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Are Dobermans safe around babies?

Hey everyone, I'm expecting my first child soon and my partner and I have a Doberman. We love our pup and he is well-trained, but I'm worried about the safety of having him around a newborn. Do Dobermans generally do well around babies? Should we take any extra precautions or training before the baby arrives? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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elisabeth.walsh

Hi there! I have a Doberman and a 9-month-old baby. Before the arrival of the baby, we took our dog to obedience classes and made sure he was comfortable being around children. When the baby arrived, we made sure to always supervise interactions between our dog and the baby. Our Doberman has been great with the baby and has even become somewhat of a protector. However, we still make sure to be cautious and not leave them unsupervised together. Overall, it's been a positive experience for us, but I would still recommend taking the necessary precautions and training before introducing your pup to your baby.

cruickshank.levi

Hello all! I just wanted to add my two cents to this conversation. I have a friend who has a Doberman and recently had a baby. Unfortunately, their dog did not react well to the baby and became aggressive towards the child. They had to give up their beloved pet because they could not guarantee the safety of their child.

While I don't mean to scare anyone, I just want to emphasize the importance of being cautious when introducing a baby to a dog, especially a breed like a Doberman that can be very protective. It's great to see that some of you have had positive experiences, but always be mindful of your individual dog's temperament and behavior around children. There's no harm in being overly cautious when it comes to the safety of your child.

liana.rutherford

Hi guys! My husband and I have a 1-year-old baby and a Doberman, and they get along great. We made sure to socialize our dog with children before we had a baby and continue to supervise their interactions. However, we did notice that our Doberman can get overly excited around the baby, so we taught him to "leave it" when it comes to the baby's toys or any food the baby may drop from a high chair. We also put up baby gates to keep them in separate areas when we need to take our eyes off them briefly.

Overall, our Doberman has been wonderful with our baby and we wouldn't trade him for the world. But as others have said, it's important to be mindful of your dog's individual behavior and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your child. Good luck to all the new parents out there!

maverick36

Hello everyone! I'm a vet and a Doberman owner, and I would say that it really depends on the individual dog. Every dog is different, and behavior can be influenced by factors such as past experiences and training.

That being said, Dobermans are generally not recommended as a breed for families with young children, as they can be very protective and have a lot of energy. If you are expecting a baby, I would definitely recommend seeking out a professional trainer to help socialize your dog and prepare them for the baby's arrival.

It's also important to always supervise interactions between your dog and baby, and to provide a safe and comfortable space for your dog to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed or stressed. Again, every dog is different, but if you're considering getting a Doberman or have one already and are expecting a baby, it's important to take extra precautions and seek out professional help if needed.

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