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Babies & Vizslas

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I have two sweet, adorable vizslas. Both have been well socialized and handled around other children of various ages. However, I do not have children of my own and my husband and I are in the next phase of our lives in wanting to start a family. Does anyone have any suggestions on ways I can start working with my vizslas now so when the time does come that I bring baby home the transition might go smoothly? Both dogs are used to getting alot of attention from us since we don't have children to occupy our time. I'm worried with the time that the new baby will need that the dogs might start acting up? I want a safe loving environment for both dogs and baby. We consider our dogs part of the family. Any books or articles you might know of and could recommend would be great!
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Here's some stuff I learned from 2 young kids and a V.
-Keep the dirty diapers secured REALLY well.
-Bring a blanket home from the hospital and let your dog get used to new baby smell
-V's learn quickly that toddlers in high chairs throw food
-Toddlers and V's shouldnt be left alone, kids love to pull ears and poke eyes
- No baby monitors required. The dog is always on duty.
- If you get out of bed to feed the baby, you may as well sleep on the couch because the dog will take your spot
-After a toddler has eaten, it is not acceptable (according to my wife) to let the dog clean his face. Use a baby wipe.

Honestly our infant and dog didn't cross paths too much. For the first little while the are usually asleep or out of the dogs way ie crib, jolly jumper, play pen.
It's when kids get a bit more mobile and crawling around that they will have trouble, the ear pulling and eye poking and generally not being gentle with the dog is the worst headache. And I'm very serious about the dirty diaper thing though.
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