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Take one kid. Add one dog. Stir. Stand back and watch the fun begin. Of course, some cautions apply. A dog can be the perfect child’s companion — but it depends on the dog and how you teach both dog and child to interact. So what makes a dog a good kids' dog?
When introducing a dog to a baby, it’s tempting to be overly protective. But trying to hide your baby from your dog or holding it overhead out of his reach will only pique his curiosity and perhaps cause him to jump up or sneak into the baby's room to see what this creature is. You want him to meet the baby on your terms. Let them meet through a play pen or exercise pen at first. Lavish attention on your dog when the baby is in the room. Have your dog sit and then give him a treat. Continue as you move closer to the baby.
Don't shut your dog away because a new baby has arrived. Your dog may have been your baby until you brought this new hairless baby home. If you suddenly ignore your dog to dote upon the little interloper, especially if you further add to the injustice by hustling your dog out of the room just because the new darling is in there, you’re creating a recipe for a big case of jealousy. Instead, always make a fuss over the dog when the baby is around so the dog will associate the baby with good things.
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