Pregnancy and Border Collie
Posted 17 June 2006 - 03:13 AM
I am confident she will be great with the new baby (so long as we introduce them correctly, continue to give Madison lots of attention, exercise, etc.).
I am curious to hear about other's experiences with their border collie and new babies!
Posted 17 June 2006 - 03:30 AM
Now when they come visit, he's perfect. Loves it when the baby is rolling around on the floor with him.
Posted 17 June 2006 - 06:02 AM
There was a loving and long lasting bond between my son and our dog.
I'm sure you already are very aware of this, but I'll still add this caveat -- I would NEVER leave a young child alone with ANY dog (no matter how gentle or loving the dog might be). A dog is still an animal and it is better to err on the side of caution than have a tragedy.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 06:06 AM
My theory is this:
My 9 month BC pup LOVES people. Has to meet everyone she sees. She never growls. I've had friends over before - but people River's met outside our home first (ie. their houses, etc). My inlaws and bro-in-law came to visit last month and River started growling at them from under table next to my legs. My bro-in-law Matthew is NOT dog savy (he's 23, but socially challenged) and River kept growling at him and didn't want to be near him. So we had him pet my other dog Jaida and get her scent all over his hand. Then we had him approach River, who did cautiously sniff his hand and then was fine when he petted her head. She was fine ever since.
So just in case Madison gets like River did, having the baby have both yours and her smell on it, definitely couldn't hurt Just remember, the baby is part of the pack and is alpha to Madison - even if the babe can't defend itself yet. Give Madison the job of being gentle to and guardian of the baby - that way she doesn't loose her place in the pack
Posted 17 June 2006 - 09:03 AM
Missy has been around the 4 m/o baby I nanny for since he was 5 days old. She was extremely curious about Anthony at first, then decided it was her job to follow him around. I found her in his room laying next to his crib more than once. Now she lays near him on the floor during "tummy time".
She is also very patient with Michael who is 16 m/o. He likes to lay against her. But I do have stop him from climbing on her! He also loves to throw the ball for her. She does have a "kid free" space she can go to, and they are always supervised when together.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 03:43 PM
It happened with both pregnancies so it wasnt a fluke.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:41 PM
Posted 18 June 2006 - 01:31 PM
She has had really good experiences with the two Border Collies and the first two children - but as others have mentioned, has been very careful. Her bitch really enjoys being part of story-reading time in the evening - very cute.
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