Post # 32
We adopted one shelter dog two years ago and our second one was adopted a year ago on Thanksgiving. We now have two dogs, both 3-4 years old. I am 10 weeks pregnant. I love my furbabies and I don’t see them being any issue when we have the human baby, except having to keep the floors super clean all the time because our corgi SHEDS!
Post # 33
As a new mom (dd is 4.5 months), who is at home with a baby, 2 dogs, and a cat while my husband has been away for work training for the last 3 weeks, I say think really hard about it first! We don’t have a fenced yard right now and it is really hard to walk 2 dogs 3 times a day with a baby stroller. And our rescue chihuahua isnt house trained very well and will go on the floor if she doesn’t go out exactly on schedule, so that’s another issue I’m dealing with this week since baby’s nap/feeding schedule doesn’t line up with the dogs schedule. I love our dogs to pieces and they are worth it, but I do sometimes wish we had a few less creatures to take care of. i feel bad for them because we just don’t have the time for them that we used to, but we would never get rid of them and I know that things will get better when our daughter gets a little older and can play with them. So if I could go back in time, I’d probably wait.
Post # 34
@sunsetchristy: I agree with PPs that having a dog, especially a puppy, is good practice before having a baby. You learn a lot about yourself AND your SO.
I cannot wait to eventually have a baby with Darling Husband, but let me tell you…I have NEVER seen a grown man get sooo bent out of shape over anything as he does when our puppy has an accident on the kitchen floor! Luckily, she’s grown out of it for the most part and it takes literally two minutes to clean up with some Lysol, but really…I tell him all the time that if this is how he reacts to a puppy getting some pee on our tile floor, i can’t wait to see him get through a baby 😛
Post # 35
We adopted a dog from the shelter; she was 18 months when we adopted her and she was already housebroken and potty trained. We did not know when we adopted her that she was potty trained; the shelter couldn’t confirm her information (she was owner surrender).
She just had a couple of accidents the first couple of days, but only because of fear, she’s a very shy dog and would get scared very easily and pee out of fear, and the first week anything would scare her, new people, new places L But other than that she would always hold it until we took her out.
Another positive of adopting an older dog is that the personality is already set, not like a puppy that you won’t know what their activity level/personality will turn out to be.
It also made us more responsible, we have to wake up early to take her out, no matter how late we went to bed. We can’t be away from home for too many hours; she needs interaction, walking, food.
It seems like a lot of work sometimes, but we can’t imagine our lives without her. We’re currently TTC and I’m not really concerned about introducing baby & dog. Our dog is really well behaved and once I’m pregnant will start training her to be ready for baby (sounds, new routine, etc).
Post # 36
@sunsetchristy: For me personally getting a dog before having a baby was a not because I thought a dog and baby would be too much at the same time, but because we travel ALL of the time & we knew that we wouldn’t make great pet owners constantly being gone. We have now settled on getting an animal when there are no more diapers in our house & our future kids are old enough to learn the responsibilities of having an animal.
I know LOTS of people that get dogs before having kids and of every one I know none of them would do it differently. Even if you were to get a puppy now it would be at least 1 by the time baby comes. That would give you guys a solid year to focus solely on the dog, house train it, etc. I could totally see this working. The only issue I could see with adopting an older dog would be if it has any established bad habits, separation anxiety, etc & those things don’t typically happen with a puppy. Also, might be a good idea to research different breeds because some dogs are SUPER hyper and require LOTS of attention, walks etc which might be difficult when baby is little. (my friends with Boxers say its hard to balance time between dog and baby & that they generally can’t push stroller and walk dog because dog just wants to take off…I have 2 different friends with boxers who both say this.)
Good luck with whatever you decide!