Re: GSD's and Babies
I think it depends a lot on the dog and the way you handle it.
If the dog already has aggression issues then I'd be concerned about the dog in ANY case, not just in a baby case.
If it's a good, solid dog....then I wouldn't worry.
You would need to be mindful that dogs can get jealous of your time and attention. If you start ignoring the dog, spending less time with him/her...getting moody and snappy with him...he might become resentful and bored. Might start chewing or digging or some other kind of behavior that you will find annoying...which will only feed into the problem.
If I were pregnant and I was concerned, I would do this: I would start training the dog about baby stuff now.
If I wasn't going to want the dog in the nursery...I'd set the whole nursery up now and not let the dog in....way before the baby came.
I would put an infant car seat on the floor either empty or with a doll in it and would NOT allow the dog to sniff it or get too close (if I wasn't planning to allow the dog to sniff or approach the seat WITH the baby in it once it was here) Could do the same with baby swing, high chair, etc.....
If I plannned on putting the baby on a blanket on the floor and didn't want the dog on the blanket, again, I'd start putting the blanket on the floor now and teach the dog to stay off of it.
I would also start spending more and more time in the rocking chair either alone or with a doll and teach the dog to lie quietly nearby or out of the nursery or however I planned to do it after baby's arrival.
Having Daddy spend more time with the dog, feeding and playing, etc...is a good idea, too. This way, the dog is getting attention that he needs and he won't feel so rejected that NO ONE is playing with him anymore. You can also designate a certain time of the day to the dog...and keep that appointment with him even after the baby arrives.
If you teach the dog boundaries NOW...before the baby arrives, he will be less likely to make the connection that his life was grand before IT came.
The dog will be less confused that why did Mommy used to play with me all day but now she just sits there holding that thing and ignoring me?? He will have practiced sitting quietly by the rocker and he will be more used to the baby stuff and will probably resent the baby much less.
If you have friends with babies, it might not be a bad idea to have them come over and let the dog get used to the sounds and smells of little ones. He can practice his new expected behaviors of not going over and mauling the baby with his tongue or pawing at it with his huge feet, etc...
In other words, the more you can set up his life NOW for how it will be when the baby comes, the easier it will be on everyone.
My kids were raised on Rottweilers and we never had a problem.
I second the motion to enjoy the baby-making!!
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