Dog Germs and Newborns: Can a Newborn Be Around a Dog?

Navigating the world of parenthood comes with question after question, and one we probably all have is, “Can a newborn be around a dog?” We’ll not only answer this, but also warn you of possible diseases babies can catch from dogs, teach your dog to stay away on command, and how to treat behavioral issues at the root.

We’re also going to go over more about dog germs and newborns, including sanitizing after, how to safely introduce your dog to your new baby, and essential hygiene practices to keep both your newborn and dogs healthy and happy. We’ll even cover if dog hair is bad for newborns. Keep reading below!

Dog Germs and Newborns

Dog Germs and Newborns

When it comes to dog germs and newborns, it’s essential to balance the benefits of pet companionship with the need to protect the baby’s health. While dogs can bring joy and positive development to a family, they can also carry germs that might be harmful to a newborn. Understanding and managing this risk is crucial with dogs and newborn babies.

Dogs and Newborns Health: Limiting Germ Exposure

When managing dogs and newborns health, limiting germ exposure is key. Regular hygiene practices, such as washing hands after handling the dog and keeping the dog clean and well-groomed, can significantly reduce the risk of germ transmission.

Additionally, creating designated dog-free zones, especially where the baby sleeps or eats, can help minimize direct contact and germ spread.

What Diseases Can Babies Get From Dogs?

Babies can potentially get various diseases from dogs, although such instances are rare. These can include bacterial infections like salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, and parasites such as roundworms and giardia.

It’s important to maintain regular veterinary care and hygiene practices for your dog to reduce these risks. Also, supervising interactions between your dog and baby is important to prevent direct transmission of germs.

Dogs With Newborns: Train Dog to Stay Away From Baby

Training your dog to stay away from the baby can be an effective way to manage their interaction:

  1. Start by teaching your dog a ‘stay away’ or ‘leave’ command in a calm and controlled environment. Use a clear and consistent verbal cue.
  2. Introduce an item that represents the baby, like a blanket, and use it to teach your dog to maintain a respectful distance.
  3. When the dog obeys the command, reward them with treats and praise to reinforce the behavior.
  4. Gradually increase the level of distraction and proximity to the baby, always rewarding your dog for maintaining distance and behaving calmly.

While dogs can carry germs that may be harmful to newborns, with proper management and training, risks can be minimized. It’s important to remember, though, that any underlying behavioral issues (curiosity, anxiety, territoriality, etc.) that were causing any of this over-inquisitiveness will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog getting too close to your newborn and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog not listening to commands ever again!

Can a Newborn Be Around a Dog?

Can a Newborn Be Around a Dog?

Newborns and dogs can coexist safely, but it requires very careful management to ensure the health and safety of the baby. You must balance the benefits of the bond between pets and children with the need to protect your newborn from potential risks.

Dog Around Newborn: How to Sanitize After

When you have a dog around newborns, sanitizing and maintaining cleanliness becomes more important. Regularly washing your hands after handling the dog, cleaning the dog’s bedding, toys, and eating area, and ensuring the dog is well-groomed can significantly reduce the risk of germ transmission.

Keeping the areas where the baby spends most of their time clean and dog-free is also advisable.

Should Dogs Be Around Infants?

Dogs can be around infants, but it should be done with caution and under supervision. While the interaction can be beneficial for both the dog and the baby, it’s essential to be vigilant about hygiene and to monitor the dog’s behavior closely.

Dogs should be properly trained to behave gently around infants, and any signs of discomfort or aggression (such as barking at the baby) from the dog should be addressed immediately. Ensure that your dog knows the ‘stay away’ command before making any introductions. You can learn it now in the first section.

How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby Hygienically

Introducing your dog to your baby hygienically involves several steps. Start by gradually acquainting the dog with the baby’s scent, such as through a blanket or clothing item, before the actual introduction.

Ensure that the dog is clean, and its nails are trimmed to avoid accidental scratches. During the first few meetings, keep the dog on a leash and maintain control, allowing them to sniff and observe the baby at a safe distance.

Always supervise their interactions and gradually increase the time they spend together as they both become more comfortable.

In summary, while a newborn can be around a dog, it requires careful management to ensure the baby’s safety and well-being. Prioritizing cleanliness, supervising interactions, and introducing the dog to the baby in a controlled and hygienic manner are key.

Understanding and respecting the needs and limits of both the dog and the newborn will help foster a safe and positive relationship between them.

Is Dog Hair Bad for Newborns?

Is Dog Hair Bad for Newborns?

Dog hair itself isn’t bad for newborns inherently, but it can carry dander, dust, and other allergens that might affect them, especially those with sensitivities or allergies. Understanding how to manage dog hair in your home can help ensure the health and safety of your newborn.

Dog Hair and Newborns: Keeping Things Under Control

When it comes to dog hair and newborns, keeping things under control involves regular cleaning and grooming. Frequent vacuuming of floors and furniture, using air purifiers, and keeping the dog well-groomed can significantly reduce the amount of hair and dander in the environment.

Also, creating dog-free zones, particularly in the baby’s sleeping area, can help minimize the baby’s exposure to dog hair. If your dog doesn’t already know the ‘stay away’ command, it’d also be a good idea to teach them that beforehand. You can learn it now in the first section.

Newborns and Dog Hair: What Breeds Are the Worst?

In the context of newborns and dog hair, some breeds might pose more challenges than others. Breeds that shed heavily or have a lot of danders, like Huskies, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers, can be more problematic.

However, it’s important to note that no breed is completely hypoallergenic. Regular grooming and cleanliness are key, regardless of the breed.

Can Babies Be Allergic to Dog Hair?

Babies can be allergic to dog hair, or more specifically, to the dander, saliva, and urine that cling to the hair. These allergies typically manifest as respiratory issues, skin rashes, or eye irritation. If you notice any allergic symptoms in your baby, such as sneezing, coughing, or redness of the skin, it’s important to consult a pediatrician.

Sometimes, reducing exposure to the dog and maintaining a cleaner environment can manage mild allergies.

In summary, while dog hair itself is not bad for newborns, the allergens it can carry might be a concern for some babies. Regular grooming of your dog and maintaining a clean home environment are essential steps in reducing the risk of allergies or sensitivities in your newborn.

If you suspect your baby may be allergic to dog hair, it’s important to consult with a pediatrician for appropriate advice and care. Creating a balance where both your newborn and pet can coexist safely and healthily is the goal for families with dogs.

I’m sure you’re ready to get started now that you have all of your questions about dogs and newborns answered, so I’ll let you begin. Good luck, and thanks for reading our article “Dog Germs and Newborns: Can a Newborn Be Around a Dog?”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.