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    Default Big dogs and pregnancy

    I am wanting to Foster a Malamute which will help him out till he gets a permanent home and benefit me to help me gain more points of entry to my Vet nursing course by experience which is what they have told me to do and get me out walking. (And yes I ahve owned a mal before know what im getting into etc etc) But now that im pregnant how did people handle their dogs they owned did they have the muscle to hold them or did you struggle. i'd love to be able to spend over an hour each day at the park with him as this would benefit the both of us, but dont want to have my arm ripped off as he is a 51kg+ mal yes a big boy

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    I don't have any advice or experience, but subscribing because DP and I want to get a Newfoundland

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    I didn't have any issues with our greyhound. Mind you he was the laziest fur ball I have ever known. He didn't pull, just walked beside me.

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    Training is the best way. Take them to obedience class.

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    yeah but its only short term fostering, and im fairly good on training myself, tho training a 3yo Mal male... woo should be fun

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    Fostering is a good idea, but I wouldn't do it during pregnancy, especially if you haven't done it before.

    As you know, mals need daily physical exercise and mental exercise in the forms of walking, off leash running {in your yard, not in public} and training. If you're sick, suffering from fatigue, have medical issues that require bed rest, or just have swollen aching feet, a headache, backache or cramps....you won't be able to fufill your duties towards the dog.

    This is especially if it's a rescue dog that you're fostering before it's adopted out, as you will need to really be on call to correct inappropriate behaviour 24/7, and report how the dog walks on lead, responds to training and how it goes with basic human interaction.

    I personally have experience with this, I helped out at a friend's house during the last months of my pregnancy, she owns three Irish Wolfhounds and a Great Dane. The last Wolfhound was a 10 week old pup that we were doing socialisation in the fear period with, I was the tester for pregnant women, and the pup was suspicious and fearful of my belly.
    So the pup was around me as much as possible and I took over the feeding, exercise and training of the pup and the adult dogs, to integrate myself into the dog's group as a positive experience for the pup.
    I was very fit during the pregnancy and already experienced in handling extra large dogs, plus the adult dogs were already used to obeying me.
    However, it was harder being pregnant and doing it. Thankfully I didn't have to bend down to pat them or correct with the leash or I'd have surely done my back in for good, but as it was my back hurt a lot went I finally went home.

    Just the daily long walking, bending to feed, on my feet getting them outside for toilet breaks, inside to their crates, outside again in an hour for the puppy...it wore me out.

    I personally don't recommend it unless you have a partner who can really help out with the dog.

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    I have 2 boxer dogs and had no trouble walking them when preg and that was with 2 other kids in the pram and they pull and carry on a bit. There was some days I didn't have the energy of time up from the sick bowl to take them out but they don't mind a bit of lazing around either lol. I think it's great your helping a rescue , check out dogzonline too if you haven't already ,they have info on the malamute club here and meet ups they have if your not already a member

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    yeah well the thing is i feel very up to it and never been sick unless it was because I was hungry but that was all in earlier days. I have contacted Husky WA who is who is holding him but just waiting to hear back from them.

    thank you for the advice, will see how I go I guess. If im not capable some days which i doubt, I have 2 house mates and DP who will help too, will also be good for him to experience this breed as he hasnt like I have and he wants one for our house when we buy

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    I would do it , I foster a lot and if you have experience with the breed you know what to expect.

    Maybe use a halti for walks until you know him well

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