Anyone who has seen a picture with a baby and a puppy knows that is way cuter than a baby and a cat or any other pet. There is something about the two that connects with our hearts and has a huge “aww” factor. But for real life dog and baby owners, there is a whole set of concerns and problems that have to be dealt with. The health of both is critical to the health of each other. Then there are the potential behavioral problems of the dog interacting with the baby. All of this requires a closer look. The items on this list are in no particular order because every baby-dog interaction will be different.
1. Learn to be patient with the introduction
This is probably the most important item on the list. As much as we would like our dogs to understand what we are saying, they don’t. The same goes for babies. You are dealing with two entirely different forms of communication – the look. Babies are trying to figure out what you mean. Dogs are interpreting what you mean by your body language. Putting those two forms of communication together in a room and letting them have at it is definitely an exercise in patience. There is no need to have high personal expectations on this one. Some things just take time, and they will let you know when they’re ready.