Hi - I'm new here and I really need your help. My husband and I been married for 6 years. We have 3 dogs, and to me they're my life. My husband sister decided to move down to Florida, by the way that's where I live. My husbands sister has 3 kids, 10 year old, 5 year old and a 1 year old. My problem is my dogs are not used to being around kids. I have an american bulldog and 2 lhasa apsos. My husband right now is putting his nieces and newphew first before our dogs. Maybe I sound like a cold hearted wench, but I'm not. I just feel our dogs are part of this family and they deserve the same respect. I can't help the way I feel about this dogs,they're like my kids. And if I had to choose between my husband and my dogs. I pick my 3 dogs. My husband can survive without me but my 3 dogs can't. Am I wrong for feeling like this????????????? please help!!!
***Edited By: pyrmom on 7/22/2007 3:09:39 PM*** Reason: *
Soo, what do you need help with? And what is your husband doing? I will say I would put my dogs first too, but I don't know exactly what your situation is. I will, however, not deal with a person thats not an animal lover, or someone who does something or suggests something I don't agree with. I will say, could you share pictures? I absolutely adore lhasa apso's! If your husband is suggesting getting rid of the dogs, then forget that. Have you tried socializing the dogs? I know its harder when their older, but maybe they'll absolutely love kids.
How often do you expect the kids to be at your house? If it's not all the time this should not be a large concern for you. If you want to safely introduce the dogs to the childern you could get a x-pen for the lasas and a wire crate for the american bulldog and have them in the same room as the childern so that no one gets hurt (both the kids and the dogs) It would be best if you consult a trainer in your area a good one can help you with controling your dogs and there reactions to new situations. It is important that you speak to the children about proper behavior around your dogs like no screaming or running and not to poke, slap or pull on any dogs :) After you are comfortable with everyone in the cages then you can introduce them to the children one at a time, but always supervise. Don't leave them alone even for a second. These are not your kids even though they are family and your dogs were not raised around children so it would definately take me quite some time before I would trust either children or dog to be alone together :)
If you could explain the problems you're having we could help with some suggestions. You've said that your husband is putting your nieces and nephews before your dogs, how so? If you could be a bit more specific we could help.