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I know you ladies know me better then the other board so I wanted to ask here as well... I am a strong believer in a dog is part of the family...but since we have only had him a few weeks and we got him so that DD and I wouldn't be alone when DH deploys right before Christmas. We had been trying so long that I didn't see us getting pg until after he came home. I don't know what to do now...he does have some toy aggresion over his toys and if I don't leave his toys out for him he wants to chew up her toys. :/ He hasn't tried biting her but he does growl sometimes when she trys to take one of his toys away, which makes me very nervous. She jumps on him and pokes him in the eyes and hits him with toys and she just isn't really nice to him. We are working on it and she has gotten alot better in just this short of time. my main issues are with us being pg and him leaving...this dog has to have a daily walk (walks well on a leash, even if I hook it to the stroller) or he is really hyper and runs around the house...if you put him out side he whines...he HATES being out there. goes pee and then sits at the door whinning until we let him in. He hates sitting on the cold floor but I won't let him on our couchs so he does ok about laying in his bed but now he keeps getting on DD's bed and we just now found him on my bed... SOOOO not happy about that. I just don't know how i'm suppose to walk the dog daily and be huge pg then with a newborn walking him without help. I know he is mostly a good dog but these few issues he has made me really want to find him a new home since DH is leaving AND i'm pg. (also in the back of my mind I remember that the last time we got pg we lost it...what if it happens again and I had already gave the dog away) I know after the sleepless nights are getting better and the baby isn't eatting as often it won't be so bad. OH what to do what to do...
and if we give him away we want to do it now so that DD isn't as attached...hence why I can't decide.
It's always a tough decision when it comes to the family pet, however since you haven't had him long it might be a bit easier. If he's not a good fit, unfortunately he's not a good fit, and that's all it comes down to.
With Nikita it took a long time to get her to realize that Nevaeh was not a toy and she had to be gentle with her, and even know she forgets and will knock her over. It's a CONSTANT training session, it never really ends. If the dog wasn't good with it in the beginning, it never really stops, it will improve, but it won't ever stop.
If you honestly feel, that with being pregnant and already having a 2 year old, that the dog is too much then give him to a new home. It's the best you can do, it's not fair to you You have to think about taking care of yourself and this new beautiful baby you have coming.
The whining at the back door just sounds like a bit of seperation anxiety and you would have to continue to leave him out there, even with the whining, for him to get used to it. Just go out every now and then and let him know you haven't abonndend him but, that's what it sounds like to me anyways.
I hope you are able to come to a decision that you can live with and are happy with Amy. I know decisions like this aren't easy as we've considered it with Nikita
aww thank you...I know what you mean...Some things I've told DH i could deal with but there are some that I can't...and I think he would be happier with someone with older kids. I really just don't think he likes Chloe all to much and i don't blame him. I think DH and I have decided that he really isn't a good fit with the growling at her issue. our baby comes before him. So we are going to try and find him a good home.