I moved in with my fiance a few months ago and we have been talking about getting a puppy. We're getting married next year, and we plan on having kids a few years after that, so I want to make sure that whatever dog we get is good around babies. I've been doing some research and it sounds like the best thing to do is make sure the dog is well-socialized, but I wondered if anyone had been in this situation or just had some suggestions of good breeds for me. Also, I'm going to housetrain the puppy, what do you think is a long enough amount of time to take off work to train it properly? THANKS!! :)
what kind of dog are you looking for ? big, small, long hair , short hair. imo large breeds are better with kids then some of the smaller breeds. and it could take in upwards of a month or more to completely housetrain your pup depending on the breed, but if you took off for a week ot 2 that would give you a good head start.
All depends on the dog. Some breeds housetrain quicker. Do you want big or small. Tiny ones can be litter trained. As far as a baby, it will be a new experience and will take a period of adjustment for any dog. When the time comes, find a training book or advise on how to acclimate the dog.
I think dachshunds are adorable, but my brother had two and they were a housetraining nightmare. (as in he could never housetrain them) Yorkie, shih tzus, are good, can be litter trained, even. Might have some sibling rivalry with a baby though, cuz they think of themselves as the baby! I think a medium sized terrier is good. Spunky, little more independent than the lap dogs, and not so small that you have to worry around a toddler doing damage.
I agree Cricketmom, yorkies are just so cute but they're just too fragile. I want to make sure the dog I get will be ok with a baby, I don't want to have to get rid of it because I can't trust them together (the dog hurting baby, or vice versa). I will build a separate room for a dog before I would give one away, I'd never do that. Any other suggestions?
Schnauzerluv, PitBulls are great with kids of all ages if you dont mind a large dog. My kids where raised with them and they are great. Basset Hounds are good wuth kids to but can be hard to house train at times. Just some suggestions.
My cousin is a vet tech and says if people want a good family dog that isn't so small that a child can hurt it, but not so big that it can knock the kid over, to get a Boston Terrier. They are really friendly dogs and love kids. Smart too.
If you get a small dog, make sure you get a sturdy small dog, pugs and boston terriers are good examples of dogs taht are small but yet not fragile the way a yorkie might be. Crate training is awesome with having pets and children. The dog knows ahead of time that there's a place for it to 'get away from it all', the crate from day one needs to be a den where the puppy won't be disturbed. Bowen was almost 2 years old when we had our daughter, and in all serious it wasn't *that* much of an adjustment because we didn't baby him. If you get a dog and you baby it totally, let it up on the furniture, the bed, let it 'rule the roost' so to speak without establishing obedience training and ground rules right away, then you will have a hell of a time getting it to adjust. Because when the baby comes, your dog goes from being the star of your life to being a dog, and his priveledges get revoked for the sake of the baby. It's when this happens that the dogs get resentful and jealous. But if the rules for the dogs life are the same before the baby comes, as they are after the baby comes, there's far far less adjustment. So things like sleeping in the bed with you, or jumping up and down off the couch at will, begging for food, jumping, etc.. all of these can contribute to an unhealthy environment and social conditions to bring a baby into. If you use the "Nothing in life is free' training methods, I doubt you have any adjustments at all whent he baby comes. Its hard not to over baby puppies, cause they're so darned cute. But it's necessary to resist those sad puppy dog eyes when they are trying to manipulate into doing what they want for the future of the whole family.