Post # 1
Let me begin this by saying that I am a dog lover. I have a dog. I volunteered at the shelter for years and donate annually to many animal welfare agencies.
That being said, would you allow a dog to lick a baby?
I personally feel like it is an invasion of the baby’s space and while they cannot speak and communicate to us that they don’t like it than I am not going to let the dog lick my baby. A new puppy was allowed to come over and smell the babies(I’m ok with this) but than the owner proceeded to allow the puppy to lick the babies in the face without asking me if that was ok. I am definitely not ok with that and after a lick to the hand and face I stated that it was enough. After which a whole dramafest ensued. “Oh jeez. She’s just giving kisses, etc.”
To top it off, instead of washing her face and hand like I wanted to, I let baby be and she immediatly rubbed her eye with the licked hand and her eye proceeded to swell and turn red. I immediatly washed her hands and face and luckily the redness slowly went away. Both DH and I have dog allergies. I have a right to be cautious because now it looks like DD has these allegies as well.
So do you let your dog/other people’s dogs lick your baby? Why or why not?
Post # 2
I love dogs and let my own dog lick the baby’s feet and hands, but I sure wouldn’t let someone else’s dog lick my baby, and I wouldn’t let my dog lick someone else’s baby. The baby laughs when my dog licks her, but if she didn’t like it (like pulled her hands and feet away) I also wouldn’t let my dog lick her.
Post # 3
I would only let my dog lick my own child under very close surveillance (don’t have kids yet, but pregnant with our first), if someone else’s dog is licking my kid in my house I would put the breaks on it, especially if I thought my child might be allergic. That said, a friend brought her child over to my house (they have two dogs of their own) and my dog licked her excitedly, I put a stop to it pretty quickly but the Mom wasn’t too phased by it.
I think age also plays a big factor in this though, because at a certain point kids can let you know if they like it or not (even really young ones), they will cry if they don’t like something, they will laugh if they do. I think it depends a lot on the kid as well.
Post # 4
I would maybe let my dogs lick my own baby, but never someone else’s. Personally I don’t even like my dogs that close to other people’s children.
Post # 5
Meh I guess I don’t see a problem with it. I would probably ask the parent if it is okay first. Then again I grew up on a farm so being around animals of all kinds doesn’t phase me a bit
Post # 6
baletrina: no, I wouldn’t let a dog lick my baby and I don’t let my dog lick other people without permission. I’m one of those who doesn’t pet animals without permission.
It’s a boundary / personal space thing. I don’t let people give me kisses randomly so why should I let dogs?
Post # 7
Not related to babies… but for me personally, I’m fine with my own dog licking me (not my face) or rubbing up against me, but I hate it when other dogs try to do anything like that with me.. I don’y know where they’ve been!
Related to babies… My nephew is 20 months old and has been in love with his dog (and all dogs) ever since he was born. When he was a baby, Bones would follow whoever had him and “supervise” what was going on. He also slept next to the crib guarding it. Once my nephew was old enough to be able to understand things and move on his own he quickly learned that Bones would want to steal his food (he wont grab it from him, but he will wait until he’s not paying attention to it and slowly take it) and lick him etc. So now, and for the last 8 months or so, my nephew can effectively tell Bones to go away and leave him alone, even tho he can’t talk yet.
My sister and BIL have always had a very hands-off philosophy on parenting and so now my nephew can hold his own around big dogs and isn’t scared of them at all. (Bones is 110lb mutt and my family dog is a 140lb Irish Wolfhound).
Personally, when I have kids, no dogs are going to be licking my baby. But I know that from my sister’s experience, it’s not the end of the world if it happens.
Post # 8
I am from a huge animal loving family & I hate being licked! I think it’s gross. FI doesn’t mind at all. I wouldn’t let a dog lick my baby. Though if it were a toddler who didn’t mind Id be ok with it.
Post # 9
Thanks for the input. The dog belongs to the in laws and we were at their house. They are dog people with dog children. I didn’t want to offend them but I’m all for protecting the baby who is 6 months old and can’t tell us if she doesn’t like it. She is pretty chill and only cries when tired. I’m not worried about dog tolerance cause she loves dogs, especially ours.
Later the puppy went out to pee and came in and licked her privates clean. Ew. Glad I washed the baby.
Post # 10
I’m a huge animal lover but I wouldn’t let someone else’s dog lick my baby (if had one lol) & I wouldn’t allow my dogs to lick anyone else’s kid either unless they were ok with it. I’d probably let my own dogs give hand kisses but not the face because the face may lead to the mouth & I definitely wouldn’t allow that, we all know where that tongue has been lol.
I think it was very rude of her, especially when you told her it was enough. She should have apologized instead of of insuing the dramafest especially after seeing the reaction to your daughter. & yes it is kind of an invasion of the baby’s personal space but on the other hand I also think they’ll react negatively if they didn’t like it.
Post # 11
Oh yeah, both my mom & FI’s mom would say it wasn’t a big deal.
Post # 12
baletrina: We try not to let our dog lick our DD because she’s only 4 weeks and we want the dog to know boundaries. However, she has gotten some licks in and that’s fine. It’s actually helps build immunity. I wouldn’t want somoene else’s dog to lick my baby all over I would remove my baby from the dog’s reach.
Post # 13
No, I wouldn’t let a dog lick my baby. Dog’s mouths and saliva contain germs I don’t think a baby needs to be exposed to.
If it happens accidentally, that’s one thing, but to let it happen — that’s just irresponsible.
Post # 14
If there’s a dog, it will probably be licking things. If the dog was licking a lot and I didn’t like it, I would remove the baby from the floor. Where is the dog supposed to go? They are quadripeds, and inherently floor bound. I can’t force someone to put their dog away, but I have control over where my child goes.
Post # 15
baletrina: would never let my dogs lick a baby… chances are if they were close enough to sniff, they wold try to lick a baby too but I would tell them no when I saw it.
Nor would I let an infant be licked by a dog. My dogs are all indoors (use wee wee pads) and are exposed to less germy elements than most dogs. Even with that to consider.. i wouldnt. And I certainly wouldnt let a dog who runs around in a yard (which is wildlifes restroom) lick a baby. Only because it is dangerous. Even if the dog is vaccinated for XYZ the baby is not.