animals and newborns?

Teria - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I want to get a dog and my fiancee said after our son is born and we get married I can have a dog, but I am wondering whats the best kind of dog for newborns and children? Our son wont be born till April and we are getting married in June...Im thinking about trying to get out before the baby so the dog is here when the baby arrives..is that a good idea?

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Jennel - posted on 12/27/2009

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i agree with what most are saying dogs are like kids alot of work as puppys so i say wait till you are settled with baby and can spear the time for another baby. As for breed there is no right breed it is very dependent on your envierment how you live what you want from them how much time you want to put into them remember dogs that grow lots of hair need to be combed regularly and taken to groomers every few months witch can get expenceve. Most importently how they are raised same as kids. Good luck i love my dogs one inside and 5 working dogs as we are farmers and im a groomer, i could never raise my kids without having pets. just remember its like having another kid. All the best for what you choose just do lots of reserch and get the best breed for your family.

Christine - posted on 12/27/2009

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i had two dogs and my husband called me from another state when i was 5 months pregnant to tell me he had found a tiny puppy who was under an abandoned house and living on leaves. i told him he could bring her home (since he was already attached) if he trained her. he told me she would stay small and it wouldnt be a problem. once he got her home and i saw that she was going to be huge, i knew we had a problem, she is just over a year now and we have just started training her. she has already picked up tons of bad habits from my other two dogs and although she is as sweet as the day is long, it is difficult to have a one hundred pound dog in my house. i would definately suggest waiting until the baby is a couple of months old before getting a puppy because it wont affect their bonding and there will be less stress for you in regards to time sharing and potty training.



a lot of small breeds are not good with kids (bichon frises, westies, jack russels). my newest dog is awesome she is a lab/shepherd mix. my fave dog ive ever had was a husky/collie.



morgan mentioned this too, but, DO NOT ever leave a baby and a dog alone together. regardless of the type of dog.

Erica - posted on 12/26/2009

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dog training classes are a bit much, i must say. i have 6 dogs (5 chihuahuas inside and 1 medium mutt out) and every single one of them are in love with my kids. 4 are older dogs and 2 are young. of course you have to watch any animal with your kids no matter what age the dog or kids. living in rural alabama, my kids have been around familiar dogs and strange dogs that randomly run around outdoors. mostly, dogs can tell when your kid is too young to know how to act, they seem to have mothering insticts like humans. though there are always dogs that don't have the slightest clue. every dog is different and every child is as well. wait until your baby is able to sit up on it's own to get a puppy. i would recommend a small dog. chihuahuas are hearty and very sweet although they don't tend to do well with other dogs unless raised with others that are NOT chihuahuas. bigger dogs give you the problem of excitement while they young. all puppies go crazy when they're excited and knock over little kids on accident. with a small dog, you don't have to worry about that. good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!!!

Melissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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I think you should wait till the baby is a bit older. If you get the dog first, he might think he's priority over the baby. I had a small dog (7pounds) before I had the baby. Fortunately, the dog is very good with the baby. She is quite protective of the her and won't even let the cat neer her ! :-)

But, when the baby was a few weeks old, I had her next to me on the couch and the dog jumped on her face (by accident) before I got a chance to stop her. We we're lucky she did not leave any marks, but the baby did get scared, cried alot and seemed more nervous after that.

And now, my baby is 6 months old and she is starting to pull the dog's hair. The dog is very patient, BUT you never know with a dog, so I ALWAYS have to be very careful to watch so that she doesn't hurt the dog and the dog doesn't hurt her. When you have a baby, there is so much to do, to watch for and to worry about. Trust me, you don't want to add on to that.

Also, when you have a young baby, you can barely have time to care for yourself, do your housework, etc., therefore you would most likely have very little time to care for your dog. Actually after I had the baby, the dog wanted to play, I alsmot never had time. Often, I would try to get the baby to sleep, then the dog would either run around or bark and wake her up and I'd have to start all over again. So frustrating. Now, when we go out, the baby falls asleep in the car, but when we walk in the door, the dog is all excited to see us, and often waked the baby. It really gets frustrating because this makes the baby cranky and takes away a precious break we could've had...

Erin - posted on 12/24/2009

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I would wait until you have the baby and you are settled into some sort of routine. Puppies are just like children and rely on routine for proper training, and with a newborn that would be very difficult. We have a german shepard and he is amazing with my son and he was the easiest dog/breed to train.

Renae - posted on 12/24/2009

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Sorry I cant advise on breeds, I don't know enough about them. I would just say ensure your dog is well trained and taken to classes so you can learn how to train them properly (dog training trains the owner not the dog! LOL). There are also special classes for dogs and babies in most cities. Also a new dog requires a lot of time and attention and daily training. That will be difficult to do while you are heavily pregnant or have a newborn to look after. I would recommend waiting a year or so.

Candice - posted on 12/24/2009

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dogs are like babies. i'd wait till you're settled with the baby first before you take on another baby.

Brianna - posted on 12/23/2009

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If I was you I would wait till after your baby is born and then think about getting a dog. I have 2 dobermans that are house dogs and dont get my wrong but I love them to death. But my dogs are both around 1 1/2 years old and my baby is 6 weeks old and if i knew i was going to have a baby when i got my dogs i would never have got them until my child was older. Dogs are alot of work exspecially a puppy and with a baby the dog may behave fine with your child but you wont have time for them with a newborn around and so you will feel guilty and they will probably stress you out

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2009

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If you are looking at getting a puppy then I would wait until after the baby is born and things are adjusted. A puppy is very much like a 2 year old and not a fun thing to try to juggle with a newborn and lack of sleep. If you are looking at an older dog then it might be easier, they are not so hyper and jumpy, and are more trained. As for what kind of dog I would suggest you do some research and talk to either the pet store or shelter (or where ever you are getting the dog from). Each dog is going to have it's own temperment just like each person has their own personality, but different breads have a general description. I personally like bigger dogs. Little dogs tend to be more yippie, and needy. Bigger ones tend to be more your teddy bear kinds (but not all bigger ones). Labs, Retrievers, Rottrliers (sp), and I can't remember the name but they are big does with short soft curly hair are my favorites. Another thing to think about with the new baby is allergies. If baby is premature or has breathing problems then you may need to wait until they are a bit older so they can handle the allergiens better that will be in the air. Dogs are a lot of fun and for your child that will be lots of fun memories, but they are also A LOT of work especially when they are puppies (there will be moments you will wonder what you were thinking). So just make sure you are ready for the work that will be ahead.

Amber - posted on 12/23/2009

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I think you should wait.... If you get a dog now, baby arrives soon and it will take attention and training away from the dog, which would probably cause problems..

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2009

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You have a lot to consider!! Big dog or little dog?? Do you have someone that can take care of the dog while you are having the baby?? It would be nice to have the dog and get it house broken before you have the extra work of a new baby!! Let me know how big of a dog you are wanting and I can give you some ideas of which are the best!!

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