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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Vizsla ready for a baby in the house

Well, it's happened a little sooner than we expected, but my husband and I are expecting our first baby in October! We are excited, and it is still very early, but we are already thinking about what this will mean for our Vizsla puppy, Gus. He is 9 months old now, so by that time he will be ~16 months old and probably a handful

Gus is terrified of children in general, but the behaviorist we saw thinks he will acclimate to a child in our house and be fine (gosh I hope he is right!). Anyway, we have 7 months to prepare Gus for having a newborn infant in the house. Right now he craves ALL of our attention and he thinks he is "the baby" so I know it will be a shock for him. Has anybody else prepared a V for a new baby? Any advice?

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Congratulations jjohnson! Your post is very timely, as we recently found out that we are expecting in September as well and were going to post something similar. Our V-mix Elroy just turned a year old last week, and a handful is an extreme understatement! Whereas your Gus is terrified of children, Elroy is just overly hyper around them, pulling on the leash and lunging. He whines like crazy if we have a toddler in the house, guess he thinks they are there to be his playmate. With his size and strength we are extremely concerned and have recently talked to a few different trainers to start a plan now so we're hopefully prepared. I'm looking forward to others responses on the matter as well...

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congratulations to both couples ;D ;D ;D, I'm sure V's and Jr's will gel harmoniously. I've two very boisterous boys aged 5 and 6, yet we all manage to get along just fine as I'm sure you all will. ;D

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Do either of you live near pittsburgh pa? My cousin is due next month and has two pit bulls so she recommended the classes "baby ready pets" by thinkingoutsidethecage.org

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Congratulations!

Savannah was not 'easy' at 16 months, but she was much, much better than she was at 9 months.
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Thanks everybody, and thanks jld640, I feel a little better I am mostly worried about Gus not being able to handle not getting as much attention. Right now I can't even hug my husband or pet my cats without him getting crazy with jealousy!
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Congratulations jjohnson!!! (it's Kate of "DougAndKate") I am right there with you on the jealousy part, we've been training and actually getting better at the "Hi honey, I'm home" and going to give you a hug/kiss and "NO" Elroy you're not going to jump on either of us. It's def taking some time.

SteelCityDozer - we live outside of Philly, but thanks for the recommendation. We're visiting a trainer/boarding facility this weekend so fingers crossed! We've already invested so much time and energy into helping him through his issues - he was a rescue and denied so much the first (critical) 4 months of his life. So we're hoping that this exciting time for us, also turns out to be an easy transition for him.

Thanks everyone, keep posting! I'm interested in hearing how you handle the energy/exercise aspect while handling the kids as well. I'm eager for the challenge, but not naive in thinking it's going to be easy.

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Wow...........something in the water over there guys and girls???? You naughty little people!! Congratulations to you both.

As for preparing................ I would prepare the kids with peanut butter. I find my dogs, while they love kids, couldn't eat a whole one without peanut butter.

I think you may be surprised about how your V reacts to a baby. I have friends with a 4 year old V now and they had a baby when Jasper the V was about 12 months old. Jasper took on a role of protector and alert dog. If the baby was stirring, Jasper would be at the door of the bedroom, tail wagging, letting mum or dad know that bubs was just about to wake up. Jasper would also position himself in between guests and the baby. He was very protective.

The important thing is that you try to minimise any interruptions to your V's routine when baby comes home. Otherwise, he/she may link the two.

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Congrats to you both! I too just found out I am having a baby in October. My V, Casey, is 8 months old now. I am a bit worried how I will get enough exercise in for her with the baby. I work from home so am the dominant care giver in the household. I've read that you need to have the other partner take more control so the pup understands that both people will love her equally, even with the baby. You also need to set up a baby room early so the dog can get used to the scents before the baby arrives. I am currently trying to work on restricting Casey from jumping on my lap on the furniture when not invited and I am really glad I still have months for that. I don't think it will be easy but since V's are such loving dogs as long as you continue to make her feel that she is part of the pack there should be no issues. Good luck with it all!
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Congratulations to all!

I've been giving this one some thought. I wouldn't worry too much about how the dog is going to "feel" about the baby. I would focus on strengthening basic training and -- VERY KEY -- logistics.

I have never juggled dog & baby...but I have juggled babies and toddlers, and I have juggled a puppy and three young kids. So that gives you some sense of my perspective.

Here are some ideas on logistics:

(1) Get your V used to sometimes pottying outside on his own. Now would be a great time to install a fence! There are going to be times when the dog needs to pee and your hands are very full. You will be sooooo glad to open the door and let him out into a safe environment.

(2) Get a comfy glider where you can sit, rock, & feed the baby. Train your dog to lie on a dog bed or mat within your reach while you sit in the glider and read a book or whatever. The dog should LOVE having you sit in the glider not paying too much attention to him (because you are very occasionally handing him great treats!).

(3) Let your V spend time in his crate while you are home. Don't be a wimp about this. It is good for both of you. Keep frozen kongs or chewies on hand and work on a rock solid "kennel up" command. You will sometimes need to get the dog out of the way in a safe place -- immediately and without fuss. Get everyone used to it now.

(4) Have some chats with your spouse about where everyone is going to sleep. Does the dog sleep in your bed? Is he in your bed because you *want* him there or because you couldn't bear to have him cry in his crate? FYI, many babies do NOT happily drift off to sleep alone in a crib. Work it out now before you are too tired to think straight....

(5) Partition the house with baby gates now, so that you can easily either separate dog from baby OR keep dog with you when you are stuck somewhere caring for the baby. You don't want him in the upstairs garbage while you are bathing baby in the downstairs sink or swiping things off the counter while you are putting baby down for a nap. My guess is that a V will be as smart as a toddler in terms of sensing (and seizing!) opportunities to misbehave. :

I'm sure that there are plenty of others...but that's a start. Maybe others have even better ideas to add.

Good luck!!!!!!

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