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Little Boy and His Dog

Video:  Little Boy and His Dog

A two year old boy and his dog Toby spend the day together, being friends. It’s an amazing little video that highlights the bond between a boy and his dog.

This is a great a video.  Touches everyone’s heart, especially if you had a dog when you were younger.  But in reality, not all pet and child relationships work out this well.  Each story is different.  Not to be the wet blanket, but in general:

Dogs and Children (the other side of the coin)

Young children and dogs should never be left alone and unattended even for a moment. Young children generally do not have proper dog etiquette and dogs do not understand a child’s behavior. This can result in tragedy with any breed of dog. And many breeds are not recommended for homes with young children. Many breed’s and dog behavior can result in conflicts with small children. Small dogs are generally not good with children because children are too rough, too loud and too fast moving for them. But each dog and child relationship should be considered individually.  Remember the little boy and dog in this video are being supervised.  After all someone is filming…

It is great for a child to grow up with a pet, but always with supervision.  And unless you already have the pet when your child is born, it is better to wait until your child is old enough and calmer so they can relate to the needs of the pet and help take care of them. There are always exceptions to every rule.  Some breeds and individual dogs are extremely patient and great with kids… even young ones, like the one on this video.  And some kids love pets and have the perfect demeanor even at a young age.  Generally, however, it is better when the dogs are out of the puppy stage, so you are not dealing with 2 babies, and even better when the child is a bit older.

If you know your child has a tendency to be unkind or troubled… do not get them a pet; get them a psychologist! Let us remember that animals are live creatures and not toys or possessions.

And every parent needs to understand that somewhere along the way, your child is going to get nipped or scratched.  It is part of growing up with a pet.  Don’t over react!  A pet should be part of the family and no family member is perfect!

Kind of two opposite perspectives here…  But always better to be realistic!

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June 27, 2011 - Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , , , ,

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