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Old 02-12-2015, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy and baby?

So, Dingo is now 7 months old, starts to behave a bit better. Relaxed and calm after his exercise, no more nipping around. I have a daughter, she's 3 months old. Dingo is fine with her, doesnt even notice her. Sometimes as he passes near her, he licks her face, without too much excitement.
My opinion is that it is not something to worry about, but I would like to hear your opinions too!
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't leave baby and dog unattended, and keep a watchful eye on your little girl when she starts getting mobile. Dogs don't enjoy kids who use them as a handle to stand up with, hug them, pull on tail or ears, pull on their lips, or poke their eyes...all of which your inquisitive infant is going to begin doing in the next six months and won't really be trustworthy until around age four. Separate when you can't watch them together, and pay attention to your dog's signals...a nervous dog will yawn, lick it's lips, show a wide "moon eye", turn its head away from the baby, and when the baby goes away the dog will shake like its shaking off the water. You want the dog to feel safe around the baby, and that means redirecting the baby and controlling when and how she touches the dog. If the dog is growling or snapping at the baby, you've missed a whole lot of signals the dog is giving you that say "I am
Nervous and I can't take it anymore! Get this kid offa me!" Most family dog bites with children are completely preventable if you are watching the signals and directing the baby. When the dog has had enough, send her to her crate and give her a stuffed Kong and shut the door.
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