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User - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 115 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 and a half months old and my husband really wants a dog but i feel like she is to young what are your opinions on this?

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Our daughter is 14 months and we have a 9 yr old Pit Bull/Lab Mix who we adopted when she was 4 yrs from the Humane Society and we also have a 7 yr old Husky/Akita Mix who my husband has had since a puppy. Both dogs are on the "dangerous" list but if you raise a dog properly and give them the needed affection and exercise (this is key!) then they are fine with children. Our older dog can get a little grouchy and growl at our daughter but it stops there. We gently disapline the dog and teach our daughter to be gentle. However, as much as I love and trust my dogs, I never leave my daughter unattended around them just to be safe. I hope this helps.

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I would suggest rescuing/ adopting an older dog( ours is a 3 year old pit bull) from a family that has raised it with kids and is past the hyper puppy stages. Our dog is very laid back submissive and easy going, you wouldnt want a leader type dog because any dog is alot of work, training, and commitment especially one who wants to constantly challange your status in the pack. We got King when he was two, he was raised with 4 kids and 4 other dogs so is well adjusted and socialized. Be very careful what dog you pick bc any breed could be potentially dangerous to the baby. My husband had a bright Idea to adopt a rotwiller that had only been around the previous owners grand kids and when my 8 year old went to pet her one day she bit him in the face and almost took out his eye. She was only doing what she would of done to one of her other 4 dogs she used to live with but we had to learn this lesson the hard way. We have also had to give up a pitbull puppy bc she kept biting the baby no matter how much we excercised or trained her.

So to answer your question yes I would get a dog bc they can be very loving companions and a great addition to your family but put a lot of thought and research on the age type and breed that is going to match your lifestyle.(ie. terriers, and german shepards need lots of excercise, and some breeds require alot of grooming or are prone to medical conditions)

Sharon - posted on 10/08/2009

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1. she isn't to young

2. who is going to train the dog?

3. who is going to take care of the dog?

4. are you getting a dog or a puppy?

5. do you know what kind of dog will fit in with your family?

6. are you prepared to have a puppy/untrained dog that may step on, scratch or nip your child? NOT viciously but in play? Puppies PLAY and they like to use their teeth. This wasn't an issue for me because I knew how to train a dog & a baby but I've heard some mothers freak out.

7. are you a dog person? You say your husband wants the dog - its a lifetime commitment. You can't get rid of the dog just because its not working out. well, you could but it would make a lowlife shithead imo.

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Di - posted on 12/18/2011

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If the dog is for your daughter, I'd wait until she is older (old enough to reason with) and then she could choose one from the animal shelter. If it's really for dad (and I suspect it is) then make sure it's trained well and kept outside. Our kids grew up with wonderful dogs - german shep cross, collie, beagle - all great outside dogs (sadly all gone now). When my youngest daughter was 3 years we got a maltese/ jack russell cross for me. She lives inside, has been with us for 10 years and has been great with the kids. Good luck!

Dianne - posted on 10/18/2009

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i dont believe in too young to have a dog but it all depends on your home situation dogs are a lot of work and you cant ever leave the baby and dog alone unsupervised but if you are both willing to put the effort and training in it can be a wonderful family environment for a young child :)

Susan - posted on 10/18/2009

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Depends on the dog breed. Labs are the best. I worked for a vet and this is the breed for children. The have great dispostions. You can trust dogs!!!! It depends on the owner and how they are raised.

Sheena - posted on 10/18/2009

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Sounds like Kate has a lot of dog wisdom. And I would listen to her over a lot of others.



Personally, my family has a 3 year old lab mix, and a 10 month old baby. We've had the dog since he was a pup. Knowing we would be having children, when he was young I would pull his tail, stick my fingers in his mouth, ears, between the pads on his paws, doing little things I suspected a young child might do. The dog is a large dog, but as gentle as can be, allowing my son to crawl all over him. But that doesn't mean I'm ok with leaving them alone in a room together. Always have to be watchful.

Iysha - posted on 10/17/2009

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I'd get a dog and train it real good somewhere else. I have a golden retriever that is 3 years old and my daughter is 3 months. Jade (my dog) is super good with her since she was trained as a puppy. My daughter even pulled on her hair and all Jade did was look back at her.



Get the dog used to your baby's sent before bringing it home by taking your baby's blanket and letting the dog sniff it and lay in it. We did this before my baby came back from the hospital and when we brought her home, Jade just acted like it was no big deal.



I wouldn't get a puppy since you will have to be training it at the same time you have your child wanting to grab and pull on it. I'd wait if you are going to get a dog that hasn't been trained properly somewhere else. My Boyfriend and I are waiting to get our own dog when we move out of my parents house. I want to wait until she is 4 or 5 to get a new dog so she will understand when we tell her not to touch, to not pull and so on so she doesn't get bitten before the puppy is trained not to bite.



If you do decide to get a puppy now, I suggest golden Retrievers. They are beautiful and are known to be nice family dogs. Austrailian Sheapards too.

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If its what you want GO for it we have two but we wanted her to grow up around pets we have a american pitbull and a English bullterrrier we got our english BT when my daughter now 15 months was only 9 months old she is comfortably growing up with her but i can put a BIG number one on our Pitbull he is the best ever dog with her she crawls all over pocks and prods him lies with him just like another sibling i would get another over the bully or any breed any day P.S google best rated dogs with children we did that and you get a rating on breeds hope my response helps

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It depends on the dog, but I would waiy until the child is a toddler first. Don't get a big adult dog because you don't know if they can be trusted. Make sure it's a puppy or a small dog.

Lauren - posted on 10/17/2009

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This is actually the PERFECT time to get a puppy. ONLY a puppy though, no older dogs. That way they grow up together. My husband and I got our german shepherd when I was 5 months pregnant, and ever since Jett was nb, our dog has loved him and they are great together. Just make sure to socialize the puppy with other dogs and people right from the start so he doesn't get too protective. If you think your daughter may have allergies(if both of you do, good chance she will), do your research to find a non-allergenic breed(labradoodle, yorkie)

User - posted on 10/17/2009

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Definatly go for a puppy over a dog, you dont know a dogs history. Be prepared for a lot of hard work, we have a labrador and they love to be praised for doing things correctly so i have found they learn quicker than say a staffy. We done a lot of research and myself and parter both wanted to puppy so we were fully prepared wat was to come. Train it right and you will have a loving family pet. If you are at home all day you will be its master and will be the one to train it. Good luck to you im sure ul be fine should you decide to get a puppy

Kristen - posted on 10/17/2009

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I have a 17 month old daughter and two very large dogs - a Saint Bernard Mix and a huge Black Lab. They do GREAT together. The mix had to adjust a little when she came home, but he is wonderful now. If you are getting a dog after your baby is born then the dog will just think that the baby is part of the family. Yes, sometimes my daughter had gotten knocked down, or whatnot, but the dogs NEVER mean to hurt her. It is always when they are playing or something. My lab will let her sit on her back and bounce, or use her head as a stepping stool. Dogs are a great addition to a family. One caviat, make your husband train the dog if you get a puppy. You have your hands full with a baby!

Julie - posted on 10/17/2009

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You don't want to get a high energy breed that is also large because the dog could knock her over accidentally. I would say a Golden Retriever that is no younger than 2 years old would be a possibility ... I'd try a rescue group for Goldens and describe your situation, and then ask if they have a gentle Golden that you could try out.

Julie - posted on 10/16/2009

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You don't want to get a high energy breed that is also large because the dog could knock her over accidentally. I would say a Golden Retriever that is no younger than 2 years old would be a possibility ... I'd try a rescue group for Goldens and describe your situation, and then ask if they have a gentle Golden that you could try out.

Cary - posted on 10/16/2009

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My daughter is also 8 and a half months old. We have 2 dogs, boxer and a rottweiler. They are both great with my little girl and she is fascinated by them. Have a new baby and a new dog can be a challenge but I think the 2 of them will be the best of friends!

Kerry - posted on 10/15/2009

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We've got a 10 year old 60 lb dog and a two year old son. Our dog was just over eight years old and hadn't really had much exposure to kids, but she has been AMAZING!! They are best friends and she is so nurturing to our son....she watches over him, and lets him crawl all over her. Mind you, we are always sure that we are close by when they are together and praise her a LOT when she's patient with him. She's a German Shorthaired Pointer....every one of this breed I've met has been great with kids....the only down side is that they are relatively large and can be VERY high energy, so they may knock a small child down. If you're going to get a puppy, I would recommend a smaller dog, but not too small since a toddler could easily hurt a wee dog like a Chihuahua. I think it's great for children to learn to love and respect animals, just be sure to do your research and be prepared for the extra work that will be involved on top of having a baby. Good luck!

Evelyn - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have an 18mos old and am expecting twins and we have 3 dogs (all rescues) and a cat. If you're ready for the commitment then by all means go ahead but please make sure you are sure of your decision, it wouldn't be right for you to get rid of it after a few months when you find it's too much work or smell or dirt or whatever. I would strongly suggest adopting an older dog. They are often times great dogs, often left behind by older guardians who can no longer care for them. These dogs are usually trained and much more calm than younger dogs. By adopting or getting a rescue you'd be saving a life and giving a senior a happy retirement. Yes the thought that your daughter might have to deal with death at a young age is a possibility but then you could also use it to teach her abot it and teach her how great it is to rescue a life rather than buy a designer puppy at a shop like any other material good. Once she's a little older and you can take on training a younger dog, then perhaps you can rescue a pup! :) Oh and think of this now... the dog isn't for your young daughter, it's for you and your hubby! You're the ones that'll have to care for it!

Irina - posted on 10/14/2009

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Just wait till your daughter wants a dog and is ready to take care of it or at least help. Good luck!

Laurel - posted on 10/13/2009

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a puppy, maybe not...but dogs know when to be gentle in my experience. we have a 130lb dog that is totally tolerant of our 4 year old and 8 month old.

Lauren - posted on 10/13/2009

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we have a greyhound and he is fine. its important to choose a breed that suits your family (ie high energy/low energy etc) and be prepared for the work required (feeding/training etc)



A well chosen dog will be a great addition to your family and your childs life. a poor choice will result in many more problems!



 



And also, i agree to the point of 'never trust a dog' but in the way that you would never trust a young child with a dog alone.. children dont have  aconcept of understanding what can hurt a dog and the dogs may not have the ability to not snap if hurt..

NaTasha - posted on 10/13/2009

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So I would NEVER say you can't trust a dog!! REALLY!!??!! We have 5 dogs! 4 of which are 100+ lbs bullmastiffs!! They are the BEST! I grew up with a german shepherd and he was the best! When we got out first mastiff our son was 3 and daughter was only 6 months and the dog was 80 lbs and 6months old and when the baby was around he was a calm as can be! They are the best things that we could have! Loyal and protective yet fun to play with! Heck the dogs listen better to the kids then us!! My children are now 9 and 6!

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I grew up around dogs. My grandmother (cranky lady anyway) had and Old English Sheepdog. It bit my 2 year old brother for his donut. He needed 140 stitches in his face. He doesn't remember it. That dog also bit me and my cousin. DON'T FRET, THERE'S MORE. It's all about the dog. I have a Black Lab mix and a Tea Cup Yorkshire Terrier. I am strict about having them in a designated space when the kids eat. I teach my kids to sit at the table, no sharing with animals, how to play nice with the dogs and so on. Some dogs are territorial, but that means protecting your daughter, also. Do some research. Labs are good in my opinion. But, if you're not comfortable with it, do not get a dog. You'll just stress even more. It's all about you, your daughter and your husband. Feel it out and you'll be fine.

Stephanie - posted on 10/13/2009

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I am a stay at home mom with a 2 year old. We adopted a 4 year old dog from the pound and he is amazing. We got him when she was a little over a year. She is two now I have the older dog and a new puppy. It's a lot of work. If you stress easy then don't get a puppy. But maybe take a visit to the pound and maybe you can find something you guys like. Just make sure you play with that dog before getting him and see how he does around your daughter.

Candace - posted on 10/13/2009

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Having a dog is a great idea. Your husband has to be ready to help with both the dog and baby. You must be stern with the dog and I stress taking an obedience class. Find a good trainer in the area and talk to your breeder or shelter. A Golden is a great choice, I have some great pics of my kids when they were young with our Golden. There are alot of great dogs for kids out there. Do your research.

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Having a dog is a great friend for your daughter to grow up with, the only issue with a puppy is who is going to train the puppy because it is like having another child. If your husband is willing to do all the work than it is a great idea. If not than I would reccomend waiting until you are past the difficult stage of having a baby in the house. This way you have the time and patience for both your child and a new puppy.

Lexy - posted on 10/13/2009

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we had our dog a year before our daughter was born and he's amazing with her...

If you got a puppy it would be a hell of a lot of work especially keeping your childs toys away from it!

You'd be better off getting a slighty older dog that has experience with children rather than a puppy at her age.

Scotty - posted on 10/12/2009

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i have 2 children,soon to be 1,& the other just turned 2....I have a 85 lb Boxer,who just lays there as the baies beat on him,he doesn't ever move until they grab his bean bag...lol He had a sister who recently died,& she would just walk away as soon as she saw 1 of the kids coming over to her....So,as long as u train the dog correctly,you should have no problem.But,Boxers are considered 1 of the best dogs to have around kids,because there like kids themselves.MayBe try a rescue dog that has lived with kids be4,or get a puppy & a Crate,& have them grow up together.

Kate CP - posted on 10/12/2009

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Quoting Martina:

This is the best advise regarding dogs you will ever get...so listen to it
Nice one kate!
A dog is an animal and should be treated as an animal and not a human, it needs to know its place in the pack whether it be an animal or a human one and in the home the humans need to be ahead of him in the pack.
To many people think treating dogs as if they were animals is cruel...i think its cruler to treat them as humans and expecting them to think like humans.
We didnt let our dog inside until he was about 1 yr old - now it is a previledge for him and he behaves very well. Unfortunalty we havent figured out how to housetrain him now but we have accepted the fact that he can not be left inside for too long nor unsupervised and this works fine with all of us. He does not eat before we do nor is he allowed to sleep anywhere other than his bed in the lounge. Apart from the odd misbehaviour he is an awsome , quiet well behaved stafi cross and as gentle as can be. and he know we love him and we know he is happy , healthy - but constant training (reminders ) is required...thats about all they have in common with kids ha haha


You can message me if you want and I'll help you house train your dog in 14 days. Yes, I am that good. ;)

Martina - posted on 10/12/2009

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This is the best advise regarding dogs you will ever get...so listen to it

Nice one kate!

A dog is an animal and should be treated as an animal and not a human, it needs to know its place in the pack whether it be an animal or a human one and in the home the humans need to be ahead of him in the pack.

To many people think treating dogs as if they were animals is cruel...i think its cruler to treat them as humans and expecting them to think like humans.

We didnt let our dog inside until he was about 1 yr old - now it is a previledge for him and he behaves very well. Unfortunalty we havent figured out how to housetrain him now but we have accepted the fact that he can not be left inside for too long nor unsupervised and this works fine with all of us. He does not eat before we do nor is he allowed to sleep anywhere other than his bed in the lounge. Apart from the odd misbehaviour he is an awsome , quiet well behaved stafi cross and as gentle as can be. and he know we love him and we know he is happy , healthy - but constant training (reminders ) is required...thats about all they have in common with kids ha haha

Martina - posted on 10/12/2009

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I have to say it would have no effect on your child but a puppy is a lot of work and care and unless your husband is completely dedicated to looking after this puppy and take turns on the baby I'd advise yo not too. If you allow it to live and sleep inside there is the toilet training and the cleaning that goes with it , the feeding which is pretty much 3-4 times a day, the puppy dioreah plus they wont be vacinated for a wee while so you need to be careful with that too - I found that having a baby is easier than having a puppy. Only difference with a puppy you can put it in the garage if need be.



Plus they wil shew up everything and have very sharp little teeth and while they are in their teething phase will chew everything and mouth everything including your child.



but hey if you guys are prepared to take all that extra work on hey go for it puppies can be a lot of fun too

Kate CP - posted on 10/12/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

Why is everyone ignoring Kate? She knows what she is talking about and has seen the results of bad decisions regarding the purchase of dogs. I would take her advice.


Sadly, most people don't read the responses before posting. Also, almost every client I have ever had has told me "I thought I could do it by myself at first. Then things just got worse." People don't think they need a dog trainer until the issue becomes a serious problem. A day in the life, I suppose. :/

Jessica - posted on 10/12/2009

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I had just gotten a 10 month old Australian Shepherd when a few weeks later I found out I was pregnant. This breed of dog is not supposed to be very good with young children, but my baby pulls his hair (which I stop and tell her no) and my dog doesn't seem to flinch. She tries eating his food and we watch her closely because we are afraid she will choke on it if she gets a piece, but the dog doesn't mind. Yes, we do pick up land mines in the yard often and the dog does get excited and push her down (sometime she cries, but not always). I don't think you should make your decision based on the fact the your child chases other dogs and seems to like them. You should get a dog because you and your husband want a dog and are willing to take care of it. They do make cats called Fur Real Friends that are very life like that would satisfy your childs curiosity, but you would have to watch her around it because I'm sure they are not made for babies to play with (I believe the age group is 4 and older). Good luck with your decision.

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it would of been alright if you got baby and dog at same time. i have a 9 month old son and two large puppys 3 and nearly 2 years old i have hit lucky as i said i would not hesitate getting rid of my dogs if they hurt my son. if you do decide to get a dog please do ask the vet or dog gaurdian all the details such as, has the dog been with a family like yours before , and how the dog is with children. sometimes you can intruduce the dog to the child like i did my husband put there chains on and held them so they could only just hold there noses over them. they are absolutely fine with my son so are my mams and my uncles, cant see any reason why not to get a dog especially if the child will grow up wth the dog. we have a joke with my largest dog we going to get her a chariot to pull for my son lol she loves him so much and gaurds him all the time

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Why is everyone ignoring Kate? She knows what she is talking about and has seen the results of bad decisions regarding the purchase of dogs. I would take her advice.

Tina - posted on 10/12/2009

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If you get a puppy and help her to learn to be gentle with the dog, you should be fine. I use the word "soft" with my grandson when he comes over, and he is about the same age as your little one, when it comes to petting our dog's, and he does fine. They are the best of friends. It is all in the way you bring up baby and puppy.

Rebecca - posted on 10/12/2009

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If you get a puppy, remember you will have two babies to take care of. Dogs, regardless of the breed need a lot of attention when they are young. If they don't get it, just like a child, they act out. I would wait until your child is about 3 or 4 before you get a puppy. Your daughter will be big enough, that if the dog knocks her over or runs into her on accident she won't be hurt as badly. She will also be able to interact more with the dog, and that will help them both adjust well. We had our dog for 4 years (he's 7 now) before our daughter was born, and we are still retraining him on how to behave with small children. It is an ongoing process, and I cannot imagine how it would have been if he had been under 1 year old.

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I WOULD SAY YES TO A DOG, I HAVE A 16 MONTH OLD SON WITH A 5 YEAR OLD PITBULL AND A 4 YEAR OLD AUSSIE. AND THEY ARE BOTH GREAT WITH HIM.

Kate CP - posted on 10/12/2009

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Okay, some corrections to the misinformation I have seen recently posted:
1. Golden Retrievers are not necessarily the best pet for a child. Just recently a friend of mine who works with a GR rescue had to deal with the loss of a previous foster dog because the adoption group adopted the dog out to a family with a small child. The dog bit the child at one time and on another occasion chased the child into another room with the intent of attacking him. The parents pulled the dog off in time, thank God, but now the dog has to be destroyed because of some one's screw up. Rule #1: *NEVER* leave a child alone with a pet under any circumstances for any amount of time!!
2. You are not supposed to get the most hyper puppy in the litter, you should get the most out going and curious puppy. Getting the most hyper puppy in the litter can be just as bad as getting the shyest one.
3. Sooner is NOT better! If your child is not ready for a dog (ie pulls tails, ears or fur, pokes eyes, sticks hands in food dish or attempts to pet a dog while eating, runs at the dog, attempts to hug the dog or crawls on the floor with the dog) then you shouldn't get a dog or a puppy.
4. Pit bulls DO NOT HAVE A KILLER INSTINCT!!!! First, a Pit bull isn't even a breed of dog, it's more of a classification. And even the classification isn't all that exclusive. A lot of people call any dog with a large square head a pit bull. American Staffordshire Terriers (American pit bull terriers) were bred to fight other dogs. Any sign of human aggression was not desired and the dog was immediately destroyed. Dogs that go after humans are not good dogs and are not indicative of a breed character trait.
5. ALL DOGS no matter their sex mark their territory. Females just squat in a few different places instead of lifting their leg.
6. Shelters do not normally temperament test their animals. Rescue groups usually attempt to have all their animals tested but it costs money to hire a behaviorist and that's money they don't have. See above story: some dogs who shouldn't go to homes with children are sent there any way. Mistakes can be and are made.
7. NO MATTER THE SEX, SPAY OR NEUTER!!! There is a MASSIVE pet over-population in the US alone (about 2.5 dogs to every PERSON, not house hold) and having your pet sterilized is better for their health anyway.
8. The sex of the dog doesn't determine whether or not the dog will be good with children. THE DOG determines whether or not it will be good with children.
9. IF you get a dog, DO NOT LET THE DOG INTO THE BABY/CHILD'S ROOM. Why? Because there should be a dog free zone in the home for your children. A place that the dogs know they cannot go into which means the child can play on the floor and not have to worry about whether or not the dog soiled on the floor, chews up their toys or bedding, gets fur on their clothes, etc etc.
10. "The best way is your way" is REALLY bad advice. Experts, like myself, have had YEARS of experience and know a lot more about training dogs than your average Joe. 11. Dogs are living creatures and are not toys or "learning experiences".
12. Adopting a dog and then returning it is REALLY cruel to the dog. If you're going to adopt a dog make sure the one you get is the one you will keep. It may take several months of searching but you want to find the best match for your family. Just because the rescue group will take the dog back doesn't mean that you can "try before you buy".
13. You can train a dog to do almost anything, including going up and down stairs. That's no reason to return a dog to a shelter.
14. If you do get a dog...TAKE THE DOG TO A TRAINING CLASS OR HIRE A TRAINER!
15. It is still my professional opinion that you should not get a puppy or dog for a child under 5 years of age. Kids that young don't know how to care for a dog and usually don't care.

Sincerely,
Kate Capehart
Pet Training Specialist, Behavior Modification Expert, and foster parent of dogs.

User - posted on 10/12/2009

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oh also do your homework...contact a cpl breeders and find out information about the type of dog you want, and there are so many resure groups out there, you might be able to find an older dog that has already been temprament tested and over the biting chewing and deficating everywhere....

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i have a german sheperd, and he sleeps in my nine month olds room next to the cot, and lets me know if he wakes during the night. and i trust him with all of my children. he is very protective of them, and my youngest can lay all over him and the dog doesnt care when he has had enough he waits till the baby hopes off and walks away. golden retreivers are beautiful dogs and are good with kids though their puppy stage can last about 3 years so that must be considered. good luck... i wouldnt give up our dog for anything, but you have to be committed they require just as much of your attention and love as your daughter....

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hi nichole, iv got a parson terrier hes 13 and i rescued him from a local shelter, not all dogs from shelters are bad. shelters are good because they help you chose which dog and which dog size is right for your home. they wouldnt allow a non-child dog into your home, also there are always alot of older dogs and with a older dog you get the possible experience of it already lived with children, and house trained. i think a good age for a older dog is around 6 years of age( the saying you cant train an old dog new tricks) is cobblers, we got (milo) our parson when he was 10 yrs old. and he does 5 more tricks than he already knew, a goldie for short is an excellent choice, they are loyal and very trust worthy, id recomend a female (bitch). as they dont mark their territory like males (dog) do. i think your best option is to go to a animal shelter speak to a professional explain your corcerns and they will be more than happy to assit you, dont rush into it reserch as much as you can, go to your local libary and get books on the bread. my milo has been here since my 12m old daughter was born dogs are a great learning experience for babys, your going to get trainers send messages on here saying things like dont do this and dont do that but the best way is your way, respect the animal and it will love you back. Also if you feel she is too young dont just give in as you will resent the dog and not love it as much as it deserves. also alot of rescue centres will let you try out a dog or have the option to change the dog if there is a major problem, like we first got a black lab and we lived on the second floor the lab went up the stair but was afraid to come down so wasnt a good match, we took the dog back and now he lives in a ground floor place. also if you just go buy a dog and it dont work out thats another dog in a centre so go to a centre and have a look, plus its a nice day out, also which you proberly already know, no matter how long you've had a dog dont leave it in the same room with a baby or child when no one is present as dogs get spooked by loud cries and may try to help baby but could result in hurting the baby because of his or her teeth. good luck hun x

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if u do decide to get a dog get a puppy also view the parents as u can c wat type of temperment the puppy is likely to have but never leave the child and dog alone. my brothers dag loves my son and even plays with my son but still i would never leave my son alone withthe dog

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yes she is young but the sooner the better,i would get the dog as a puppy because if they grow together the better it will beand plus it may be more tollerant of your daughter and her reactions to it.i have two children and we have always had dogs and never any problems.my dogs protect my children and are never rough with them i think if you can train your animal and teach it to be gentle around your baby you shouldnt have any trouble!..god bless and good luck to you!

Tanya - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hi i am a mother of 2 my girl is 3 years and my boy is 2 years. I have growen up all my childhood with dogs and i wanted my kids to aswell. We have had our dog for over a year now and she is the most gentel thing around the kids they jump on her and she is like ther best friend.I know that a pupper is alot of work but i do think that a dog is a good thing for kids to grow up with and yes there will be times when the dog will knok over your kid but thats just what happens and if you chose the type of dog you get very carefully and get a bread that has a good history as a family dog you will be so happy.

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The experts say that pups/dogs and small children don't mix. A 5 year old boy in Melbourne has been mauled by the family pet recently,so if you really are going to get a pup for your baby then follow the expert's advice and never leave child and dog unsupervised.

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If you get a dog..... get a puppy. I was told to always pick the puppy that is the most hyper...... I know it sounds weird however, thinkabout it.... the more shy and quiet they are.... the more likely they are to snap.

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let him get one, a puppy, introduce them slowly. all you do is just never levae them alone together. also take her along when you are buying the dog, see how they interact. we have a 8month old daughter and a 7month old dog, we have had him since he was 8 weeks old. they are goood together, i would just never leave them alone together! Also do your researching into breads that are good with children!

Sherry - posted on 10/11/2009

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you could get a dog as long as it was a puppy itself then that way the puppy would be easier to train not to hurt your child nor yourselves but it also depends on the type of puppy as well cause some just have a killer instinct (pit bulls and other dogs of that nature) but if you could get a small puppy and i mean a small puppy i couldn't see no issue in it at all!

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We have just got a puppy! and our youngest is 8 months old!...to add to that I also have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 1/2 year old.



You and your husband are going to be the trainers of this dog and you need to be ready to get a dog...it's not up to the age of your child! If you are a dog person like I you will find it no trouble...yes puppies are like another kid in a way...you need time and energy for it and they are not cheep either! Yes you have to watch them when they play...and also teach your children how to behave around a dog and visa versa! You need to research your breeds...how much room do you have for a dog to run around...what breed of dog suits you and your family ...they are different! Male/female? The main thing I'd like to say also is that what ever dog you get...make sure it knows that you are the boss! and that it knows it's place at the bottom of the 'pack'...that's how dogs work...even around your child/ren make sure that it knows that they are the boss of it...otherwise you will get problems.,,,it will also be a lot easier to train if it is more submissive than aggressive.

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We have a Golden...she is so sweet, kind, gentle and an all around good girl...has never, ever become close to being annoyed although our little girl really does annoy her.....ha ha! I would not hesitate to get another Golden (just as long as you are prepared for the work that goes into a puppy). I will say that I think having a Golden teaches children about the whole world of caring for a pet....and they develope such love for a four legged furry family memeber. Our son, who is six and has grown up with our Golden, Bailey, just loves her...I can say the same for our daughter who is 16 months...they both adore her and Bailey is so so so gentle! She is 13 1/2 and we will miss her terribly once she has left us to go bounce and play in the clouds! If you want a dog, a Golden is surely the way to go!!!!

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Well, a puppy is a lot like a toddler---without a diaper. They chew everything and poop and pee wherever they want. They are also adorable and can be a great addition to the family if you are ready. My question is whether you guys are ready with such a little baby around. If hubby is ready to do the majority of the training, etc, then fine. But if he wants to get a puppy because it's cute and he's got a weird jealousy thing about how much time you've been spending on the baby....not so much. In a few short months (or possibly, weeks) your daughter is going to be up and around and into EVERYTHING. So is a puppy. Sooo....not only do you need to be on the lookout for choking hazards, you need to be careful of leaving the dog and baby alone for two seconds in a room while you go answer the phone, switch the laundry loads, pee, change the bed, or ANYTHING else. Not that a puppy is going to be viscious, but it's just going to be another thing to add to your already growing "To-Do" list. Just double-check your motivation. Do you want a dog because you want to add a dog to the family? Or do you want a dog to fulfill an otherwise unmet need? Just be careful because the wrong motivation won't be fair to you, your family, or the dog.

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