(Closed) Spinoff: Worried about your dog around your baby/toddler?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@roxy821:  No, it doesn’t worry nor concern me.  I would make sure to keep an eye and never leave the two alone in same room together.  

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m not really worried. I do think I’ll be super careful between the dog and baby because by the time I have a baby that is old enough to crawl my dog will be pretty old (and old dogs have more aches and pains that could possibly make them snap if they get hurt). But my dog has never been anything but sweet to people or babies. Any time I’ve had him around toddlers he does the ears back/butt wiggle/licklicklicklick thing… so I feel like he likes kids. I just think that I’ll make sure that I don’t leave the two alone and that as soon as my kid is old enough to understand, I’ll be sure they always ask before petting someone else’s dog and they know how to pet nicely and not poke or pull or be too rough with the dog.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’ll have a dog before we have a baby and I honestly can’t see myself worrying to much about this. Parents need to be smart about the dogs interaction with their small child. As long as you’re diligent and confident that your dog will behave appropriately, there shouldn’t be any issues. These cases that have popped up recently are freak accidents. You’d probably have a better chance of being struck by lightening than having your dog attack your child. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@roxy821:  they were “right there” but were clearly not watching the baby or not caring that it tried to use the dog to pull itself up. A dog is not a table or a piece of furniture to be used in that way.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know about babies per se of my own, but my brother when he was born, we owned a full grown rot.  They brought Austin’s baby blanket home before Austin arrived and put it in the rot’s bed so he knew what the scent was.  They never had problems, and ohhhh boy!  Did Austin used to love to climb all over the dog.  The other thing is though the dog LIVED with the child.  So that’s a different type of relationship.

My 6 year old german shephard mix loves my (now almost 10) brother so much he sleeps in his room when he’s gone!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@roxy821: And the baby was also pulling on the dog thus provoking it to lash out. The parents/grandmother shouldn’t have allowed that to happen. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yeah, I thought ‘what if’ when I saw that video. So I went home and started pulling on my dogs and pushing on them, as a kid would, to make sure they didn’t react. And of course, they just looked at me like I was stupid. We have three big dogs. All rescues. And yeah, anything can happen, but we can’t predict it. That was a freak accident that is so so sad but rarely happens. I just pray it doesnt, I’m not getting rid of my pups and I’m not going to not have children because i’m too afraid of what might happen. Guess it’s all in God’s hands.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I dont know, I kind of am (not that my dog would kill a baby) my puppy hasn’t realized that she isn’t a lap dog yet. She’s a 38 lb Husky with about 10 more lb’s to go. She plays with my 2 year old neice, and is very rough. She has never bit her but she just pounces on her and scratches at her and it scares the bejeezus out of me.

My dog is very well trained, and listens to Darling Husband and I’s commands, but she freeeeeeeeeeaks out when littles come around because it’s friends her size. So I am nervous how she will be around an infant, although maybe by then she’ll be older and calmer. (She’s almost 8 months old now)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are a CBC couple, so this won’t be a big issue for us. However, my two dogs are around children fairly often (nieces, cousins, etc.), and they’ve never been aggressive at all. They aren’t even around children the majority of the time, which supposedly makes them worse at handling it. To top that off, they’re standard poodles, which isn’t a breed known for being particularly child friendly. Still, they’ve never been aggressive at all. Personally, I’ve been much more concerned for my dogs than the children. The dogs haven’t been aggressive at all, but the kids will pull their tail, push on them, etc. if they get the chance. Granted, the kids are being playful, but it’s still a problem. Throughout all this, my dogs have never been aggressive. We watch them constantly and correct children when they behave inappropriately around them, but sometimes it happens suddenly and we can’t preemptively stop it. I’ve grown to hate having most children around them for this reason. Not because it’s dangerous for the kids, but it’s unpleasant for my dogs. Sometimes it isn’t the children who get the short end of the stick. I think it’s also important to ensure the children who are around your dog aren’t making it miserable because that isn’t fair to it and makes it much more likely to be aggressive. Just another perspective. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

 

I am not commenting on the article, I have said what I have needed to say about it. Remember that when it comes to the media, you will only tend to hear about the bad things and they are usually biased. The instances of a dog shaking and mauling a child to death are rare. A dog that outrights attacks a baby on sight is also rare. Not to say it dosn’t happen. If you are concerned about it, do not let your child around the dog or do not get a dog until you child is older. You know your pet better then anyone else. Things can happen quickly with a child, so if you want to be 100% sure, then no pets.

Most of the time do not be surprised if a bite or scratch does happen. This is the dog or cats way of saying okay, knock it off. In which case a doctor’s visit might be in order in case the wound gets infected but is in no way as serious as an outright mauling. It is just your pets way of telling them that hurts.

Some just lay and take it. Some move away. Some growl and Some bite.

Rarely, does one attack with the intent to kill.

As for my dog. I would be more worried about him getting too excited and jumping on the baby with love in his eyes. He does this to adult, animal, and child alike. So, I will have to train him to sit nicely, this is very difficult for him!We have friends with lil ones where they want to pet him, so I will hold him and tell him to sit while the baby squeals and pets him. If the child starts to pet hard, I will grab their hand and show them how to pet nicely. He dosn’t seem to mind though, he is so excited! Then off to the crate he goes. I know my dog and how he is around children though. He is more then use to them, even though whenever he sees them he can hardly contain himself.

You can keep yourself up at night worrying about all the things that can possibly happen to your child. They are called freak accidents for a reason, they hardly ever happen. Little incidents can and do happen sure, unless you child is in a bubble. But they might find a way to hurt themselves still! I can’t tell you how many broken bones and cuts I have gotten from doing stupid things, most of the time it was when my parents were telling me NOT to do something. I did it anyways!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am concerned and because I am we are doing everything in our power to prepare our dog even though we aren’t TTC right now.

From day 1 we have been preparing Maverick, our 1.5 year old lab/shephard rescue, for children. We pull his tail, tug on his ears, poke his nose etc. Things most dogs hate so that when a child does it he will not react just as he does not react when we do it.

When the baby arrives, he will learn that anything with the baby’s scent is off limits to him.

I think if you are aware and smart about it you can prevent these things *most* of the time!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

We got our dog when we had a 5month old baby. He wa a puppy and we absolutely had a hold of him of where within arms reach until she was a toddler. He was always really good with her, he would sniff her arm pits to make her giggle, they just had this great bond from the get go, but you never know when small children might move too quickly or do something to scare them.

I am pregnant now and was just hinking about this today. I am curious to see how he will behave bringing a baby into the house. Last time she was here before him, so it will be a little different. We will have the same rules though, about how close he can be and making sure we are right there or they will have to be in seperate rooms.

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