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Old 12-09-2013, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have no idea which forum this would fit in, so MODS move it around if needed.

First, the good news - I'm gonna be a grandmom around mid-may. First time, so it will be hard to not spoil the bugger lol.

Next the questions. Woolf and his limitations <sigh>. He has done fantastic progressing as far as he has in his behavior, but is still a very managed dog. It goes without saying, my first and foremost priority is the safety of the granbaby, my second is protecting Woolf from himself.

We are going to be installing a kennel run most likely next to the deck, an out of the way area but still close enough it won't be like he is completely cut off. He'll have that, or times when he just can't hang out in the run, he'll have his crate and free run of the bedroom - there will be a latch installed high on the door once it is needed. This would be put to use when the kids and baby are visiting.

Is there anything else I can add to this setup or change to make it easier and/or safer? Punch holes in it or tell me what you did if had similar issues.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OMG congratulations Twyla. You must be excited about being a grandmom!

I know you said baby visiting. Will they be staying with you for long periods of time? If not you can just crate him for a while when they're around.

Sorry, that was the only question that popped in my head that seemed really relevant.

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You bet I am excited

Length of visits will be just a few hours at a time, then later will come the babysitting (i'm guessing).
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There is always letting Woolf see and smell the baby. Some dogs just KNOW kids are sacred little cows and act accordingly. Not saying toss the kid on the floor and shut the door and go watch a game on TV, but give the pooch a chance.

A friends of mine has a BC that I would without hesitation put a newborn on the ground and expect a happy, healthy baby to be in the same place with 5 mins of unsupervised time passing. Brodie is just that kind of dog(I would NOT do this mind you). Brodie has 5 kids under his belt, he is 10 years old and the oldest kid is 8. He's fought off bears for those kids, he's earned his stripes.
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Woolf is FA with forward aggression. Other then us and the extended members, he barely tolerates humans and only because we don't give him a choice. I would love for him to be able to see and smell the baby, but it just isn't an option.
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Grats Twyla on grandbaby. You know what they say? Your grandchildren are you reward for not killing your children when they were growing up. hehe Keep the dog crated.
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LOL reward time is right. Don't forget payback time as well. Chance to spoil the baby and send'em home and laugh at son when he starts going crazy with the stunts kids pull.
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congrats!!!!! you know your dog best, but is all this needed?
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Major Congrats!!! I'm still waiting to be a Grandmother. I'm thinking I'm going to have to buy my own grandchildren......

I have a dog who is aggressive and has to be managed. We have a dog run made of the stronger grade chain link. It has a chain link floor as well (even though he isn't much of a digger). It sits under a tree away from any doors etc. It sits far enough away from the exterior fence that should someone stretch and try to put their hand in the run, they shouldn't be able to reach. Then as an added measure, we have the hot wire along the top of the outer fence. For other reasons as well, but if someone were to try their best to reach and put their hand inside the run, they'll get shocked before they'll get bit. But it's close enough to the exterior fence that he isn't so isolated when we are doing yard work or out in the barn. He is still in the 'middle' of the family mix.

He is only out of the run unless I am home. Nobody else manages the dog. He is also aggressive with my GSD so I have to watch who I turn him out with. It is just eaiser for me to be responsible. I always worry that someone will 'forget' to put him up or let him out. So I elect to do it all myself. He is good with me and I've had him long enough that I can read him pretty well. This has worked for years with out any problems.
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Congratulations on the new baby, I hear that the best part of being a grandma is you get to spoil the little one. And then when they start to fuss and complain you hand them right back to their parents.

That's what my parents do with my kids ha-ha..

Well wishes to a happy and safe delivery

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