Big Scary Dog

Yesterday we went to meet the newest member of our family. He’s small a furry and a mix of yorkie and havanese. After meeting him it was 100% yes. He’s docile, doesn’t seem to bark, and he’s sweet and gentle. He likes to chew though. This comes standard in puppies I hear.

Most people get a dog before kids for practice. My decision was based on Elijah being potty trained and right about now I’m wishing fo another baby to love. That isn’t going to happen ever again, so that is how we came to a long planned decision to get a dog.

Those reasons and that I’m two years cancer free and feel like I’ll be around to see the little pup grow up. I can commit to him.

Charis has also been begging for months now.

Here’s the most challenging part of having cute little cuddly friend.

The two youngest are totally afraid of him. I’m not kidding you. It seems ridiculous, but it’s true.

You can see them climbing up the couch in fear of the beast.

Any suggestions would be great!

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4 thoughts on “Big Scary Dog

  1. Alison says:

    I’d just tell them that they can wait until they’re ready to make friends with the pup, but until then I just wouldn’t make an issue of it. They will see how the rest of you interact with the pup and will probably want to be part of it sooner or later. I’d guess if you don’t push them, or even really talk about it…just ignore it, they will come around. Don’t feed into their fear by making it the focus. Good luck, Jen!

  2. Michele R. says:

    Maybe they’re scared because the dog is so little, like being afraid of mice. What do they think the dog will do to them?

    If you think it will help, you can bring them over and introduce them to our dog. Most kids are scared of our dog. He wouldn’t hurt anyone, but because he thinks he has to lick everyone that comes through the door people are often surprised by the 65-pound, excitable, “thinks he still is a puppy”, rambunctious beast that practically knocks them over. Once we calm him down enough the kids can play with him. Once kids start playing with him, they usually stop being afraid of him. When faced with a big, rambunctious dog, they might just see their dog as not-so-scary anymore.

  3. DAWN says:

    I would say make sure you also train the dog to be social with the kids. I encourage a good puppy training class, that the kids can participate in. I know of a great training class and instructor in the Lansing area, or even Eaton Rapids. So I know it will take much patience. Also another suggestion is to have the kids feed the puppy a few pieces of food at a time. Make it a training session so that the dog also knows he/she can trust them. Remind them not to take food from the dog or play around the food bowl and not to just feed him/her their food. Start this habit from the start. Hope this helps.

  4. Kerri says:

    Oh, how cute! So, what is his name? How long have you had him? Are they showing any signs of warming up to him?

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