(Closed) Baby and puppy?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

teacherbee01:  I don’t have a child yet but I can say that most dogs mellow out by the age of 2. However the type of breed will greatly determine your dogs adult activity level. What type of dog do you have?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

teacherbee01:  Oh yeah that does change things a bit. My brother has a miniature poodle and he just had my little niece in July. His dog is four and is still very vocal.

The biggest problem he has been having is the dog waking the baby. They have tried training the dog to be quiet but they are not consistent enough in training for it to be effective. Although I think the baby is now use to the barking and does not wake.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee

We didn’t have our pup when my son was born, we were idiots and got our puppy (2 1/2 months old) when my little one was 1 month old 😁😳. Obviously we were a little delusional, haha. But it’s worked out well! They are both (baby and pup) 2 years old now and while my dog (lab/greyhound mix) is still very energetic, downright insane  sometimes he’s pure joy and is nothing but love with my youngest son. The biggest thing was giving him attention and acknowledging him so he felt important. Our dynamics are obviously different than bringing baby home into your dogs established domain but people do it everyday just fine.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Our chihuahua/ min pin was a BALL of crazy, non stop energy! Jumped, barked, was so hyper! He was around 3 yrs when my first was born and he was amazingly protective and calm and loving with her. Same when our second child came 2 years later. Of course we always kept a cautious eye on him, but he surprised us with his behavior around the kids! I guess you’ll never know, until it happens, how he’ll react! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t know… I haven’t ever owned a dog. But I have two cats, 3years old, who are mostly mellow, independent and low-maintenance. But throw my baby into the mix, and I kind of wish sometimes I didn’t have any pets at all, at least until Dear Daughter was older. Stuff like meowing loudly right as she’s falling asleep, or scratching the playmat, or trying to eat her leather booties (because my one cat is weird like that)… it’s little things that wouldn’t bother me if I didn’t have a baby, that I might even find endearing, now sometimes make me want to throw the cats out the window lol. Which of course I would never do. And I’m saying this as like, a level 5 cat lady. 

So, again, can’t really speak to how it would be owning a dog, but I’m thinking it’s a little crazier than having cats, so.

But then, some people totally love it and happen to get exceptionally well behaved and chill pets that are totally compatible with life with kids, so it’s hard to say.

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Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My husband always said he wanted to get a puppy when we had a baby. I’m so glad we got our dog first – she’s 2.5 now and just starting to mellow out. I can’t imagine having a newborn and a wild pup!!! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on the dog – we have a neurotic pug/beagle mix. He’s 2.5 years old and we are very worried. We plan on TCC in April. He’s extremely hyper, all over the place, jealous, bouncy, flunked out of two training programs. I can’t imagine him with children. We have a pom/chi mix who is one and is mellow, loving, sweet, etc. 

 We are thinking if he doesn’t settle down or show signs of warming up to the baby when it’s born he’ll have to go live with my parents for a while. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Our dog will be JUST 2 when we have our baby. She has definitely settled down in the last 6 months however is very exciteable when we get home and when we wake up. Apart from that, she is a lot more chilled so I assume this will continue.

More than this, I am worried about her neediness, granted we have spoilt her as she’s been our baby. But she whines in the morning when she wakes up, and can not leave our side. Which is cute, BUT I know this will cause a problem when baby is around. I can’t imagine waking up at 3am for a feed and then having a dog start whining because she can hear me walking around. My husband has started playing baby crying noises now and then to ger her used to the noise, and we have stopped her being allowed on our bed. She sleeps downstairs but when we are upstairs in bed watching tv, or getting ready in the morning she had always been allowed on, so this is done with.

I don’t have a lot of tips, except start making any changes you need to make BEFORE baby is here, not once baby comes. This will prevent the dog associating it with the baby and feeling neglected etc.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

In my opinion, if you work hard enough at training her she should be fine by 2 yo. Especially the jumping up on people or furniture, that can be quite quickly stamped out I think. 

If you usually take the dog for lots of walks that might be hard after baby is born, especially if dog pulls on the lead. Again, with hard work the pulling can be curbed but it takes commitment.

ETA: sorry, re-reading that I’m worried it comes across I’m implying you aren’t committed to or working hard enough at training your dog – not my intention! My point was that you’ve got a little while and you can do it! And it’s worth it to have a dog you can enjoy with your offspring. 

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

I actually got a 3 month old goldendoodle (I love them! They are so precious!) when my youngest son was 3 months old and my oldest 21 months. I can tell you first hand that it was very hard. I was nursing my baby and it was hard to also care for and try to housebreak such a young puppy. By the time they were both 6 months old, my dog was much larger than my son and was also very hyper. He would come down the stairs and literally knock my 2 year old down, he had no inhibitions. We hired a trainer that came over about 3 times a week to help me because I sooooo wanted it to work out and wanted them all to grow up together but even with all of the training it was still a dangerous situation. I felt like with all I had going on with the kids, I could barely keep up with the level of consistency he needed during training. It was hard for me to take him on walks because I had both kids and it was hard to manage the stroller, the toddler and the puppy. He was a large puppy and pulled A LOT. 

 

Ultimately, we ended up giving him to my friend’s sister and her family who live on a farm. He was much happier there and everything was much more manageable for me at home. When my youngest was 2 and oldest 3, we adopted a 3 year old goldendoodle and it was a day and night difference. He was already trained and housebroken. He also had a much more mellow personality as he was an F1 instead of an F1B as out first one. We have had him for 4 years and cannot imagine our family without him. All in all I’m glad things worked out the way they did but I did love my first one like crazy even though it was such a hard (and expensive!) season. To this day he is still happy as a clam roaming my friend’s sister’s land and we ended up with a much calmer dog who is a much better fit. I do wish we had waited or gotten him before we had kids. We spent a lot of money to buy him, get him neutered, vet costs, tons of food and dog training sessions, only to have to give him away. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

I will add that in your case I think you will have a completely different experience. Focus on getting your pup fully trained with good manners and by 2 she will be just fine. By 3 goldendoodles begin to get more mature and they are so incredibly smart. I think as long as her good manners are developed she should be fine. They are amazing with children. My boys are best friends with our dog and he guards them and plays with them when they go outside. 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Most dogs will continue to jump and steal things (or whatever annoying thing it is they like to do–like bark, or chew, or whatever) unless trained to do otherwise. Invest heavily in proper training now — it’ll be much easiser to do it now, and you should be all set with a well-mannered pup when the baby comes. 

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