Post # 1
I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant. My husband and I both want a dog. We found a good fit for our family but we aren’t sure if it’s better to wait until after the baby is born. If we get the puppy now, it will be about 8 months old when baby comes ( it’s 10 weeks old and I’m due the beginning of August ) What do you guys think? Good time for a puppy or not a good time?
Post # 3
At 8 months it will still be a hyper puppy but you can have been working on obedience and potty training so you have to only clean up one messy critter at a time. I don’t think a newborn and a new young puppy at the same time would be fun. Have you considered an older dog (1-2 years) so still young enough to totally yours but old enough to be over some of the chewing and peeing and spazzy puppy stuff.
Post # 4
That’s a tough one. I’d say before, so that you have time to train the dog and give him/her some time where he/she has plenty of attention from your and your husband before the baby comes. However if you’re thinking of getting a dominant breed or a large breed dog, it might be better to wait until after you have the baby so that the dog is introduced to the baby at the same time as you and your husband, and taught to be gentle and that the baby is as much a part of the family as you and your husband are.
Post # 5
@chasesgirl: I’m seconding your suggestion for an older dog if OP is up for it!
Post # 6
My puppy is currently 7 months old and he’s still very much a puppy. He’s fully potty trained but he’s still very hyper and sometimes disobedient. I could not imagine having a newborn and dealing with a puppy. I would advise you to wait until after you have the baby and settle in to get a dog. And I would recommend a slightly older dog, (as in 1 year plus).
Post # 7
Totally agree with looking into getting an older dog–a puppy now will still be a naughty puppy when baby is here, and that would be pretty stressful. This past fall, I came across a 2 year old dog who was already potty trained, kennel trained, and didn’t have any chewing or destructive habits–I was so skeptical because every time I have gotten a dog it’s always been a puppy. I couldn’t imagine it any other way, now, someone else did all the hard work and I just get to enjoy my little guy! I don’t think I will ever get a puppy again now–it was so nice not having to constantly clean up puppy accidents or take a puppy out 2-3x a night. Unfortunately a lot of younger dogs end up in shelters or on craigslist all the time, “Just had a newborn baby and don’t have time for the puppy anymore.”
Post # 8
We got a 5 months old dog when I was about 4 weeks pregnant and it takes some time for the puppy to adjust and for us to adjust but we are glad we got her before the baby, there’s work involved which kind of trains you about compromising, etc. We have also heard great things about dogs and babies. She is definitely part of our family now. I don’t think we would have gotten a dog after baby so we are glad we did it before.
Post # 9
I would get that puppy asap because you are going to need to do a lot of training! Once baby comes it might be years down the road before you have the time/ energy…
A dog is basically a puppy for two years, but if you have a fenced yard it would be much easier (for potty training and dealing with the puppy and baby combo.)
Also, I would absolutely not get an older dog personally. You can train a puppy, but an older dog might have issues you don’t know about! (From potty issues to not liking babies! = nightmare!)
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Is this your first child? Have you ever raised and trained a puppy before? I’d say hold off. This is going to be a very busy time and adding another high maintenance item could be overload. Plus, both babies and puppies are a lot to handle financially, emotionally, and physically. I’d wait about 6 months to a year after the baby was born before revisiting the puppy idea.
Post # 11
I would say after to see how it is going with the baby first. All of my attention is so focused on LO right now.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@LyndzJM: I voted for after but I mean when the baby is two or three. Training a puppy is a lot of work and many breeds don’t really calm down from the puppy stage until they are a year or two old. I personally wouldn’t want to have a rambunctious puppy and a newborn. But if you wait then I would recommend waiting a few years so you’re not chasing a toddler and a puppy at the same time.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Maybe adopt an older dog if you absolutely must do so now. There are plenty of 2-3 year old dogs that are good with children and available for adoption.
Post # 14
My 3.5 yr old dog still behaves like a puppy!! I also encourage an older dog at this point. I can’t fathom wrestling with a puppy and an infant at the same time. Puppies and young dogs require soo much of your time. Think about two lengthy walks a day to make sure pup is getting enough exercise, training, keeping pup and baby separated until pup is old enough to understand s/he needs to be gentle around baby. Keeping an eye on pup to make sure pup isnt tearing things up while keeping an eye on baby.
Is this you and your DH’s first puppy as adults? I know my Darling Husband was completely floored with the amount of work our 7 month old pup needed when we first got him. Make sure it’s something y’all really understand before you sign up for it.
I’d hate for y’all to get a pup now and realize it’s not something you can keep up with down the road or end up keeping the dog in the backyard because s/he is too much to handle.
Post # 15
@LyndzJM: I voted puppy after. I’m normally a fan of getting a puppy before baby, but I think it’s a little late in the game to be doing that. Unless your Darling Husband can agree to handling puppy duty for awhile after you give birth, I think you’re just going to be exhausted trying to deal with a newborn and a hyper pup at the same time.
ETA: I should point out that I’ve never been a mom (only a dog owner), so I actually have no idea how postpartum life is. It just appears really tiring!
Post # 16
I plan on getting a dog/puppy after my daughter is born, probably when she is a little older, too (~5 or 6). Puppies are a lot of work and so are babies, so I would vote wait. 🙂