Dogs are a popular part of many families’ lives but they don’t intuitively understand babies and children. Introducing your dog to your new baby will be a gradual process requiring patience and consistency but it will be well worth it.
Introducing a new dog to the household should also be done carefully - for more information, see the RSPCA.
- Never leave a baby or child and dog together unsupervised (no matter how well you know the dog and trust him or her).
- As your child grows up you will have to continue to supervise interactions with your dog since many attacks occur against children that do not realise that they are irritating or threatening animals.
- Ensure your dog is properly prepared for the arrival of the baby and will obey commands such as sit, stay, drop and come.