I am looking for recommendations on books that might help with child- proofing a dog. Namely mine (both parts)
Sarah has mentioned that others have recommended (highly) Kilcommon's "Child-proofing Your Dog". Does anybody else have any suggestions??

Marie, what did you do with Macula when the twins were on the way?

Marcel
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I am looking for recommendations on books that might help with child- proofing a dog. Namely mine (both parts) Sarah ... anybody else have any suggestions?? Marie, what did you do with Macula when the twins were on the way? Marcel

I'd guess that some of it is fairly 'dog' and 'individual' specific. Weims can be great with kids and Cin has a heart of gold but although I've ensured she's well used to them running an screaming in her socialisation, cos *I* have little contact with them, she's not really been taught appropriate manners... and as much as I might say I ought to, making myself hang out around places that young kids hang out just hasn't happened. I carry a selection of leads and keep a very, very close eye.

Obviously as children are going to be a big part of your new life, I think you'll reap back the rewards of your hard work, but always remember that it is as much your duty to protect your dog from your child as it is your child from your dog.
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I am looking for recommendations on books that might help with child- proofing a dog. Namely mine (both parts) Sarah ... Does anybody else have any suggestions?? Marie, what did you do with Macula when the twins were on the way?

she locked her in a cage. And now she's reaping the rewards of the "manage instead of train" ideology.
Asking Marie for dog training advice?
Might as well ask Joey Buttafucco for marriage
counseling.
I hope that heelps.
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Marie, what did you do with Macula when the twins were on the way?

Not Marie, and no twins on the way (Thank doG), but Khan did get a crash course in babies, and the nephew, as he is growing up, is getting plenty of instruction on dogs.The best thing I did was to have all sorts of kids of all ages interact with him (neighbor's kids helped, but we took him to parks and tot lots). Wee babies are not a problem since they aren't mobile and can't do much, but the crawling/walking variety need to be introduced. Be RIGHT THERE when all this is going on, and use your best treats to make the baby/child = VERY Good Thing association. We had one incident where a toddler toddled on over, lost balance and grabbed Khan's face to right itself (his eyes got very big, and he wanted me to get that thing off him), but I guess that won't happen with Moogli.

If you haven't done it already, play lots of mouthing games, to teach him to have a soft mouth. Also teach him about getting permission before taking stuff out of hands, for when the kid is old enough to wave yummy stuff about, but not old enough to figure that the dog would go for it.

Most importantly, teach the baby how to interact appropriately with the dog, and start early. I don't think people give them nearly enough credit. They are capable of absorbing quite a lot of information. BTW, kids tend to imitate the adults, so make sure that you only act in a way that you wouldn't mind your child imitating. At least until he's old enough to tell the difference between why it is okay for you to rough house with the dog, but not him.
Is there anything you want to share with us?
Suja
Is there anything you want to share with us?

Haven't you read any of the threads recently??
Specifically the thread I started with the rather cryptic title (OT) - Lines.
Marcel
The best things I did while I was pregnant were:
1. Lots of treat-training near a playground. It got Guinness used toobedience while there was lots of running and screaming around, and sometimes attratcted dog-loving kids over. I would then have said dog-loving kids give Guinness a treat for a trick (usually "bang, you're dead").
2. Lots of training, period. Guinness got his CGC when I was pregnant -I was soo proud!
3. Lots of controlled exposure to kids of different ages - babies up toteens.
The best things I have done while a parent are:
1. Continuing training. It's a never-ending process.
2. Train and supervise my kid. It's my job to protect the dog, not hisjob to protect himself. Therefore, my son learned early on that climbing on the dog was unacceptable, and that respect was a good thing. The end result? I have a dog who has never, nor will ever, harm my son, and a son who loves and respects his doggie. In fact, "da-da", his first word with meaning, meant "dog".
Specifically the thread I started with the rather cryptic title (OT) - Lines.

Congratulations! I hope you and Gen will have a beautiful, healthy baby who is just like you (poor, poor Gen).
Funny thing is that I actually glanced through your post on Saturday, but never opened the link 'cause I was expecting company, and in the middle of cooking and cleaning. Did wonder what the hell had gotten into you, that you were all waxing poetic about lines.

Suja
Specifically the thread I started with the rather cryptic title (OT) - Lines.

Congratulations! I hope you and Gen will have a beautiful, healthy baby who is just like you (poor, poor Gen).

It's too late. My parents have already cursed me, so it is bound to happen.

Marcel
The best things I did while I was pregnant were: 1. Lots of treat-training near a playground. It got Guinness ... kids over. I would then have said dog-loving kids give Guinness a treat for a trick (usually "bang, you're dead").

heh. Good idea. I will mention it to Gen.
2. Lots of training, period. Guinness got his CGC when I was pregnant - I was soo proud!

I will talk to Gen about this. Because she may not be immunized against the 5th disease, he school board may require her to be off from the moment they find out she is pregnant (august/september sometime) till she is finished her maternity leave. Something she could do is take some obeience classes with Moogli.
3. Lots of controlled exposure to kids of different ages - babies up to teens.

Must attempt to do that.
The best things I have done while a parent are:


Thanks for your advice.
I realize I am probably being a worry wart, but it is my perogative as a father-to-be, and I intend to use it!!
Marcel
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