Crate, Necessary or Not

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  1. darkchild16

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    Should I get a crate for Walker when the baby comes home? My mom says no but I keep thinking maybe I should. Have any new moms noticed their dogs wanting to be in their crate more?
     
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    Well Beezer and Belles crates are in the basement (that is where they go when we go out... there is just no room upstairs for the crates) So they don't really have a chance to go hang in their crates but I really didn't notice any change in the dogs after bringing Hannah home.... they still sleep in the SAME places on the couches that they have always slept... Belle sleeps on the big couch and Beezer sleeps on the loveseat lol. They love Hannah and don't really want to be away from her.... of course she isn't walking and bothering them yet ;) I even catch beezer sleeping in front of her crib every once in a while during the night.

    but no I haven't noticed that they have wanted to get down to their crates ... they like every chance they get to go into the basement but they never spend any of that time in their crates... they just love to run around down there.
     
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    Ok thanks. I wasnt sure. But wanted to see what others have been going through because I have to get my dad to buy me a crate for Xmas if I need one LOL.
     
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    I never needed a crate for any reason. How well does walker mind you?
     
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    Walker minds great and loves babies. But when he had a crate he loved it and I figured with the change he might want it back.
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    all dogs should have a place to get away from a toddler, whatever makes them the most comfortable i guess. SCamper my little dog i had when mom babysat went under the piano. Where Children were not aloud.
     
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    I dont have anything like that in my room and since we are all going to be in my room i figured a crate might help but i really dont want to put one up unless i have to LOL its going to be cramped enough. Do you think the bed would be high enough once the little one can start getting around?
     
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    i don't think it is an issue of the dog wanting to be in the crate more now then before i mean when the baby comes home, i can only tell you that all of my dogs were crate trained and it was always a good idea because the dog had his own place to go if he needed to also if you can not keep your eye on puppy he was safe if he was in his crate good luck in what ever you choose but i don't think a crate is a bad idea
     
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    Its more the baby Im worried about in the safe department poor little girl is going to be surrounded by huge monsters (3 dogs over 60 lbs) who all want to play with her LOL. Once she starts crawling I can see Walker with his nose up her butt half the time LOL.

    And my mom also suggested he not sleep in the room with us for the first few weeks I dont think hes gonna go for that at all. Hes never slept anywhere but near me except when im not home.
     
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    be awhile before that baby is tearing up the place, you will have time to read him out.:) Have you seen over the hedge? Hammie the squirrel and Victor are interchangable WHoever wrote that knew Victor and he knew about my grandson. It amazed me. Except for tucking his toys in around the feet of the carseat, he did nothing else that was remotely dangerous.:D
     
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    LOl yes I saw that movie its AWESOME lol.
    I think Walker will be the same way i mean when madison (godsisters, daughter) is here he wont leave her alone for a minute unless shes asleep and then he sleeps next to her pack and play. I mean I dont even have two seconds to get my butt off the bed before he is nudging me and trying to hurry me up LOL. Hes the essential nanny dog. I just dont know hwo he would do with a baby screaming 24/7
     
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    He gonna get you and say make the baby stop crying! i had a cat that did that:D geesh did she ever fuss when the baby fussed.
     
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    I know i never have to worry about not knowing if the baby is crying or something that isnt normal LOL
     
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    LOL... for the first little while and still even now to some extent... Beezer HAD to be in the nursery if I was in there with Hannah. Whenever she would cry he would look at her and than look at me and than back at her... like he was saying "Why is she crying? Isn't your job to keep her from crying?" lol

    To be honest, I really wasn't sure how Beezer would react to Hannah when we first brought her home. Or Belle for that matter. Beezer was always super crazy and bouncing all over the place all the time. Since we brought Hannah home he has mellowed right out... he's still playful but he's much more mindful about where he gets bouncy. Even the first time I had Hannah on the bed with me he jumped up on the bed and I put my arm up to make sure he didn't step on her... but he just knew and he just curled around her and laid his head beside her head.

    for the most part (of course not all dogs) I think your dogs just know when you bring home your baby how they need to behave. It seems that they just realize that this little thing is delicate and cannot be treated like a big person. I was infinitely impressed with Beezer and Belle when we brought Hannah home. I had never seen them around a very small baby before so I really had no idea. but for first introductions I left Hannah in the carseat and held the car seat and let them come up and sniff her... they were very nervous at first. Belle even went as far as to sit back and her lip started to quiver... but she wasn't growling... her teeth were almost chattering lol... she was very nervous. But they warmed up very quickly .

    My only advice is to try not to change Walkers routine too much. I wouldn't forbid him from sleeping in the room for the first little while. There will already be such a big change having a new little person in the house... you don't want to pile onto that by changing his whole routine... that will just really send him for a loop and he won't know what to think. Try ato act as normal as possible and he will be comfortable with the whole situation much faster IMO.

    Does he have a special place he likes to sleep now since you don't have a crate up? Perhaps just keep that area open for him and as the baby gets older and mobile teach her to leave that area alone if possible.
     
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    My bed LOL. Thats the only place besides a crate he has slept i was thinking of putting some furniture jsut wide enough for him to have enough room to lay in a corner or something.
     
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    Get him a crate, make it a kid-free zone in a quiet area of the house. Leave the door open so he can go in whenever he feels overwhelmed. Dogs need to get away to their own "room" too sometimes.
     

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