Post # 1
ok ladies so I need your help. Darling Husband, Dirty Delete and I have been looking for a puppy to adopt since before we got pg. We already have a maltese who is older but not old and we finally found a puppy that the rescue really wants us to have. It’s a bigger dog which is what we wanted, a 4 month old bernese mountain dog/collie mix. We have met the dog with our dd and other dog and everything seems good BUT I am just nervous about taking care of a dog while pregnant bc I get home way before Darling Husband and also having a puppy around with a newborn. Now I know this sounds crazy but we really want this dog and think he will be a great addition to the family and watch over the baby and dd, so ladies what are your thoughts/ opinions? oh and I am 23 weeks pg and feeling good.
Post # 3
My friend got a German Shepherd puppy while pregnant. She got her boy at the end of March and her baby was born at the end of November. She worked on getting basic training down so that he would know certain key commands by the time the baby was born. Things like stay, drop it, give it, etc. She was also fostering kittens at the time too so she was a busy lady! She didn’t have any problems while pregnant and hasn’t had any problems since the baby arrived. The pup, now almost 15 months, is wonderful with the baby.
ETA: Now that the baby is here she makes sure the puppy gets his regular walks, there’s just a stroller along as well. I think she also had the pup stay with his breeder while she was delivering so she didn’t have to worry about him, but you could also board your puppy during that time.
Post # 4
As long as you get to training the dog right away to “do his/her business” outside it should not be too much of a problem. Dog body fluids are not as bad to be around as cat ones (contain lysteria), but you still want to be careful around it while pregnant. If you have to clean something up, maybe just put on some rubber gloves and maybe one of those flu masks just to be extra safe. In general larger dogs are great with kids and love watching over them as “puppies.” Best of luck with both new babies 🙂
Post # 5
Lots of training, discipline, rules, boundaries and exercise. There is no reason you can’t all co-exist together like a sweet little family, you just have to put in the steps to make it work 🙂
Congratulations on your baby!!
Post # 6
@ms sweets: If you’re having doubts, why not wait until after your baby is of a slightly older age where it doesn’t require so much work from you? A dog is a member of the family too, and also deserves the proper time and attention you can give to it. There’s no shame in waiting a little while until you get settled.
Post # 7
@ms sweets: I say GET IT!! I’m trying to convince my hubby that now is the time for puppy#2, as well! Once school gets out mid-June, I’ll be home all day til Dec. Yes, of course, I’ll have a baby in August, but I think I can do it!
As for that breed…I have a purebred Bernese Mnt dog, and she’s fantastic. super lovey dovey family dog. They are known as the “gentle giants.” Collies have a bit more energy, but again, I loooove dogs and if you’re hubs is on board…GET IT!! 🙂
Post # 8
I think having 2 dogs, one of them a puppy, with a newborn would be a LOT of work. While pregnant I wouldn’t think it would be a big deal, but it does seem overwhelming to me. That said, I think that kind of dog would be amazing with kids, since both breeds you think he is are. I love bernese mountain dogs!
We have an older dog now, and eventually want to get a puppy but we agreed we will wait until our future kids are old enough to ask for one 🙂
Post # 9
thank you all so much for your advice. I too have heard they are gentle giants. He came over to our house for a visit tonight to see how he was with our Dirty Delete and dog and it was so much better than in the store bc they can get one on one time without everyone else all over them. The foster said she really likes us and thinks he would be very happy here, so I will most likely be hearing from them tomm and we will give our answer, I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought and am still nervouse but also excited he seems like a good boy and smart. Also to add we will be saving a life bc he was set up in a kill shelter before being rescued, so sad. But I will keep everyone updated!
@bunnylovesbear: thank you again for the input it’s nice to hear that you have experience with this breed and you are also pg 🙂
Post # 10
@StuporDuck: I agree. But whatever you do, please make sure you are comfortable with your decision. Nothing bothers me more than when people get pregnant and give up their pets 🙁 Not saying you would do that…I think you are doing a good job of being realistic with the responsibility of getting another dog.
Post # 11
Good luck with the home visit! I think having a new pup with a baby would be way too much work for me, but it sounds like you’re giving it a lot of thought. I have heard great things about Bernise Mt. dogs, and as long as you can get the puppy basically trained before the baby gets here, I would think you’d be fine. Especially since you already have a dog and you’re used to what it takes to care for them.
Post # 12
It will be lots of work, but I say go for it!! I love puppies!
Post # 13
I say do it. You’ll have time to train the dog before the baby comes, and hopefully the older dog will help with some of your expectations and routines… at least that’s how it’s worked for my family. Especially if the dog is already house trained, I say DO IT.
Post # 14
@ms sweets: No problem at all. Here’s a pic of our pup. She’s almost 4 years old now, and she’s a big lazy bones. She’s hyper the first 5 mins you come home, but then she’s a lazy love muffin.
As a puppy:
Aaaand, as a dog:
(Sorry they are so big!)
Post # 15
I love, love, love Bernese Mountain dogs. They are the sweetest dogs in the world.
Post # 16
Awww…I LOVE big dogs!! And I think it is so cool that you are thinking about a rescue pup. 🙂 I think that this is doable, as long as you are both committed to the extra time and energy that this will require. It will be a lot of extra work, and you want to make sure that you will be able to give this little guy the love and attention he deserves too. I’d make sure that your husband is on the same page as far as being able to do a lot of the walks and care taking the first few weeks after you deliver, as you will not be able to get out to do this with ease!
Also, getting into a training class and socialization are MUSTS in this case. You’ll want to make sure you have the basic commands down entirely as soon as possible. I don’t know if Bermese Mountain Dogs are pullers, but make sure you get lots of practice walking on a leash. My malamute pulls like a freight train, and that is one of the things that scares me most about having a bigger dog while pregnant. He has EASILY put both me and my Darling Husband on our rears before, and pulled us down hills and into bushes when he sees something and gets excited!! I’d be extra careful about that when you are pregnant!