2 dogs and a baby?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Are we crazy?
    No, we have 2 dogs & a baby and love it. : (4 votes)
    25 %
    No, but I don't have any personal experience. : (10 votes)
    63 %
    Yes, we have 2 dogs & a baby and it's too much. : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Yes, I don't know anything about this personally but you are crazy. : (0 votes)
    I like turtles. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I haven’t had any experience with this, but my brother-in-law has 3 dogs (great dane, golden retriever and boxer) and they are expecting their first child in May.

    As to how it will work out?  I have no idea.  But I would expect with two dogs it wouldn’t be that difficult.

    Post # 4
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    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MmeVT:  We are a 2 dog house and are expecting a baby this summer. In a lot of ways, caring for 2 dogs isn’t that much harder than 1 and the benefits have far out-weighed the negatives. The main benefit has certainly been companionship for our slightly neurotic older dog. She doesn’t like all dogs, especially right away, but she has formed a lovely bond with our second dog, who we did adopt as a puppy, since she gets along with puppies/more submissive dogs best. We already were in the habit of going for walks, buying food, going to the vet, so it really wasn’t hard to add a second dog to the mix. We do try to be more careful with money though and we don’t travel without the dogs as often as we did with one, because pet-sitting is expensive! 

    Post # 5
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    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Commenting to follow! We have two cats and are thinking about adopting a dog too but have the same worries about having a baby down the road.

     

    On the other hand, I talked to my BFF who has a cat and a dog and they are expecting their first. She said as long as the dog is well adjusted and you have them on a schedule it shouldn’t be a problem!

    Post # 6
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    3128 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    We got a second dog for the same reason- our girl had bad seperation anxiety. Honestly it has helped her immensely. They love to cuddle and play. It was a little extra work to establish her dominence over him since she is smaller but it was important since she was with us first. We are pregnant and due in 2 months. I think it will be easier to take care of the two dogs + baby than it would be to take care of 1 dog + baby since, in my experience, 1 dog needs way more attention! I also found out a lot about her by adding in another family member- it would make me nervous to add a baby into the equation without knowing how she would react to a newcomber. 

     

    Even if you get pregnant right away (fingers crossed!) you still have 9 months to work with the new dog before the baby comes. I saw go for it.

     

    Post # 7
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    3722 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it depends on what “services” you have – I can’t think of a way to phrase that better. Right now, we have one dog and live in a townhouse. We have to walk the dog three times a day. If we had two dogs and a baby, this would not work. If you have a fenced in yard, or a yard with a leash and can let them out to do their business, I don’t think it will be a big deal. Walking two dogs and a baby? Nope.

    Post # 8
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I personally don’t find two dogs to be harder than one. They entertain each other quite a bit, and are good company when we have to leave the house. We do have a fenced yard though. If you had to walk your dogs for potty breaks, I think that would be really hard with a newborn.

    As far as vet bills, yes it is more expensive obviously. But any dog can blow an ACL or get an obstruction. I would not get a second dog if I couldn’t afford an emergency vet visit or potentially very costly operation.

    Post # 9
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We have two dogs and a baby. We have a basset hound/beagle mix and a foxhound/beagle mix. Two dogs work better for us, and actually makes having a baby easier. They love to play and go crazy with eachother, which is nice because we don’t have quite as much time for them as we did pre-baby. Luckily, we have a big fenced in back yard and a doggy door, so that makes things a bit easier as well.

    We have insurance on them, so that we can mitigate the cost of vet bills.  

    Post # 11
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    This sounds like me and SO!

    We adopted a dog Sept ’12 when she was 4 years old and needed a forever home.

    She isn’t well socialised but we have looked after my parents’ dog or 6-7 weeks last summer and they got on so well.

    My SO wants 2 or 3 dogs next time, so we’ve been talking about 2 puppies AND a baby when the time comes.

    I don’t think you’re ‘crazy’, more that we’re all crazy and doggies are the BEST friends in the world.

    Post # 12
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    557 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ll let you know in June- We have 2 goldens with a baby on the way! I am worried about them jumping and how they always want to be on top of me…but hopefully we will manage! Fortunately we have “a dog room” (a mud room with a baby gate with their beds, food, etc.) so if they go crazy, they can go back into their room!

    Post # 13
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    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our two dogs were never super close before. One is 10 and the other is 2 so the younger one would annoy the older one. They got along, but they usually did their own thing.  Once our baby came (almost 5 months ago) they’ve gotten so much closer. They’re snuggling on the couch together, playing together. It’s so funny to me how much they’ve bonded 

    Post # 14
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    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    We have 2 dogs who are both 6 years old and we have had them since they were babies. We just had our first human baby in December and while it was an adjustment period, everything is good now. I wouldn’t trade my 3 boys for the world, however with that said, I would not even contemplate getting a new dog right now. My boys are trained and have been for years and taking on a new animal before baby would have been way too much. I would recommend either getting a new dog but waiting at least a year or two before baby or vice versa. 

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