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May 26th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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So we are in the trying to conceive phase right now and I started thinking about our giant german shepard/alaskan malamute that is the biggest clumsy oaf ever but we love him to death. Anyone have either a good or bad story of introducing pets to babies? What about once baby gets mobile with a dog that almost knocks me over sometimes?
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May 26th, 2011, 11:28 PM
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Most dogs do fine with kids. My Boxer was a tad over 80 pounds when we had our son and we never had any issues. In fact, he helped our son learn how to walk by being a movable thing he could hold on to. Most animals "sense" the difference between kids and adults and do just fine...of course you should always supervise 100% of the time and never leave them alone together, but by in large they typically do just fine with each other, especially since kids grow over time. Not like you're going to put baby to bed one night and they're going to wake up running, things happen slowly and give everyone, animals included, time to adjust.

I have a Shepherd now as well as a Boxer and both do fine with my son who is now 9 (but very small for his age). We've had dogs since he was born and never had an issue ever in the past 9 1/2 years.
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June 1st, 2011, 11:44 AM
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I had 4 Rottweilers and a small house when I brought my 5lb preemie baby home.

Train your dog, teach your child and you'll be fine. Never leave child with dog unattended. Make sure you are the pack leader & that your dog knows that your child is above him/her in the pack.

My 2 miracles: Lucinda & Noah
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