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I guess its time to add my comments here. We also have a puppy..she is 12 weeks old and was born and raised here in our house/yard. It is possible to successfully raise pups with other dogs and or babies in the household, with some rules and a lot of attention. One of our rules is that the pup never goes outside without a drag line or harness and leash and a human close by, and the other dogs are very rarely allowed in the yard at the same time, and only for brief moments. In the house, Goldie is separated from the other dogs and from most of the house by combinations of cloth and wire xpens or closed doors with human companion. She is allowed in one room with humans and other dogs..but the other dogs are restricted to lying on the sofa. After many years with dobes, one very strict rule we have is to never chase the dog...lure and run away or distract is the only option. But, in addition, we are completely fenced, have dog runs, and live far from vehicular traffic. Whether or not you can successfully raise your dobe pup and a human baby totally depends on how you set up your time and space. If you find that you are getting irritable and depressed, it should give you a powerful message. Even with our arrangements, I need a time out for myself, and I still find myself irritable and annoyed when Goldie starts chewing on my shoelaces. She has tons of great toys...but a little hot sauce works great on the laces. We make every effort to distract rather than to correct. Look for something that your pup really loves as a treat...there must be something she can't resist...chicken breast or the Round Barn type salami style dog food found at feed stores, or ?. You are probably right about lack of early socialization, so that will require even more work to overcome, but if this is something really important to you, it can be done and there are people here who have lots of experience that will be willing to help. Raising a pup to be a good citizen is a huge task, even without a new baby....I'm certain that is the major concern of the folks on the forum.