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gaia_bear 02-19-2014 10:43 AM

and Baby makes 3.
Any one have any advice for a first time mom on how to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved mainly Gaia and Cuervo?

Little background - Gaia will be 2 in March, super snuggly, alert barker, low drive. I'm not worried about her, she's the calm one. Cuervo, he's my little wild child, currently almost 8 months old, training in IPO, fairly solid house manners, starting to calm in the house.

Thanks :)

Scout's Mama 02-19-2014 11:06 AM

Congrats! When is s/he due?

IME, supervision and proximity are key. Shadow was 4 when my daughter was born and did GREAT, never had any issues at all. She could tell that the baby was a part of the pack and began "guarding" her almost immediately. I now have a puppy and a toddler which is different in many ways, but requires equal supervision (if not more on the human e I would definitely recommend putting up baby gates early to separate them if you can't be in the room (showering, cooking, etc.).

Do you have any specific questions?

gaia_bear 02-19-2014 11:36 AM

Thanks :) I'm due May 27th.

At this point no specfic questions was more curious about the adjustment but I don't forsee any issues. They are both pretty good dogs.

McCoy 02-19-2014 02:52 PM

The main thing is supervision. You'll have to build up a level of trust before you can allow baby and dog to "be" in the same area unsupervised.

Try not to drastically alter the amount of attention time the dogs get.
Involve the dogs in baby time.

NormanF 02-19-2014 07:37 PM

Infants and children ALWAYS need to be supervised around any pets. Even domesticated animals have their tolerance limits and if they're pushed too far, they can lash out! So both children and pets have to be taught to respect each other and when the pet wants alone time, teach your children to respect its space. There is no reason why they can't get along but supervised encounters are always a must - NO exceptions!

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