Recommended Dogs and Kids

I recently assisted in a case where the family pug was snapping at the baby. The owners had no idea why their nice little dog was snapping at the face and hands of their infant. In the video they provided, the dog's pugified communication signals were clear. He was actually extremely tolerant, but when the baby wouldn't go away the pug upped his ante and snapped. Believe me, the baby was put away immediately when he was on the receiving end of a pug attack! Anyway, we played the video in slow-mo to show the owners the clear signals the dog was giving the baby to stay away. Behaviors ranged from leaning away from the child when he came near, lip licking, ears dropping when baby touched him, bulging eyes when the baby pulled his tail. I know, hard to believe a pug's eyes can bulge more than normal, but they totally can! It wasn't until the baby started climbing on the pug that he delivered an extremely inhibited pug snap.

In a different case, the baby was about to pop any day and the owners wanted to know what to do to prevent their little lap dog from leaving paw prints on the babies face when put on the floor. You'd be amazed by the easy and simple things you can do to teach a dog not to bother an infant.

Below are several products I recommend to prevent problems between a baby and dog.

Click here for child educational aids. These fun products will teach your child how to safely interact with a dog.

Featured dogs and kids

  • Dogs, Cats and Kids. Learning To Be Safe With Animals

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  • Helping Fido Welcome Your Baby

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  • Preparing Fido for Baby CD

    When and if I have a baby, I'll definitely be getting this CD. Since a fearful dog can easily harm a baby, I recommend clients take every step to prevent a horrible accident. Getting your dog used to these types of sounds before baby arrives is key.

    Find more products to help introduce your dog to baby under Recommendations for Dogs and Kids.

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  • Raising Puppies & Kids Together: A Guide for Parents

    Whether you have kids or not, it doesn't matter. This book is what you need to get you and your puppy through the most difficult years when he or she doesn't know anything. The book is broken up into 5 sections:

    1. Discusses important issues you should consider before getting a puppy.
    2. Describes puppy socialization, house training, behavior, and basic training.
    3. Introduces appropriate ways you, children, and other puppies should interact and play with your dog or puppy.
    4. Is all about coping with the juvenile dog and how to prevent problem behaviors.
    5. The authors write about an important topic for a dog of any age, preparation for a new baby.

    Even if you've raised a thousand dogs (or kids), I guarantee you'll learn something from this book.

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  • Sound Sensabilities™ Children CD

    In my bio I wrote about Scarlett's sound sensitivity to just about everything. Turns out the sound of children is one of the noises that sent her to a fearful state. In a way, it makes sense. Children can be terrifying to a dog that has no positive socialization experience with them! They scream, squeal, and giggle differently from adults. They are a totally different life form. This CD has helped Scarlett tremendously. We can walk in the park next to the playground containing dozens of kids without eliciting a fearful response. She just prances on by!

    Find more products to help desensitize your dog to children under Recommendations for Dogs and Kids.

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