Looking for advice. Would it be daft to get a puppy while 24 weeks pregnant? It would be a Labrador pup. We have a large house and garden but I’m wondering if it’s too much to take on. DH is very keen.
I said no to the same question as I knew otherwise I would be constantly cleaning up puppy excrement as well as baby excrement. Even though I'm medical, it was too much for me!!
It was fine for my husband as he'd be out at work all day!!
Nope, it would be a very very bad idea
We now have 2 lovely labs- a pup and an adult. It was fine crate training them with their toileting, but I don't think I could have done it with a baby/ toddler
In my opinion you would be utterly mad!
Don’t do this. You will have a very young dog who needs loads of training and attention along with a newborn. This is a really stupid idea.
It would be a really bad idea
Yes. They are bonkers for about a year and a half. That and a newborn would be hideous. Classic time to get a puppy would be when your youngest is six or seven, looking at what happens around here
Maybe get a cat?
No. Don’t do it!! We’ve got a 10 month old pup and DS is 11 and it’s been a struggle, no way could I have managed it with a new born in tow. Wait until your DC is older.
Don't do it. Babies and puppies are very demanding. The work load would be huge. Plus you would miss out on one to one time with either the pup or baby. Enjoy your baby and get a dog in a few years x x
My ‘yes’ was answering ‘would it be daft?’.
It’s too much. Fine whilst you are pregnant but having a newborn/baby and a puppy is not a good combo. We share a lab puppy with my Mum and the logistics of taking him out on my own with my DD – ten months – is just a faff. He’s big and clumsy and whilst he has a lovely temperament and is very chilled out he is still a puppy. He nibbles, jumps up from time to time, and I have to be really careful to ensure they are both kept in a safe situation. Labradors are very slow to mature too, can be about 18months before they stop puppy behaviours. We aren’t there yet but by all account the teenage years can be really tough!
Labrador pups are delightful but you’ll enjoy both the baby and the puppy a lot more if you wait a few years.
I have to say I was kind of expecting these answers. DH is keen and as was I until I started thinking about the implications which makes me feel like I am moving the goalposts which is never nice.
Why is your DH so keen? Is it because you’ll be on maternity and will do most of the care for the puppy?
Ive got a 13 wk old cocker spaniel and 3 children (2yrs, 3yrs and 5yrs) and its incredibly hard work, a puppy and a newborn is a really really bad idea. My kids are able to wait 5mins whilst i take pup out for a wee and they all sleep through so im only up at 3.30am with a puppy who needs a wee and not a newborn whos feeding all night long. Please dont get a puppy until your baby is older.
I would be very alarmed about my husband’s judgement if he believes that getting a puppy is a good idea when his wife is 24 weeks pregnant. How can anyone be that daft?
I absolutely 100% guarantee that you will regret getting this dog. I was searching for a dog when I found out I was pregnant with my first. I was an experienced dog owner and convinced myself it would be ok as I’d be home on maternity with plenty of time to train it. Thank god I let people talk me out of it!! There were more than a few times I’d be sat there utterly exhausted panicking about having to get through the day ahead, and I’d think I don’t even know what I’d do now if I had a puppy to cope with aswell. It ended up being another 3 years before I finally felt able to take responsibility for a dog on top of a child. There’s nothing stopping you getting a dog in a few months when the baby’s here, at least you’ll have more of an idea whether you can handle both. If you get a dog now and it becomes completely unmanageable then you’re stuck
We brought our retriever pup home when I was 27 weeks pregnant. We knew it would be hard hard work, we set alarms through the night for toilet training, attended puppy classes, socialised with different people and vehicles and all that jazz. it was exhausting, but no worse than expected. I regretted it for about 48 hours, I think that was my hormones as I did so much research and soul searching first.
It was the best decision ever (for us). We have both had dogs before so knew what we were getting into. My parents are also dog lovers so he's never needed kennels or to be left alone, he just goes round there if we need to be out for more than 3 hours or so. I wouldn't have done it if we didn't have back up dog sitters on hand though.
You do need to watch a puppy as much as you'd watch a baby, and no matter how puppy proof your house is you'll find something glaringly obvious that you didn't consider once you're home. For us it was the gravel in part of the garden! He was fine with the baby, there's lots of advice online about preparing your dog and how to include them. I used a carrycot on a second hand pram in the lounge so baby was out of dog's reach and easily moveable between rooms. They're both 4 now and best mates.
I have an almost 2 year old dog and sometimes his training too much between DH and I and full time work! No way I could I have done his first 2 years with a new born! When both the puppy and the baby are crying, who will you go to first? Will you then both be getting up and dealing with one each?
What about evenings? When you are tired from sleep deprivation, how/who will handle, walking, training, playing! Puppies bite, they are land sharks, that requires a ton (A TON) of patience, how will you deal with that with a new born? If DH is working are you meant to be in charge of both? They are both babies, but the human one will come first but that will create issues for the puppy, so who will deal with the inevitable behavioural issues which will come out that?
Realistically, it's a crappy idea to get a puppy until your kid understands to leave it alone (4-5years old), then the puppy and the kid can run circles around each other and tire themselves out.
DH isn’t any more keen than I was. We were both wanting a dog and when I fell and pregnant we still thought it was a good idea. It’s just now I’m having second thoughts. He most definitely does not have bad judgement, just thinks dog and child growing up together would be great, as do I. Ideal world though, we both agree the dog would have been here way before the baby but life doesn’t always work in perfect timings.
I need some advice please. I have just found out I am 5 weeks pregnant with my second child. I also have a little girl who is 2. I have endometriosis and have been trying to conceive for about a year without much luck but yesterday I took a pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant! Woohoo. One thing though, we have placed a deposit on a Golden Retriever Puppy which we are due to pick up at the end of the year, I will be 10 weeks. I would still very much like to go through with it but I don’t want to go in to it all with my eyes closed. The baby is due in July, is 7 months a reasonable amount of time to get this Puppy settled before the baby arrives? Fortunately my partner finishes work at 4 so is able to walk the Dog for me during the late stage of my pregnancy and once the baby has arrived but I’m still worried I’m taking too much on my plate? Please can someone advise?
Also just to add, I am a SAHM.
Congratulations!! I would say, as the owner of a now 3 year old dog, don't get the puppy. I found the puppy stage really hard and she didn't calm down until 2. I often thought how do people do this with babies/toddlers as mine are teens. Honestly puppies are relentless.
It probably is too much, a lot of people get rid of their dog once a baby comes along especially if it’s young. If you put hard work into training and preparation it’s doable.
Hey OP, firstly congrats on baby no2!
I’m currently pregnant with my first and we have a lab retriever who is 2 yrs old so not really the same situation however we were planning our wedding when we got him at 8 weeks old. He was 8 months old when we got married and everyone commented how well behaved and well trained he was on the day so from my experience 7 months is definitely enough time to get them settled (although I wasn’t having to cope with being pregnant at the time!).
The key for us was puppy classes locally as it was a great opportunity to social him as well as teaching him (and us) the basics! Also labs and golden retrievers are fab with kids, they have such good temperaments!
You’ll also have the advantage that puppy will grow up with your 2 yr old so by the time baby comes along they’ll be used to all the noises and things that come with kids!
Personally I loved having a dog around when I was little and I’m so excited to see our baby bond with our furbaby so I’d say go for it but only if you’re prepared to put in the time!
Good luck OP xx
I’m not sure you can compare planning a wedding to having a child.
It depends. If you’re an experienced dog owner, you could perhaps make it work. If this is your first dog, your first puppy. really think carefully. Some say puppies are like newborn humans. I don’t know if it’s quite comparable, but your daughter will also be getting used to the new baby, so you could experience behavioural changes from her too.
A lot of extra stress tbh!
Maybe in the future.
Hi everyone, thank you for all of your responses so far, good and bad, they’re all good to hear and take on board. Personally I think we would manage ok since we are a very active couple but that’s not taking away from the fact that I’m sure it will be more of a challenge than under usual circumstances. As silly as it sounds I’m worried what people will think of me if I still take the Puppy on whilst I’m pregnant. It seems so irresponsible on our side but the reason we decided to go ahead with a Puppy is because my fallopian tubes are so badly blocked we were told by the Gyne our chances were extremely slim so just didn’t think we would get so lucky. Not sure what to do. We have all been so excited about the Puppy particularly my daughter and bought everything we need as well as deposit and a bigger car!
Experts recommend adopting a dog of the opposite sex if you’re adding a second dog.
Are you thinking of adopting a second dog? Adding new furry family members can be exciting — for both you and your current dog. But bringing another dog into your home is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Along with breed and activity level, gender matters with a second dog.
Getting another dog to keep the first company can make both dogs happy.
You may wonder, does gender matter when you add a second dog? Can two male dogs get along? Can two female dogs get along? I have a female dog; should I get a male or female dog?
The answers, of course, depend on the dogs. You need to make sure the new dog is compatible with the first.
Gender matters with a second dog
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but generally, gender will play an essential role in whether your new dog will get along with your existing dog.
Experts agree that the second dog should be of the opposite sex for the best possible chance of success.
Should you adopt a dog of the opposite sex?
Give your dog the best life possible by providing opportunities for ongoing socialization with other dogs.
Let’s say that you have a male dog at home and you’ve fallen in love with a male dog at the local animal shelter. It may be best to find a female instead.
Even if your current dog is sweet as pie, there’s bound to be a conflict between the two males. Things may be OK initially, but they may be at each other’s throats in the future when they decide that it’s time to change the pack order.
The two males may also fight over toys and the affection of their humans.
You may wonder how to get two female dogs to get along. Like male dogs, two female dogs also may struggle with dominance issues which can lead to dog aggression.
When two dogs of the same gender live in the same household, they will be forced to determine which one should be the “alpha” and which one should be the “beta,” or bottom dog.
The “decision-making” process can be violent and nasty. Ultimately, the conflict could change both dogs’ personalities. One may become excessively dominant, while the other may become overly submissive.
With a male and a female, the male can continue being the alpha, and the female can be the top female in the pack. If both dogs have been neutered, there’s an even higher chance the two dogs will get along well.
A male and female dog can live in harmony because they don’t have to compete over a position at the top of the totem pole.
Can same-sex dogs get along?
Experts recommend adopting a dog of the opposite sex, but two dogs of the same gender can get along. It depends on each dog’s personality and level of dominance.
If you decide to go ahead and get a dog of the same gender, some experts suggest bringing in a much younger dog than your current one.
Introducing a male puppy to a male dog will work better than introducing another older dog. A puppy may be less intimidating for an older dog, and he may not feel like he has to protect his territory. But keep in mind that there is a chance for conflict as the dog ages.
On the plus size having a two-dog household can reduce issues like separation anxiety if you need to leave the dogs home alone.
Gender isn’t the only thing that matters.
While you should consider the gender of the second dog when adopting another dog, it’s not the only thing that matters.
First of all, it’s essential to consider whether you can handle the responsibility of having two dogs. Two dogs will mean twice the work and double the expenses. You’ll also need to make sure that you have the time to bond with your new dog.
If you have a new baby on the way or are making a significant life change, it may not be a good time to bring another dog into the house.
Also, consider your current dog.
- Is he obedience trained? Does he already follow commands?
- Would he even want another dog? Not all dogs are dog-friendly
- Is he a senior dog or ill? A puppy’s high energy may get on his nerves.
You’ll also want to consider the new dog’s breed and temperament. Shelter dogs sometimes have complicated pasts that may make them unsuitable for living with other dogs. Some breeds also are naturally territorial, which may cause issues between the two dogs.
Also, consider the sizes of the two dogs and their energy levels. If you have a huge dog, adopting a tiny dog may cause problems. Two highly energetic dogs may also be exhausting for you.
Adopting another dog isn’t a decision that should be rushed or taken lightly. Take the time to consider your current dog’s personality and gender when choosing a new pack member. A dog of the opposite gender will give you the best chance of success, according to experts.
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If you’re considering getting a second dog, there are questions you should answer and steps you should take to prepare for the responsibility that comes with training the new dog and helping your current dog adjust.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Before you jump into this new commitment, ask yourself these questions:
- Is your current dog out of puppyhood and completely trained and bonded to you? It’s often more than twice as difficult for one person to train two young dogs at the same time. Young dogs may also bond to each other and be less likely to create as strong a bond with you.
- What’s the age of your current dog? Many breeders recommend that your first dog be at least one-to-two-years old before you add a second to the family. If you have an old dog, he may not be physically able to play with or tolerate a pup.
- What kind of dog do you want to add to the pack? Is your current dog large or small? Do you have space for two dogs, and will you be able to walk two dogs at once? Dogs with similar energy levels make the best companions. Some breeders suggest that opposite-sex dogs get along best.
- Do you have any big events or projects coming up? You may have forgotten how much time is required to dedicate to training and socialization. If your time is limited, wait until your schedule clears.
- Is your family onboard? A new dog will change the dynamic of the household, adding more cleaning, time, and money to be spent on dogs, so it’s important that everyone be excited about the new puppy.
- Can you handle the additional cost? You’ll be doubling your financial commitment – twice the amount of food, vet visits, vaccines, grooming, etc. If you’re not prepared for the added expense, don’t get a second dog.
The Wrong Reasons to Get a Second Dog
If the reason for getting a new puppy is among the ones below, it’s best to wait.
“My dog is fearful, so I want another dog to help him be less anxious and neurotic.” The problem with that reasoning is that dogs can pass their anxieties on to another dog, so then you have two fearful dogs. Work on your dog’s behavior issues first, and then decide if you want to add to your pack.
“My dog is aggressive with other dogs, so I want to teach him that dogs are nice.” The safety of your new puppy can be a concern if the older dog is aggressive.
“I don’t really want another dog, but my kids do.” Your kids may be telling you, “I’ll take care of the dog. I’ll do all the work.” Sure they will. Say to yourself, “I will be responsible for a second dog.” If you’re grinding your teeth or sighing a lot, then you probably need to wait a few months and revisit the issue.
How to Introduce the Newcomer
If and when you do get a second dog, here are some tips on making the transition a smooth one.
First, introduce the dogs when they’re on-leash in a neutral place. Read up on dog body language, so you recognize what your dogs are telling you and each other. Let another adult handle one of the dogs, and make sure both dogs are on short, loose leashes. Take the dogs for a walk along a different route than your dog is used to.
Next, if the dogs seem interested and fairly calm, let them walk up to each other. Let them sniff each other. Verbally praise a good interaction, and keep the leashes loose. After a few seconds, distract them with treats and redirect the attention back to you.
When a new puppy or dog comes into the house, let the dogs interact safely with the use of a crate or pen. Alternate with one dog in and one dog out. The crate or pen makes it easy for a dog to visit, but walk away when he’s had enough. Always supervise, even with this setup.
During this process, watch for stiff posture, lip lifting, and staring — behaviors that can precede growling and snapping. If you see these warning signs, give the dogs a break before trying again.
Have a SUPER Start
Until the dogs are acclimated to each other, which could take days, weeks, or months, try using the “SUPER” method.
Supervise: Keep your eyes on both dogs at all times, whenever they are together, until the adjustment period is over. Give each dog separate food and water bowls, and don’t leave food bowls out after mealtime. Don’t give the dogs bones or toys until they prove they get along.
Understand: The puppy was your idea, not your dog’s. In time, with help from the humans in the house, your dog will adjust. Until then, remember to shower the older dog with attention and love.
Pens: Crates, pens, and baby gates will be a sanity saver for you and the dogs. Everyone, including dogs, needs alone time. Also, make sure each dog gets time alone with you to bond every day.
Expect: Your older dog may correct your puppy with a growl or snap from time to time. This is how adult dogs teach puppies social skills. Your job is to supervise, so that things don’t get out of hand.
Reinforce: Reward your dog when he shows tolerance for the puppy. If your dog doesn’t move away, growl, or snap when the puppy lies down next to him, say “Yes” and reward with a treat.
Like any training process, introducing, training, and socializing a new dog takes time. Remember to be patient, and if the relationship is consistently rocky, pursue professional dog-training advice .
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Avoiding malnourishment of a bitch from the pre-breeding phase to parturition is vital to the health of both the bitch and her pups.
We are all aware that good nutrition and proper prenatal care play important roles in ensuring the birth of healthy human children. The same is true in ensuring that our canine friends are born healthy.
Proper care and feeding of a breeding bitch should begin long before she is actually bred and even before her estrous cycle begins. If you and your veterinarian decide a bitch is a good breeding candidate, based upon a thorough physical exam in which she is found to be in good health and free of any physical abnormalities that may jeopardize pregnancy or whelping, as well as any potentially dangerous inheritable conditions, then the real work begins. She should be evaluated and treated for internal as well as external parasites that could impair her health or be transmitted to her offspring. She should also be given all appropriate vaccinations, as determined in consultation with your veterinarian.
The prospective breeding bitch should be weighed to help evaluate her overall nutritional status. Dietary adjustments in amount or type of food should be made at this time to achieve optimal body weight. A bitch who is either overweight or underweight will have less reproductive success.
What Are the Dangers?
Veterinary nutritionists strongly believe that malnourishment of bitches before breeding and during pregnancy is a major factor in neonatal puppy mortality, which is estimated to be between 20 and 30 percent. Just like growth and performance, reproduction is a physiologic state with nutritional requirements that exceed those of a maintenance phase. A bitch who is pregnant or has just given birth draws upon the nutritional reserves deposited in her body before and during pregnancy. A malnourished female will not have sufficient protein, vitamins, minerals and energy to support pregnancy.
Malnourishment of a breeding bitch can occur as the result of feeding poor-quality diets, imbalanced diets or insufficient amounts of good-quality diets. It can happen at any stage of her reproductive cycle, though perhaps the danger is greatest during late pregnancy, when nutritional needs greatly increase. Improper feeding of a breeding bitch can result in impaired health of both the bitch and her offspring, can cause low conception rates and birth defects, problems carrying the entire litter to term, dystocia (labor difficulties), as well as improper mammary development, which reduces the quality and amount of the milk and colostrum produced. Overweight bitches, as well as those who are underweight, may also have many of these problems.
Nutritional deprivation during pregnancy has been shown to affect the immune systems of both the bitch and her pups. The immune system is very sensitive to nutritional inadequacies during its formation and development. It can also affect the immune system’s ability to function during future pregnancies as well, even if proper nutrition is restored.
Many times the malnourishment of the bitch is not evident until it is too late. She may appear thin and out of condition once whelped, with inadequate muscle and body-fat reserves to support lactation. The pups may suffer from “fading puppy syndrome,” appearing weak, crying frequently, eating poorly and lacking coordination. Many of these pups face early death.
To ensure adequate nutritional status of the bitch prior to breeding, many veterinarians will do some simple blood work to determine whether the bitch is anemic or has low blood protein. If either problem is detected, this would indicate malnourishment and should be corrected prior to breeding.
When She Is Pregnant
Once a bitch is pregnant, she should be fed a high-quality, well-balanced performance diet throughout gestation, even though the pregnant bitch’s nutritional requirements increase only minimally during the first half of gestation. As a guideline, choose a highly digestible, very palatable commercial diet. It should contain at least 29 percent protein and 17 percent fat. High amounts of soluble carbohydrates and a low fiber content are important to ensure adequate energy intake and to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in late pregnancy. Adequate intake of calcium (between 1 and 1.8 percent) and phosphorous (between .8 and 1.6 percent) intake is important for adequate milk production by the bitch so that the pups’ bones form properly.
Dietary supplements, such as meats, milk, vitamins and minerals are generally not recommended if a high-quality growth/lactation diet is fed. Feeding excessive amounts of calcium or vitamin D can cause calcification of the soft tissues of the fetus, as well as other birth defects. Although lactation requires large amounts of calcium, supplementation during pregnancy does not prevent calcium depletion during lactation (eclampsia) and may actually compound the problem. Supplementation with meat products can reduce the carbohydrate content of the diet and can be associated with hypoglycemia and stillbirths.
If a high-quality, well-balanced growth/lactation ration is being fed, the actual amount of food required by the bitch during the first five to six weeks of pregnancy need not be increased significantly (10 percent maximum). This is because less than 30 percent of fetal growth occurs during these first few weeks. However, fetal growth rapidly increases in the last three to four weeks of gestation.
The bitch’s food intake should be gradually increased by a total of 15 to 25 percent by the time of whelping to ensure adequate gain of body weight and increase of nutritional reserves. Because many females suffer from decreased appetite late in pregnancy due to abdominal distention, more frequent meals help maintain nutrient intake during this critical time. She should be fed at least twice daily. Indeed, many breeders will be feeding free choice by the time whelping approaches.
Maintaining adequate nutrition during the last trimester by feeding greater amounts of high-quality, well-balanced and palatable growth/lactation diet in frequent meals is critical to support the bitch and her pups for the next few weeks and to assure future good health.
In Part Two, I will discuss proper feeding of the bitch during whelping and lactation to support adequate puppy growth and health.
Kathleen Hefner is an award-winning New Jersey-based veterinarian.
AKC GAZETTE articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment values. Authors’ views do not necessarily represent the policies of the American Kennel Club, nor does their publication constitute an endorsement by the AKC.
I tried to make this short but oops. TLDR at bottom.
It seemed impossible to care for our puppy. With me being in college and my boyfriend working, we were trying to juggle this huge responsibility. To add onto it, we got an 8 week old Great Pyrenees. The most stubborn breed I’ve ever seen.
Financially we started having a harder time, were stressed and frustrated to no end about our pup, and at 7 months after nearly being pulled down the stairs by him, decided to give him back to the farm we got him from. It was just too much and everything little thing that went wrong just sent me over an edge of stress and anxiety. The couple we got him from were wonderful and promised to find him another great home and even said they weren’t sure if they wanted to give him away to another family because they ended up loving him too.
The next morning we asked how he was doing and missed him terribly, thinking about how he must be adjusting and realizing we forgot to tell them that his favorite treat was ice. We imagined all the time what he would be up to and how much fun he must be having back at their farm. We even left his mat for his food bowls in its spot because neither of us wanted to move it.
A few days of crying and feeling like our apartment was empty, I decided I wanted him back. At every turn, I just thought of what our pup would do in that spot. Lay for hours, eat food, run up to us and crush us from. My boyfriend was all up for whatever I wanted to do. At 10pm I texted the couple appreciating how amazing and understanding they have been and explaining how we think we made a huge mistake. The puppy blues had hit so hard, and so after talking to them, the next morning I was on the way to pick up our puppy again and they gladly gave him back.
Our boy was so happy to see us and so were we. The puppy blues had gotten to us but we realized we couldn’t see ourselves without our baby. He became a huge part of our small family and we decided he’s here to stay. Seeing his goofy happy face and his fluff and knowing he was coming back was a huge relief.
I’m sure he thought he was just on vacation because our pup went right back to his old normal self, laying in front of the door and at our feet and pummeling us with his weight when we’re sitting on the couch. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you’re having a hard time with your pup, hire a pet sitter, ask a family member or friend or neighbor to take them for a day or two, or board them if you can. It is overwhelming and stressful doing it on your own and puppies are demanding. Before rehoming, get some time to yourself and make sure you’re not just filled with stress and making a rash decision. Puppy blues are 100% real.
TLDR: We gave our pup back to the farm we got him from, couldnt stop thinking about him every second of the day. Asked for him back and realized we were just so deep into puppy blues trying to do it on our own 24/7. Give yourself space and take care of yourself before making any decisions about rehoming. It’s okay to send pup off to daycare or a friends/family members for a day. Having a puppy is no joke and puppy blues is 100% real. Our pup is back and our family and home feels whole again.
So you’ve decided to bring home a new puppy. Your research has helped you realize that same sex cohabiting dogs are more likely to fight than mixed couples, so you’ve elected for a female puppy. While introducing a female pup to a male adult isn’t the most difficult new dog scenario, it won’t be without its challenges. Preparation, observation and a little patience are all important if you’re to have a harmonious canine household.
Since you already have a male dog, it’s smart to consider getting a female, as there will be less tension between the two. It’s also good that you’re introducing a puppy to an adult dog, as there will be fewer tussles and disputes over dominance in the early days. These may occur later, when the puppy is fully grown, but at least for now that’s something you don’t need to worry about. Catherine De La Cruz of the Great Pyrenees Club of California Rescue believes that bringing a new puppy into a home with a resident male is the easiest of all canine introductions and that new female to resident male is the second easiest.
As with all new dog introductions, problems will occur. Fortunately, bringing home a female puppy where there is a resident adult male has fewer problems than many other introductions. One thing to look out for is aloofness from the female. While your resident male may be showing exemplary manners in attempting to socialize with the new dog, she may simply prefer her own company, especially in the early days.
The initial introduction has the potential to influence the entire relationship. Get this right and you may have two firm friends for life. Get it wrong and you may find yourself constantly trying to fight relationship problems. Let the two dogs meet in a neutral location, such as a park. Male dogs can be very territorial, so bringing a new and unfamiliar dog into the home may cause the resident dog to react badly. Once they’ve had the chance to interact, make the first introduction in the home. Keep the female puppy on the leash and allow the male to roam free. If there is any tension, gently guide Missy away. This is still Lucky’s turn, so it’s important not to show favor to the new girl.
You’ll need to keep an eye on Missy and Lucky for the first few weeks. Although being a female means she’s more likely to be happy in her own company, she’s still a puppy, and puppies can be trying for older dogs. TV dog trainer Cesar Milan recommends tiring out the pup with lots of play so she simply doesn’t have the energy to annoy the older dog.
Hello reddit. I've come here for advice because I'm sure someone else has done this before.
My wife is giving birth at some point, she is pregnant now, and I am wondering what I'm going to do with my dog while she is actually physically in the hospital doing it.
Background on her: she's an Australian Cattle Dog, she's 7, around 25 pounds, and she really does not like other people. She's neutral about other dogs, but in terms of other people, it's like she is scared of everyone and will really bark and them and go nuts. She's never really full on bit anyone – she nipped my brother's heel and my friend's heel (they're called heelers, it's a herding thing). She did bite a trainer once, it wasn't anything too crazy but the trainer knew how she was and decided to try and do something with her anyway that she shouldn't have so, no 'random' people or anything like that.
I'm not really sure what to do. It will be early November so I could just keep her in the car. This kind of feels like the best option – she doesn't mind the car, I can make sure she's safe and good, the only issue is someone seeing her in the parking garage in a car and deciding to make a big deal about it. That does make me kind of nervous – I really don't want to be with my wife while she's giving birth worrying about the dog.
I could leave her at an air bnb near the hospital while we do it, but then I don't know if she's barking or what. Aside from not liking people she is really good, so I wouldn't be worried at all about her damaging anything. unless I'm stuck at the hospital for a really really long time. then what?
The last option is leaving her at my house. This feels the best and safest but we are about an hour away from the hospital. This means that if we're there for a long time, someone needs to come feed her or let her out of the house which. I don't really know how that would work. I honestly thought about setting up some barriers and stuff in my house, and then a friend could come in, she'd be sectioned off in one part of the house, they could give her food and water – that would actually be perfect. but what do I do about them letting her out?
No option is perfect. I'm really wondering what other people have done in this situation. I thought about things like a home birth but it's not an option unfortunately. I called some dog sitting places around here, well, I called one, and she said they can't take dogs that are muzzled around people, obviously, and couldn't recommend anyone that would. She recommended Rover, kind of like an app to find pet-sitters, but it's still the same problem. Is someone literally going to open the window and throw in food? And they still can't let her out.
I've done a ton of training stuff with her, I'm working on it, I have her on meds as of a month ago so, I'm working on it – I just need to figure out this piece of the puzzle and I really have no idea what I should do.
They may look fierce, but American bullies tend to be among the most affectionate of dogs, and are perfect for people who love dogs with a big character but don’t have enough space for bigger breeds at home.
Their gentle nature doesn’t seem to go with their threatening appearance, but American bullies make great companions for their owners and fit right into the family. This OneHowTo article will explain how to look after an American bully, so you’ll learn a bit more about them and, no doubt, fall in love with them too.
Characteristics of An American Bully
The American bully is a relatively new breed that first appeared in the early 1980s, and is an offshoot of the pit bull family. Its physical appearance makes it look like a strong, fierce dog, not only because it resembles a pit bull, but also due to its thick body, large head and high set ears, which make it look somewhat bad-tempered.
These dogs are ideal companions that are loyal to their families, and have a gentle nature, even around small children, who they love playing and spending time with.
As far as caring for your dog is concerned, it’s important to consider the basics: hygiene, food and especially exercise. They are not dogs that need lots of looking after, and are usually very healthy.
The Fur or Coat
American bullies have really short fur that’s easy to take care of, as it doesn’t need regular brushing or much looking after. It’s important to use a special dog shampoo when you give it a bath, which you should do every two to three weeks depending on the condition of its coat. To prevent bad odours and skin irritations, it will need to dry off in the sun after having a bath, and you can also use a hair dryer to help with this.
It’s absolutely essential to take care of your dog’s wrinkles, making sure they’re always clean and above all dry. Drying your dog’s wrinkles will prevent skin diseases or irritations that will involve future trips to the vet. This OneHowTo article explains how to take care of your dog’s fur.
The Best Diet For an American Bully
When it’s still a very young puppy, you should feed your dog 4 times a day: morning, noon, afternoon and evening. The food should be specially designed for puppies. Ideally, it should be premium quality and made specifically for a particular stage in its development, depending on its age.
From 5 months, you can reduce the number of times you feed it per day to three, matching a human meal schedule: morning, midday and evening. It’s important that you increase the quantity of the food when you stop one of the feeding sessions, so that the dog can last until its next meal.
Walks and exercise
It’s important to take your American bully for a walk only after the age of 3 months, or when it has had all its vaccines, otherwise this could be dangerous for its health. Take it for a walk at least twice a day, and make sure it has days of intensive activity that will stimulate it physically and mentally, but be careful not to overdo things; like many other breeds, American bullies can suffer from bone and joint disease, which can lead to elbow and hip dislocations.
Tip: It’s important to cut your dog’s nails regularly, but it’s better if you leave this to your vet unless you have sufficient knowledge and experience.
American bully's care
So now that you know how to care for an American Bully dog. If you want to take care about your dog and make him happy remember to buy special food and a suitable bed.
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