Hope I'm in the right place! DS is 16 months old, and is into everything. He especially loves dogs (barks whenever he sees one) We are going to stay with friends for the weekend in a couple of weeks. They have a beautiful friendly black lab. I'm not going to leave ds alone with the dog, as he doesn't always understand he needs to be gentle. I'm very much aware that ds is coming into her territory, so I was after a few tips to make sure its not stressful for her, and to hopefully make sure that she doesn't mind ds being around. TIA.
You sound very thoughtful and nice! Ask the owners what they think their dog will be like and take it from there. Take baby gates with you so you can keep your ds to perhaps one or two rooms and like you say just don't leave them together. I'm sure someone with some more advice will be along in a minute.
I should say they have met each other before, but only for a couple of hours. Thanks for the advice so far, the article was really interesting. I hadn't considered that side of things before, so will bare that in mind in the future.
nutty re making sure ds doesn't become magnetised... do I need to try and limit his interaction with the dog we are visiting? Just wondering how I can achieve this with both of them wandering around the house
Ask the owners what they think. We have two springers. One loves little children and follows them round, gets distressed if they cry and really just wants to look after them. The other will just ignore small children as to him they are pretty pointless (won't throw toys for him).
Well, tomorrow is the day! I've had a chat to dh about the links below, and he agress they make a lot of sense. We are going to take a stair gate in case we need to keep ds away from the dog to give her some space. Will also be taking lots of toys to distract dd when needed