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Posted in Babysitting on 27th April 2011

Opportunity to adopt great dog, should I?
I have had 3 dogs for years. In Jan I had to put my eldest, a 13 year old female lab to sleep. I had a new baby later that month. I now have a 7 year old male jack russell/rat terrier mix and a small, 10 year old female black lab mix. A wonderfully behaved, well trained very large male yellow lab appeared in a neighborhood in town. The finder put an ad in the paper, sent out mass emails and no one claimed him. I took him to the vet, other than worms, he seems healthy and is about 1.5 years old. Already house trained, knows “sit” can even walk without a leash from the car to his temporary home. My concerns are this 1) I have a10 week old baby and 2) my little jack russel rat terrier mix. I think that because this dog is a lab, he will likely be fine around my baby. I worry more about introducing him to my male little dog.
The other two dogs have been together for years.

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Answer by Tita
Bringing a new dog into your home where other dogs reside and already live in harmony can sometimes be tricky. It all depends on the dog’s behavior (new one and the ones you already have). Sometimes there is no issue and they respect each other and get along from the beginning, other times they don’t get along due to territory issues. Here are some good web sites that might help you make that decision. Hope they help!

Answer by ms manners
Sounds to me like a great dog, and one that is likely to be okay with your other dogs and with the baby.

But if you feel like you have too many responsibilities with the baby, why not find him another home?

He sounds like he would be an easy dog to place.

Answer by greygarious
Usually, neutered males get along at least as well as neutered male/female pairs and way better than spayed female/female pairs. Odds are he will fit in well. If you are worried, get a basket muzzle for the newcomer. He’ll ba able to drink while wearing it.

Answer by Chix
I have a 10 year old GSD, a 6.5 year old GSD and a 3 year old Doberman.

My experience is a young dog can inspire an old dog – and give the old ones a new lease on life. Meaning, old dogs tend to slow down and get comfortable in a sedentary state which can exaserbate their decline.

A well behaved young dog can be a breath of fresh air. However, there are some caveats:

– the young dog should be prevented from tormenting the older dogs. This means supervision on your part to ensure if the play gets too rough, and the older dogs show signs of fatigue (growling, avoidance, tail down etc) then step in and leash the young dog.

– the young dog should sleep in a crate initially if all dogs are sleeping in the same room. I continue to crate my Doberman at night because her outbursts are not predicable.

The baby – that is a whole other topic. I’m assuming its your first child. Attached is a link on child bites – the risk is not when the baby is in the crib, its more a concern when the baby begins to walk at the toddler stage.

If you supervise the toddler with the dogs – fine.

As far as the dog bothering the baby – well, I would never advocate leaving a baby in a crib in a room with any dog – EVER. So, buy some baby gates, and keep the k-9s in the kitchen or somewhere other than where your baby is during the day. If you cannot always do that, have crates set up to crate the dogs for short periods of time.

Its a matter of being disciplined – and not every person is the same. So, you need to decide if you are that nature – or if this is more stress than you can manage, forget taking on another dog.

Good luck

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