The only problem with a basket muzzle in this case, in my opinion, is that the child could quite easily stick her fingers through it - and a curious nip is still a nip. Or, with the way it sounds like your brother is being, even a little touch with a tooth will be considered a bite.
Ino wrote:The reason I am leaning towards the muzzle, is I do want to be able to see how he is towards the baby.
And this is the source of my concern - if he is uncomfortable with the baby the muzzle may cause more problems, not less. A dog's primary source of protection (after the ability to escape of course) is its teeth. Now, don't get me wrong here, I am not
saying that Ino would bite your niece but
when you muzzle him you are now effectively removing the possibility - which could make him more defensive and therefore he may act out of character. Do you know what I mean? Imagine if you were handcuffed and then put in an awkward social situation, you would probably act differently than if your hands were free, not because you're anticipating getting in a fight, but because it's just not comfortable
Ino wrote:I see dogs being rehomed on sites like craigslist all the time because the people are having a baby and the dog doesnt like kids
I personally feel this is a horrible cop out on the part of the owners. Even dogs who don't like kids can be managed, and though there are
exceptions of course, I do not believe for one minute that the vast majority of cases could not be worked out with some effort.
Ino wrote:I am not sure if I worded that right- I wouldnt have kids and get rid of him but I would like to be able to have a child if the time comes rather than telling my partner I cant because my dog doesnt like them.
I appreciate that honesty. I think it's an important consideration, however, I don't think that this is the best of circumstances to see how your dog is with children. Your brother already dislikes your dog, simply because Ino happens to breath
, not for any other reason. 24/48 or even 72 hours of interaction with a child is not a true evaluation of Ino's temperament with children, so it's not going to give you a "real" idea anyway. If you decide to have children in the future, there are many many ways that you will be able to avail to get Ino used to haveing a child in the house with him.
Ino wrote:I am not trying to disagree with the crate method, just trying to figure out how it would work for that length of time (24+ hrs)
I would do this:
1 - Look around the training section for some threads on how to get your dog used to extended crate time. Start now so that he's used to being in the crate when you're home. There is lots of useful advice on that topic (none if it by me!
2 - exercise the heck out of him for the two or three days ahead of your brother getting to your house
3 - get a gi-normous raw meaty bone for him to have in his crate in your bedroom to keep him busy
4 - schedule at least 30 minutes twice a day for heavy exercise while your brother is there
5 - work on his basic obedience every day until your brother gets here. sits and downs should be rock solid
, they will be your absolute best friend in calm, controlled introductions
And here's the thing, though it doesn't sound "nice" even if he has to be crated for every minute of your brother's visit, he won't be any worse for the wear. I promise.