You said that you share a beach house, well to me that means they are going to meet sometime. It would be better thast they meet on your terms. I would slowly introduce them to each other. Most likely the dog will be a little excited but you will be incontrol. Let the dog check the baby out sniffing etc. I truely believe if you do it this manner the dog will become the baby's best friend and be protective. What I mean by that is he the dog will be able to alert you or mommy that the child is in trouble (getting into things, etc).