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Is getting a puppy when you have a toddler dumb?

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Do you consider it dumb and/or dangerous to get a puppy when you have a 12 month old?

Why or why not?

We are getting a puppy for Christmas and have a 12 month old. Some people are saying its so irresponsible and dangerous getting one when the baby is so young. Thoughts?
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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by Blessed be on Nov. 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I think depending on you and the rest of the family, it can be overwhelming. Are you ready to train a puppy and teach your child how to behave with the dog? Are you ready to be up every 2-3 hrs taking the puppy outside? Because a puppy does not have the bladder control to hold it for 5+ hrs. Especially if you choose a small breed pup.

by Anonymous 7 on Nov. 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM
Yes it's dumb.
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Really? Then why do you need the opinion of a bunch of random chicks on CM to know if it's "dangerous" or not?

Quoting Anonymous:

Thanks for all your info. I actually have owned pyrs before:-)

Quoting SalmonBerry87:

I don't see the problem AS LONG as you are familiar with the breed and careful with supervised playtime, there shouldn't be an issue.

GP's are known for developing food aggression, that's the only problem I could see. My sister's started getting that way so when it was mealtime, every member of their family had to hold his bowl and feed him a few bites by hand before they set it down so he could eat. Worked for them. The 7 year old GP we just adopted is not food aggressive at all with people but she does get a little possesive when it comes to our other dogs.

Another issue is that they go through the terrible 2s. Some start to get people aggressive toward strangers/visitors around that age if they aren't socialized properly. They are guardian dogs as I'm sure you know, so protectiveness is in their nature, it just has to be pointed in the right direction.

Oh! GP's also have special dietary requrements. They can't have a food with a protein content of more than 24% I believe. And the amount of fat has to be around 10% I think. They have slow metabolisms. Also- Hip Displaysia is VERY prominent in this breed. Mine has it. Also the thing is with big dogs, their life span is naturally shorter. Just something to think about.

Personally I hate raising puppies and prefer adopting adult dogs who need a home. But that's just me.
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by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I think it sounds like a pain, but we had a kitten when my sons were toddlers. Tbh though my SIL got a puppy when her son was under a year old, and we all thought it was stupid. Mostly because we know how she is, and the only reason she got the dog was because MIL/FIL got two puppies right before. Sure enough SIL had her dog maybe a month before rehoming him.
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