Q: Is it safe to have a NewFoundland in the house with a baby?
My Son has a Beautiful, Gentle Newfoundland Dog. He weighs about 75pounds. He doesn't realize his size & tries to get up on your lap. My Daughter-in-law is expecting & I fear for the baby's safety. They think the dog will protect the baby & I know the dog would would never hurt the baby on purpose, but what if he tries to climb in the crib.They can't watch the dog 24hrs. a day. Am I being overly cautious???
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Answer by : D Eliseeee.
I'm not sure.. you should erge them to get puppy gates around the house (they will prolly already though becuase of the baby) and just not be aloud in the babies room or anywere their not watching the baby untill it is a toddler (:
Answer by : Finatic
Newfies are wonderful with children!! At 75 pounds, I would suspect the Newfoundland is still a puppy. The baby and puppy will be fine. As others have said, Newfoundlands are wonderful family animals with very sweet dispositions. You shouldn't worry.
I bred and raised Irish Wolfhounds and they were wonderful with my children…….
Answer by : Ani
What does you son and DIL think and how do they feel about having the Newfie around the baby?
They know their dog better than anyone and if they aren't worried you shouldn't be either.
Dogs are very intuitive.
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If you are overprotective of the baby, the dog will sense that and want to know why he's being shoved out into the cold so to speak.
Dogs also sense when they need to be cautious.
My SIL's dad is fond of telling the story about when she was little and his huge black lab hunting dog would "babysit" her for him and his wife.
He said it was clumsiest dog you could ever meet but he was the most graceful dog when he was babysitting my SIL and he wouldn't let anyone come near her.
I give your son and DIL praise for not giving their dog up just because they are having a baby.
To help put your mind at ease, look up information on how to introduce your pet to a new baby or how to introduce your baby to your pet.
Also, talk to your son and DIL about your fears. Good luck and congratulations! (Photo Credit: National Media Museum/Flickr)
Answer by : luvsdard
I am a soon to be grandma too and I worry about this sort of thing also. I never worried when I was having my own kids but life takes its toll and we know alot more now than when we were younger. Knowing all the things that can go wrong, we are more cautious. I would always be in the room with the dog and the baby. Newfies are great but they have no idea that they are that strong and big so you never know.
Don't ever let the dog in the baby's room case closed. And just keep a cautious eye out all the time. Then when the baby becomes a toddler, that's another story cause the kid will be all over the dog and u never know what will happen then. The kid could hurt the dog.
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