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    Although I can understand wanting to protect your new baby, exposing the dog to the baby at a young age is better than keeping them apart then all of a sudden having a toddler yanking on its ears and the dog not being used to them! We had our newborn on one leg with a dogs head on the other leg from only days old, now DS is 2.5 and they are absolutely best friends.

    Also I don't have a dog flap personally but my parents and Aunty have had one for years and years and never had any animal other than the dogs use it, they live rurally too.

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    Thanks @SpicyTurtle I also have a 7yo and a 2yo (that already rolls all over the dog!) She is such a placid pup, just takes it, has never snapped or anything. I let the dog lay beside me on the couch while I am feeding baby so she can smell the bub etc so hopefully wont have any problems with accepting #3 when he is old enough to play

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    I'd let the dog sleep in the laundry. If you take them out for toilet right before bed and first thing in the morning it should be fine!

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    Our dog is strictly outside. She has a kennel and in colder months we buy a cheap doona from kmart (or use our old ones that need replacing). It normally only lasts a week if that because she rips it shreds- hence only getting cheap ones! If its raining or anything like that she gets put in the garage at night. At least then if she does poo or pee, its easy to clean up and doesn't make the rest of the house stink!

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    I didnt think of the garage! Thanks @SheWarrior

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    I'm in the same situation, I have a golden retriever who just turned 1, last winter he sleep inside in the crate but over summer he started sleeping outside and it's worked fine. Now it's getting cold I'm not sure what to do, he's a big chewer :-/

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