I have two dogs right now, a 1-year-old 70-pound male German Shepherd/Border Collie mix and a 40-pound 2-year-old female mutt. We don't know what she is exactly, but most people say Beagle seems to be the dominant breed. As a puppy her fur color looked like she could have some German Shepherd in her somewhere but it has changed a bit as she has grown.
I have a baby due at the end of May and I have been worried sick about how to protect the baby from the dogs. I am not too worried about the 70-pound male's reaction as he has always been good around children, is more obedient, and is less excitable than the other dog. I am very worried about the female dog, however. She seems to have a strong prey drive (she's killed plenty of birds and chases after cats and rabbits) and frequently lunges and nips at my friend's 4-year-old son. She will be perfectly okay with him for a while, then suddenly she'll crouch down, run to him, try to nip, then back away. I have always managed to grab her before she could reach him, but she'll keep trying to go back. After two get-togethers where this happened, I now lock her up when kids are over. She also started doing this to my neighbor's 18-month-old when she started walking. After one instance of her lunging towards the baby, I no longer let the dog near her.
She is also terrified of the older neighborhood chilldren and will tuck her tail between her legs and run from them, ignoring all my commands to stop. She also jumps up on me and other people despite trying to train her to stop. The training worked for our other dog, but she is just too excitable. Even professional dog classes have not helped.
In light of all this, I have zero confidence that she will not try to bite or even kill the baby as soon as we give her half a chance.
As with most critically important issues, my husband wants to take a wait-and-see approach. He is okay with looking up some general tips on dogs and babies but I don't think he sees it as a real problem, particularly after seeing how well my SIL's dog gets along with her infant. I think he thinks I'm overreacting. Does anyone have any advice other than getting rid of the dog (my husband would never go for this until the baby is actually maimed :( )? My plan is to keep her in the backyard while my husband is at work and only let her back inside when he is around (he would feel guilty keeping her outside). I'd never let either dog around the baby unsupervised, of course, but my female dog has proven herself to be difficult and dangerous around children even when leashed and directly supervised.
Has anyone had experience with dogs and babies before? Or experience with husbands who can't see the danger?