Since my granddaughter was born she has been exposed to dogs. Having a cage-less dog boarding business meant special considerations to protect her. Even the most timid and shy dog can quickly harm a child. At no time should a child ever be left unattended with a dog. I’ve even heard stories of small 6 pound dogs attacking a child requiring stitches.
Dogs are pack animals and even though they can be very protective over children and human families they can quickly react to sudden movement, tail pulling or toy stealing. My granddaughter Mia is older now and has learned to respect the boundaries of all animals, however when she was very young she would pick up dog toys, put them in her mouth, pick up old dog treats and try to eat them. One of her favorite things to do was to crawl up into a dog bed and take a nap. I always supervise her around dogs.
It’s best for dogs to have their own area for times when they can not be supervised. Here at the farm each dog has his own area and room mates. We may move them to other areas for the day, take them out to play, however they are returned to their area at night. If you have children its best not to allow the dog to freely roam the house unless they are supervised.
Dogs can be unpredictable. A dog is capable of killing a child and there are countless cases proving this. Even though most of us consider dogs family members it’s best to stay safe. Teach children how to properly pet a dog and what areas to avoid. Teach them to respect the dogs food and toys. Your family dog should bond easily with every member of the family and not show any signs of jealousy or being over protective.