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Newborn Girl w/pack. Any objections?

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Marauder.45, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Marauder.45

    Marauder.45 Can'tre-MemberS

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    Alot of times when I show these photos, I get looks of shock and how can I endanger my child like that.
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    Now these dogs are obedience and protection trained. They also know who is boss. We also brought home the receiving blanket for them to smell before Momma and the baby came home. When we came home, the first thing we did was introduce our pack to the newest member, the baby. Those dogs love that baby girl like their own, I'd be more worried about people making unexpected moves toward the baby.

    It really bothers me when people chime in on stuff they know nothing about. Just cause you are afraid of dogs and don't know anything about them doesn't mean JACK when it comes to putting your .02 cents in.
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  2. Walter45Auto

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    Beautiful pack, all of them! Tell me a little more about the dogs and the baby. What's there names?


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    That is soo cool!!!
    When my oldest daughter was born we were visiting relatives who's dog just had a litter of pups (German Shephard). The mom was taking a break from her duties and curled up next to our daughter like she was one of her own, IT WAS PRICELESS!!!!
     
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    Baby girls name is Rowan. She is our first human bundle of joy, she came to us last November.

    The Rottie's name is Scruff, he is 4 and fixed. We have had him 3 years now. He is a little on the small size for his breed. 85lbs lean. His specialty is speed, he's amazingly agile for his breed. My wife's uncle passed and no one in the family wanted him. Or knew how to care for him. So he came to live with us.

    The GSD's name is Fenya. She is 2 and intact. We have had her since 8 weeks. She's been the boss dog since she was a puppy. Now she is bigger than Scruff.

    They have been trained together, starting with Basic when Fenya was around 1. They completed Advanced Obedience about 4 months later. They have been through Basic Protection, but no concentration on any Bite Training as of yet. My wife and I are the handlers, and we have never "dropped them off" for training. They are excellent with their commands. We have been real lucky to have a trainer who specializes in large breed dogs(Dobermans specifically), who lives 15 minutes away.
     
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    Did the dogs get jealous and how did they handle the baby now that she been home for 4months?


    most people that Iknow that have dogs or cats, notice a little jealousness when a new face is introduce. The humands spend less time and then they ( dog/cat ) realize that they are center of attention anymore.
     
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    I have heard many say that. But we have not had that problem. I think it has a lot to do with the introduction, and accessability to the child. Here are the steps we took.

    1. Bring home the receiving blanket for the dogs to smell before the wifey and child get home. Let them familiarize themselves with the new smell. Don't let them chew, paw, or lay on it.

    2. When you finally get home, send the wife in first. Stay outside with the baby. The dogs haven't seen the lady of the house in 2-3 days, so they are happy to see Momma again. Let them have 5 minutes to be happy.

    3. MOST IMPORTANT. Bring the child into the house and immediately introduce the new pack member. The baby is the newest edition. As soon as you come in, let the dogs have 10 minutes to get acquainted. The Alpha must be the one to present the child to the pack. Present the baby at the dogs level, not from standing. Either kneel or sit. Let the dogs sniff, lick and nuzzle. Correct them when they get too excited. Simple terms like "gentle", have worked for us.

    4. Allow the dogs access to the child. Let them come near the child in her bouncer, swing, floortime etc etc. If you yell at the dog every time they get near the baby, they will associate the baby with punishment, and that's bad.

    I followed these steps when we came home. Momma went in and loved the puppies for a few minutes. I came in, both grandmothers were there getting in the way, so I pushed them out of the way, went straight to the couch and the dogs got to sniff, look, and lick the baby. The dogs have adjusted very well, they still get their alone time with each of us. If you establish the pack order, the animals have no problem. At this point the baby is just another member.
     
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    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    here are some pics of our now ten year old


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    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    oops, couldn't get this on the other one ;e



    ack! that didnt work either;g


    oh well, you get the point...YOU know your dogs better than anyone!
     
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    By ten year old, I guess you mean the puppy.;f

    Dobie?
     
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    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    no, actually, I meant the baby! ~rf Yes, Katie was a dobie. We had to find a new home for her when he was two, but we recently adopted two adult dobies, and we have a three year old now.
     
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    Such a beautiful baby girl. It sounds like you probably won't have problems with jealousy from the dogs, because it sounds like you introduced Rowan to them the right way. Marauder, when I saw your rottie, I thought he could be a doberman cuz he's so lean. That's why I asked about them. So are you planning on one day breeding Fenya(Beautiful name for a beautiful dog, BTW.)? Are you planning on competing them in schutzhund after they get into the bite work? I've been told that an altered dog doesn't have the drive for the bite work. Don't know myself, cuz I've only been into schutzhund (spectator only. I don't have a dog right now.) a couple months now. Is Scruff a purebred, or is he mixed with something? He looks like he might have some dobe in him, and dobermans usually are excellent at agility stuff. I like dobermans myself.


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    Scruff was sold to our Uncle as pure, but we have our doubts. He might have had nutrition issues early, or he was a runt. His legs are not as stout as a Rottie's should be, his legs are very Dobie. He came from a breeder in an area not known for their outstanding methods. When we rescued him from the uncle's house, he had major behaviour probs. (23hr crating, yelling, beating the crate with brooms, etc. No one loved him after the uncle died, the only one there when he passed was Scruff. Saw him carried out on stretcher, it took a long time for him to get over seeing us sleep.) He was a lot of work. We had him fixed later, he was intact until almost 2. 2 years later and his prey drive is as strong as ever. He is an excellent candidate for bite training, but I am leery of teaching him how to bite. We're still debating if we want to take his training any further. Right now he can alert, detect, and deter threats with stance and volume. I'm not sure if we want to go to the next level.

    Fenya (Fenya and Menya were the brother and sister titans who spun the universe in norse lore) on the other hand we have plans for. Her sire was Scheutzhund III and a whole other alphabet soup of awards, Ruger Von Somethingorother, FOB from Germany with proper documentation of everything. We are keeping her intact for now, with plans for advanced training. Her drives and focus make her a perfect dog for just about any direction we want to take her. We'd like to give her at least one litter, sooner or later. But that is a TON of work, so until baby is a little older, Fenya has to play with our baby.
     
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    I've got a ton of pics like those! My kids have grown up with 1-2 ridgebacks in the house and the dogs let the kids do ANYTHING to them! Dogs make great 'bark-o-loungers' for kids!
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