"There are a tone of "cute" dog and baby/toddler/small child pictures and videos floating around the Internet that give dog experts the heebie jeebies because the dog is so clearly stressed by the situation. It's amazing to me, and a credit to dogs, that more children don't get bitten in these circumstances. "

Bane of my life these oh so cute vids. of babies with dogs. Yes, the person taking the vid. is there, but what message is this sending to the public. It's NOT CUTE to leave a baby lying on the ground with any dog. However 'trustworthy'. To anybody who can read dog-body-language, so many times, it's beyond clear that the dog is very far from happy in these situations. Makes me shudder to be honest. Never assume!
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