When it comes to pets and your new baby, you need to make sure that they’re going to be safe around them, or that they do not develop allergies to these pets. Of course, allergies are unforeseen and having a family member or friend take your pet, or adopting it out might be the best course of action in this case, safety is what I am going to talk about with this one.
Letting Our Very Large Dog Meet Our New Baby
We have two dogs and two ferrets, the ferrets are always friendly with everyone and everything, so that was never an issue. Our small dog bonds quickly with small children, being as he is 10 and has lived through many babies, he is used to them. These were never an issue or worry of ours with our new son. However, we did have a 1 year old German Shepherd and weighing in at over 100 pounds, we had to make sure that we were very careful letting him meet such a small person.
I went through some steps to ensure that nothing was going to happen and I advise everyone not to keep their big dog and baby alone for any period of time. Just because I’ve read horror stories of things going wrong.
Some of my recommendations include, but are not limited too:
• Bringing the cap that the baby wore right after birth to let the dog sniff home
• Let the dog meet the baby slowly and over time – on a leash
• Keep letting the baby and dog meet over and over, in a calm, controlled environment
We just kept exposing the dog to the baby, to his cries, to what he does and over time, our dog got used to the fact that he was part of the family. Of course, he plays with the ferrets and knows that whatever is in the house he cannot harm, but it is still good to be cautious, especially with younger dogs that are super hyper.
We don’t let the baby stay on the floor when the dog is around, in case he decides to get jumpy and not realize where he’s walking, but usually when the baby is in the chair or jumper, he sniffs him and leaves him be.
This is just my experience and it is best to think about how your dog is personality wise, how you feel about it and perhaps get some advice from a trained dog specialist.
Now, our large dog and baby are great friends. He licks his toes, tries to steal his food and socks and loves when he squeals in delight as he grabs the fur on either side of his face to bring him in for a kiss.
Good luck to all those out there with babies and fur-babies and they can co-exist without having to re-home them! It takes time, but can be done!