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Can Dog Like Baby TOO Much?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby, Magnetized Babies, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can Dog Like Baby TOO Much?

Thanks to the sharing by some other people with greater reach than I, my older posts on Babies Magnetized to Dogs received a flurry of new activity and questions about what if it is the DOG that seems “magnetized” to the baby? For example: Abigail asks, “Can I ask a question please? What about dogs who are magnetized to the baby? My youngest dog is a terrier mix who I rehomed when he was 10 months old. His old owners had two young children who definitely “luvved” him and he’s the right temperament that he now...

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Kathy Sdao’s SMART x 50 – Another Way to Use 1,000 Treats

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Dog Training, Help! (Q&A) | 4 comments

Kathy Sdao’s SMART x 50 – Another Way to Use 1,000 Treats

This post is a follow-up to a comment on last week’s Thousand Treat Challenge post: “Do you think it will work if you just treat for good behaviour? My parents have a 1 year old Rottweiler who is getting a bit out of control and I am afraid he is getting more negative than positive attention. I thought if they can look out for any good behaviour and treat that, maybe it would help calm/focus the dog.” Yes!  I’ve been meaning to write about Kathy Sdao’s terrific book Plenty in Life is Free – Reflections on...

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Is Baby Safe in Daycare With Dogs?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Help! (Q&A), Other People's Dogs | 10 comments

Is Baby Safe in Daycare With Dogs?

I need help baaaadly! My wife and I have a 9mo. old and my inlaws are our everyday babysitter. They have four dogs.  Two of them,  I don’t worry about. The other two however are a different story; these dogs are in there teen years energy wise. One is a Louisiana catahoula and the other is a mutt of some sort. They play rough and fast and we are worried because my mother in law does not think they will harm her (on purpose). The mutt has already accidentally severely scratched my babies back by stepping on her back. Shrugged it off...

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How Can I Control OTHER Children Around My Dog?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby, Other People's Kids | 22 comments

How Can I Control OTHER Children Around My Dog?

I am a mother of one 6 month old boy.  I am working to keep his interest in the dog suppressed.  Our dog is a 3 year old, rescued Lhasa Apso.   He tends to be a little on the crabby side and really only likes adult interaction.  I feel that I can control the interactions between my son and my dog but how do I control the children of friends, family and the neighbor kid?  He recently nipped the head of the toddler next door when he stuck it in his face.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks, Molly Hello Molly!  I’m...

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Life With Baby Makes Me Resent My Dogs

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Dog Training, Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby | 7 comments

Life With Baby Makes Me Resent My Dogs

I don’t know what to do. I have 3 dogs that were every thing to my husband and I but since our daughter who is 2 that’s changed. I feel a sense of resentment towards the dogs. I feel my life would be so much easier and I would have more time to be a mom if it were not for them. I never thought I would feel this way. I feel horrible and at the same time the thought of getting rid of any one of them is heart breaking. We rescued all of them and I promised them a good life. They are large dogs and we have a small house right now. How...

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How Can I Socialize My Puppy With Kids?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Help! (Q&A) | 6 comments

How Can I Socialize My Puppy With Kids?

Hey Madeline, I have a dog/kid question to ask you.  Next week we are having a “Neighborhood Night Out” Party, pretty much the same as a Block Party. I think it would be a Great Opportunity to socialize my puppy, but is that stepping over boundaries?   There would surely be a lot of kids there, would that be asking too much of the puppy?  (She’s five months old now.) Stella   Hi Stella!  Good for you to be thinking of your puppy’s welfare.  Socializing a puppy is pretty much a whole topic in itself but there...

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When Should We Add a New Dog?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Dog Training, Help! (Q&A) | 2 comments

When Should We Add a New Dog?

Dear Madeline, Thank you so much for all of the helpful information on your blog- I’ve shared it far and wide with other parents/dog-owners! Our family dog passed away about six months ago, when my son (an only child) was 6 months old. We would like to have another dog at some point, but we also plan to have another child when our first is around 3 years old. We’re trying to think about the best time to bring a new dog into the mix. It was very easy (for us) having a dog with a newborn who left the dog alone, but I worry about the...

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Our Lab is a Magnet for the Baby

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby, Magnetized Babies | 1 comment

Hi Madeline, I stumbled upon your website when looking for ways to get my 1 year old to behave with the dog a little better.  We did EXACTLY what you said not to do.  Our lab is a magnet for the baby.  She is what you would consider a “good dog” but a recent snow storm has had us cooped in the house for a week together and her tolerance has dropped and sent me searching for the right thing to do.  We have started to keep them apart more, but I wanted to make sure I had some guidance from experienced people.  Thank you for your...

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Should Dog Lick Baby?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby | 19 comments

Should Dog Lick Baby?

“Is it OK for my dog to lick my baby?  Does that mean he LIKES the baby…or is he TASTING the baby!?”  I get this question a lot in my Dogs and Babies class.  Licking seems like a good thing, right?  Generally, it’s friendly, familiar, welcoming – something a dog does with someone he or she likes. Don’t we tell kids, “Oh, look!  He gave you a kiss!”?  (In fact, I have an early childhood memory of feeling so hurt one time when Clancy, a neighborhood beagle, licked a neighbor girl and not...

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What Should Baby See You Do With Your Dog?

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Help! (Q&A), Life With Dog and Baby | 0 comments

What Should Baby See You Do With Your Dog?

I’m 6 months pregnant and own two basset hounds, and have been reading your magnetization posts with much interest! I do have one question – how important do you think it is to only let babies/small kids see their parents interacting with the dogs in “safe” ways? I’ll admit to sometimes cuddling/playing with my dogs in ways that I wouldn’t want my kids repeating with strange dogs (or even my dogs, if they’re in a bad mood) – things that my dogs will tolerate or even enjoy, but a) not all dogs will and b) I’m an adult who...

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