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Are you thinking about bringing a pet into your family?

Or are you bringing a baby into the household with you and your dog? Then it’s time to listen to this week’s episode of Mom Enough!

 

Maybe your kids are saying, “Please get me a puppy! I promise I’ll take care of it.” Or maybe your dog was your “baby” before you decided to start a family. Either way, there is much to think about as you consider such a big family change. But Kate Anders, owner of Pretty Good Dog and an expert in both dog training and parent education, brings a wealth of information and practical tips to this week’s Mom Enough show. Marti only wishes she’d had Kate’s good advice before she brought a puppy into her family when Erin and her brother were young kids!

 

What has been your experience with household pets? Have you been surprised by the behavior of dogs or young children with each other? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!

 

Note: Stay tuned after this discussion for this month’s brief Relationships that Nurture feature, brought to you by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development. This month’s feature focuses on signs and symptoms of depression in young children – and yes, even young children can be depressed!

 

For the Dogs & Storks® and the Dog & Baby Connection™ programs, click here.

For the Be A Tree™ dog safety and bite prevention program, click here.

For other resources suggested by Kate Anders, click here.

For St. David’s tip sheet on recognizing childhood depression, click here.

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  1. Marcio on June 28, 2012

    It is best that you are an experienced hadlner, preferably with dogs that are strong willed(stubborn) and dominate. If you do not believe you will be able to handle a strong dog or a dog that takes a lot of work to handle then neither of these breeds are right for you. Aside from the mental aspect of these breeds you have to think about exercise, grooming and other care. Make sure you can provide each with the daily exercise they will need. The Akita is a breed that is on the dangerous’ dog list-some insurance companies will not support them and some apartments/rental homes do not allow them. Research each breed and make sure they’re the correct breed for you-then either look for a breed rescue or reputable breeder. I don’t think either breed will be good for you at this point in time. Maybe later on.