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How safe is it to keep a GSD at home when you have a newly born baby?

How safe is it to keep a GSD at home when you have a newly born baby
By ruchi · 17 Jan 2011 3:08 pm

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By Hemanshu · 17 Jan 2011 4:01 pm
Ruchi - Its always recommended to have dogs/ pups under someone who is experienced around kids. Though I do not see any harm of keeping any dogs with kids at any age.
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By Dinkar Singh · 18 Jan 2011 10:33 am
Is the GSD an adult already with you or do you plan to get a pup.

I have had a kid in the house from newborn to now 2 yrs plus and not one but 3 dogs and now 5 in my house. Once your child is older introduce the dog to your child slowly. let the dog first smell the clothes etc only and then later after a few weeks may be see the child from far.

Never leave any child regardless of age with your dog alone, again regardless of breed and age. Also dont get so busy with the newborn child that you forget the dog. Still pamper him etc or ask your husband to so that the dog does not feel any threat or being left out due to your dog.

If your dog is used to sleeping in your room then slowly get him our of it and get him used to sleeping in another room before the child comes. Also brush your dog regularly so that you dont have hair flying around in the house or atleast in the baby's room.

If you plan to get a dog then I would suggest you wait till your child is atleast 2 plus as pups are full of energy and like running around etc and unknowingly can push your child etc.

Hope I have been of help. All The Best.
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By ruchi · 18 Jan 2011 12:45 pm
Mr Dinkar Thks for your valuable advise.
It's a GSD female 6 months old and the child is expected.....................
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By Amitava Mukherjee · 18 Jan 2011 11:06 pm
Dear Ruchi,

Same thing happened with me. My dog was 1 yr 5 months old when my son was born.

Please follow Mr. Singh's advice. I agree with him. Its perfect.
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By ruchi · 21 Jan 2011 10:00 am
Thanks all for your valuable advise. I will follow the same
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By Indrajit Sanyal · 31 Jan 2011 12:38 pm
My dob bitch was 3 yrs old when my daughter was born, and from then my dog always gave company to my daughter, never i felt any problem. We are working couples and my intelligent Dobie (Dingo her name was) always kept an watchfull eye upon her. To my knowledge GSD is a sheep dog and they are likely to be more caring than a dobermann.
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By Mark D\'Costa · 10 Feb 2011 6:15 pm
As a general rule, always supervise your dog when it is close to a child. Remember the dog maybe a domesticated animal, but 70% of its brain is still untamed ( uthats why dogs go by pack behaviour rules ebven when living in human environment). I do not mean to say that your dog will harm the child, but protecting your child as a mother has priority over the faith and trust for a well trained animal. A german shepard as it was originally a herding dog, ( before WW - II, where it was used to track escaped prisoners and patrol borderlines). So GSD which stioll has herding instincts might try to herd your child away from danger ( fo eg: falling froma step), but in push the child with its muzzle so hard that it can bruise the tender skin. Also suddenly if the GSD feels like moving your child away from danger, it might lightly grab it to take it away, and I dont want to tell u want might happen!!!!!!!. So pls use supervision at all times.
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By Sunita · 23 Apr 2011 10:39 am
Hi Ruchi,
All these talks about GSD with new born kids is wrong, it is just 1% risk. First, thing if your GSD crosses the age of 9months to 1yrs living with you, and then you conceive the GSD starts seeing changes in your body and is very aware a new born is arriving.
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