Post # 1
DH and I just had our baby a few weeks ago and I’m sad to say that our dog isn’t receiving the attention he needs. We don’t have the time or energy to do much else than feed and walk him. He hasn’t been played with in so long, and he’s starting to act out. We really don’t want to give him up, but I know he deserves a home that has the ability to give him what he needs.
Post # 3
Do you think things will improve in the next little while? I’m sure it’s an adjustment for everyone; your dog probably needs time to adjust too.
Maybe you could look into someone coming and taking him out for walks, or a doggy daycare once in awhile to provide some more stimulation?
Post # 4
I feel bad for your dog… I think you should tough it out and try to spend more time with him. Plus, it a year he will be a great playmate for your child.
Post # 5
Find a kiddo in your neighborhood who will GLADLY make 20 bucks a week to walk the dog or play with him in your backyard 2 days a week after school. I did this in middle school for several families on my street.
I think you probably know this – but putting up an adult dog for adoption very often results in euthanasia, so… put an ad up on Craigslist or ask around on your street and see what you find (my sister is 25 and works full time but still does dogsitting for extra cash, so don’t limit your search to kids either)
Post # 6
I wouldnt be so quick to make the decision.
Its a big adjustment for everyone. There are tons of other things to try out before giving him up.
Having a neicenephew or neighborhood kid walk him or play with him.
Set an hour or two out of the day to go to a dog park.
Consult with a dog specialist on how to get your dog used to being around baby
Stay strong! dont give up!
Post # 7
I don’t have much help or advice but friends of ours recently went through this. Their dog just became possessive and too protective of the baby. They gave him to a family member so the transition was smooth on the dog as well. Is there anyone you know that may want a dog? Unfortunately this does happen alot bc change can greatly effect an animal.
Post # 8
Don’t give up on the pup. You can make it work. I am with every one else when I say try to find a dog walker or some one to have a play date with. Plus it has only been a couple weeks, give it some more time. every one is going to need some time to adjust.
Post # 9
Doggie daycare is a great idea. And dog walkers are so easy to come by nowadays.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t give up just yet either. Lots of people go through this at this time in their lives. Wait it out a bit before looking for homes for the pup. It wont always be this hectic. My Fiance considered giving his dog up ( he didnt and now we have 3 indoor dogs and 2 indoor cats ugh) but we felt better putting his pup in a playtime at petsmart where she could socialize and get attention 3 times a week. After the transition of him moving in settled down she got plenty of love ( but deep down I ocassionally hate that dog!)
Post # 11
I am going to echo the others who say not to give up on your dog so quickly. Re-homing a dog is exceptionally hard on the dog, they don’t know why they are sent away, and all they know is that they miss their family and don’t know what they did wrong.
You have to give yourselves some time to adjust, the first month of having a baby is the worst from what I hear, and you will begin to have more and more time for the dog as the baby gets bigger. Your dog could be your babies best friend in a year or so if you keep poor puppy around.
You should consider some of the options the others gave you – dog walker, doggy daycare, hiring someone to come over and play with them! Even taking the dog on a walk with the baby in a carrier would probably be good for all of you (excercise for you, fresh air for baby, time spent with puppy).
Post # 12
I agree, you should check out doggie daycare. Or some doggie daycares have in-home visits. They come by when you are on vacation and takes the dog out to a nearby park. I’m sure they would do it in your situation. In my area it was $10-15 for a 30 minute walk.
Post # 13
Please don’t give up your pup. He is still adjusting to the new situation.
Post # 14
@lolo21: The first few weeks of having a newborn are super time consuming..I would wait at least a few months until you get settled and have a routine down before I would consider giving up a pet.
Post # 15
Your dog has just gone from being an “only child” to all of a sudden not. Your dog is adjusting just like you are adjusting. Plenty of people make it work with a dog, or multiple dogs, and a baby.
I agree with “doggy day care”, etc., suggestions. Even once a week will give your dog an outlet.
Also, having a dog is actually GOOD for your baby! Children that grow up in homes with pets have significantly less risk for allergies and asthma.