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Dexter is seven months old now. He is very interested in watching the dogs, and reaches for them whenever they get near. Up until now, the dogs have either ignored him or would maybe sneak in a lick here and there. With him being so into them now and so close to crawling, aside from 100% supervision what do you guys recommend to keep everything between him and the dogs positive and safe? Ashley seems a little spooked when he reaches for her, so I have been trying to keep his hands away from her, but any suggestions on making that less freaky for her too? I don't put him in her face obviously, but she'll approach his face and head, and he'll try to get her ears then.
BTW- Dexter is a human, Ashley is a dog Boomer's a dog too, but I didn't mention him specifically.
I am in the same boat as you. Haidon is a few weeks older than Dexter, but she has been crawling for a while now. One dog loves her and will allow Haidon to do anything to her, while the other dog not so much. He is old and has arthritis, plus he has never really liked kids anyway and he has never been around babies.
I have found it to be easier to keep the dog away from the baby, rather than the baby away from the dog. If Haidon is headed toward him I just warn him or tell him to go and he usually gets up and goes somewhere else. He seems to be getting used to her and allows her to come closer, but she can't touch him yet. I hope that was somewhat helpful!
Slow introductions. Slow movements and watchful eyes. They should get used to it, however I would make sure the baby isn't bugging them when they are eating or having a snack. Give it time they will learn each others boundaries.