If you stumbled upon this article that means you have a baby on the way and someone in the house wants a dog. So your asking yourself will the baby be safe with a dog around and the answer is yes and no. Yes, because a lot of dogs (not all) have a natural instinct to protect and nurture what it is that it feels it has to protect. No, because some dogs can become jealous and may feel the need to be the only one bouncing or eating out of your lap and may try to cause physical harm to your baby. But the point is that you are considering it and it can be done with the right combination of environment, dog and space for both your baby and your dog. Besides, believe it or not, having a pet around your child builds confidence, immune system and friendliness with your baby as she or he grows. So the option of having a pet is a great one with many benefits but there are some things that you have to prepare for before you have your little one.
The big thing is to get your dog before you are anywhere close to your due date. If you are already close to your due date that’s fine as well, the point here is to give yourself an ample amount of time to train your dog but the first thing you want to do is get your dog ready for cry’s and screams. I like to call it the “calm down” test because when a dog here’s a baby cry it sounds like the sirens have been turned on for him to freak out. So to keep this under control simply go to youtube.com and search for baby crying and play it at least four times a day so that he can get used to it. If you do this while he is a pup it is a whole lot easier to get it use to the cries. Pretty soon it will become second nature to him and he won’t even worry if the actual baby starts to cry.
Make sure that you research your dogs based on species, size, how much it eats, exercise needs, how much training is required, any expected illnesses and most important of all is it a good family dog. If you get a dog that is more of a liability than helpful, from experience, letting go of you best friend can be hard, so make the right choice. Dogs such as Labrador Retrievers are kind gentle beasts but it can become pretty large and requires a lot of physical exercise based on it being a very active dog.So if you live in a house with a lot of yard space, this may be your dog and any other variation of the sort. Although dogs such as Chihuahuas are offhand when it comes to small children. I am not saying they’re bad dogs, they’re just not right for this particular situation.Chihuahuas are very territorial and feel that whatever number of people started here in the household should stay that number. So if you live in an apartment and want a small dog, I do not recommend it be around your baby. An apartment to a small dog for some reason feels that it is his entire doghouse. Many small dogs have “little dog syndrome” and thinks it can control everything but not all do, some will adapt to the situation and except it.
Although, with my closing I suggest an American Cocker Spaniel to anyone because no matter if you live in a large house or apartment, it is the perfect size, perfect attitude and very easy to work with. The Cocker Spaniel can suffer from arthritis in the joints as it ages but the odds of it happening are 3 to 10. Plus from personal experience it is great with babies and will protect and serve like a soldier. It requires a daily walk for exercise and a brushing at least twice a week for that beautiful fur to stay beautiful. Also the great part about it is that it doesn’t shed much. It can be hyper from time to time but that just takes some getting used to. So make sure you pick a best friend that will truly be your best friend and be a part of the family and the dog and your baby can truly grow together.