|12-03-2013 01:37 AM|
ahh, i'm sorry what i'm saying is the truth.
|12-03-2013 12:11 AM|
|12-02-2013 11:48 PM|
Oh man, I try and not be a dramatic person, but reading your OP made my heart beat a little fast....we had to rehome a dog that acted the same way your dog does....she is a corgi. She was very concerned with our son when he was born, would watch him like a hawk, always seemed concerned, as soon as he started moving she would grab at him. Long story short, she tried to bite my friend's 2 year old when my friend yelled at the two year old to not grab a candle...the dog came running to correct the child and luckily only got her pant leg. She was a very fearful, horribly nervy, genetic mess...but I did NOT take any of the behaviors you described as "protective." I was actually very off put and concerned that my dog was SO concerned with the baby...I wanted her to be neutral...and when the age was appropriate, interact.
Have you ever seen the videos of cheetahs, lions, etc "playing with" and "loving on" the baby antelope before they eat it?? This is a perfect example of someone anthropomorphizing their animal (attaching human emotions and feelings to the animal's behaviors). The first thing I thought of when you described the dog getting on the bed was prey item, not protective. May sound dramatic, but it's a two WEEK old baby. I won't even let my cat around infants. The other things you said that lead me to believe this isn't protective behavior is the complete lack of respect the dog has for the other humans in the house...I would NEVER tolerate an animal ignoring and blowing off my spouse or child. My animal will NEVER think it is above any human in the house. This leads me to assume your dog also views the baby as beneath him. This may sound extreme, but when an animal views himself as equal to anything else, he feels that he can also correct that other "animal"...I used to intern at the zoo and worked with the African animals...lions, wild dogs, caracoles, etc...and you could see this...there was the male leader, and the others were "equal" and never hesitated to "correct" each other but would rarely, if ever, correct the leader....don't mean to compare a dog to a lion...but they are animals all the same, and I would rather go extreme with caution than have an attack...like Selzer said, there's some things you can't take back.
So, to answer your question, yes it's bad, yes you should be concerned, and stop thinking this behavior is the dog "loving" the baby. The dog doesn't know what this new creature is, he is trying to figure it out....he will probably grow up to be great buds with the baby, but YOU need to make that happen by setting boundaries...and you can start by getting him to respect ANY human in your home....it's ridiculous he looks to you and ignores commands from others...it shows he thinks they are beneath him or at the very least, equals...and for the love of God, please don't let your INFANT ever be in a situation where he is this close to the dog....just scary....ugh, makes my stomach hurt...
And this is coming from someone who totally let my one year old play ball with our shepherd puppy...supervised....(there's a video in my history) but my dog's are always to respect my child's space, just like my child is to respect their space. If you look in my avatar you can see my corgi snuggled up with my son. But my son was 1.5 and knew the basic rules about being gentle with the dog, etc...they also grew up together, and the dog respects my son as something higher in the pecking order than him...example, the corgi would NEVER take anything from my son (food, toys, etc), because he knows the boundaries...they are not litter mates, my son is higher....if I saw/see ANY behaviors indicating otherwise, everything would stop and we would go back to square one and start over.
Ugh, sorry this is so long, and seems to judgemental and extreme....It's just it's a baby...a very very tiny baby...and I really want you to stop being "annoyed" at your dog "loving the baby" and consider the other likely possibility that he is making sure the "new thing" knows he's higher than it.
|12-02-2013 11:22 PM|
A dog can very well view a baby as prey.
|12-02-2013 11:16 PM|
I would actually disagree with all of the answers given. If you have had this dog for a long time and have seen it interact with other babies, I don't see a problem with letting the dog be near or even touch the baby. However, I would suggest better supervision in the future. Not only because of the potential dog risk, but because there will come a time when your baby can do something new, like roll over. If you aren't there they may roll over for the first time off the bed.
All that being said, I would let my GSD be around my newborn (assuming she wasn't jealous of it).
|12-02-2013 10:18 PM|
While it may make a cute picture, I know Id never let any animal near my newborn baby. I've had three boys and always had animals but never alone. I get that it was a mistake (bed thing) but he could've caused baby to roll off and fall (something equally or more terrible could've happened). We had to find a new home for one of our cats because she literally attacked my two week old while I was breastfeeding him. While I understand the feeling of wanting them to bond, you need to remember that he's a dog. He doesn't think of your baby as a puppy. He sees him as a human and because of how tiny your baby is now, that could be a problem. Your dog could smother your baby while thinking he was just getting a cuddle. Honestly, Id crate him and any other dogs in the house while baby is not in your arms, highchair, swing, or his room with the door shut. Make sure your dog gets enough attention but he sounds almost obsessive about you. Maybe someone more experienced could offer better advice. Please be very careful. Congratulations on your new baby!
|12-02-2013 09:43 PM|
Next time I'm going to post, I'll send it to you to proofread. You want them in pm or email?
|12-02-2013 09:32 PM|
1 >>>>> you never know what the dog or the child is going to do.
2 >>>>> you don't know how the dog and child will interact
in the future.
|12-02-2013 09:29 PM|
What Selzer said...
I create a bubble around the baby that the dog is not allowed to enter, never allow excitement around the baby, and never ever leave the dog and baby unsupervised for a second. Any time the dog is around the baby it's on a leash and 100% supervised.
It's not worth the risk, even with a dog I know is great with kids. You never know what the baby might do.
In a few years, they can be best buddies and do everything together!
|12-02-2013 08:51 PM|
Your baby could be dead right now.
I know that is very harsh. An owner left a week-old baby on the bed and went to the kitchen and the pomeranian killed the baby. Killed it dead.
I know all the stories, and all the books, and all the movies like to show you these smart, loyal, faithful dogs that will lay down their lives for a small child or baby. But, there are also lots of stories where a new baby has been killed by dogs. Even GSDs. One baby was crying and the female GSD took the baby to its momma, and unfortunately the baby did not survive. BTW GSD bitches are wonderful mothers who take care of their babies the moment they squeak. But they are dogs.
The dog had NO business on the bed if he is not supposed to be on the bed.
I would crate the dog when I had to do something like take a shower or leave the room where the baby is. And I would have a talk with that teenager as well.
Some things you can't take back.
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