Ok, so this post might get CPS called on me, but I’m going to risk it. We have lost a few people from our class after having babies, and understandably so. Dog treats are not generally manufactured to human consumption standards, and may carry nasties like salmonella to which dogs are not generally susceptible. Thus, extra care is necessary when handling treats and a baby.
Our mini-schnauzer, Milo, has been in training since shortly after we got him. We keep him in class to keep him occupied and for socialization — Schnauzers are very smart and require something to occupy their minds. If you do that, they are fantastic dogs. In the more advanced classes, they learn how to delay gratification, which is wonderful when doing things like eat dinner.
Milo’s class meets on Monday nights at 9 pm. So, this Monday we bundled up the baby — at 5 days old — and took him to class with Milo. Something to understand about this class — all three of the dogs that are currently enrolled have been in the class at least 6 months. The dogs are off-leash and expected to respond to commands from a long distance and for extended periods of time. They are incredibly well behaved.
Class went very smoothly, in spite of a feeding and two diaper changes. We took our Uppababy Vista along with the pram attached, and kept Connor there for the majority of the class. It did become abundantly clear that Milo needed the time for things to be, as much as possible, about him!
Milo has been fantastic with Connor. He attempts to calm Connor when he is crying by licking the top of his head, and wants to great him when we get home from the store. He has been very understanding when Mel is nursing and when we are changing diapers… in fact, he likes to supervise! When we got to class, however, he went a bit nuts. He spent a lot of time running around the store and not listening (which may partially have been the result of the rain that we have had, meaning he got less time outside to play). Dogs don’t deal well with change, so we see continuing his training as a constant which will help him to cope with the changes in his life. It takes a bit more work to continue the training with a baby, but we think it is worth the effort and will help Connor and Milo to become the best of friends!