Jul
17

All About Pets and Kids

Kids and pets often become a heady cocktail and are great partners in crime! Dogs can be wonderful teachers, playmates and friends to children, teaching them responsibility, respect, patience and more.

It’s no wonder your tot is tailing the family fur balls. After all, what small child could resist a life-sized stuffed toy that doesn’t just sit there but actually bounds around and barks (or pads around and purrs)? The trouble is, of course, while you can understand what’s motivating your toddler to chase the dog and cat, unless you’ve got Dr. Dolittle’s talent for talking to the animals, there’s no way you can explain to them why that annoying pint-sized person keeps yanking at their fur and poking at their eyes. If Spot growls and bares his teeth and Kitty hisses and shows her claws, you can hardly blame them.

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That being the case, it’s going to take a combination of vigilance on your part and some lessons on basic pet-safety rules to keep your tot from getting nipped or scratched. Here are some keys to a peaceful (and safe) kingdom of pets and kids:

Remember the first rule for pets and kids: Never ever leave a toddler alone with a dog or cat, no matter how sweet and gentle the animal is.

Divide the pets and kid(s). Use a baby gate to keep your dog out of whatever room your child is in. Better yet, crate your canine when you need to create some distance between him and your child. Not only is this an effective way to separate the two of them, your pup will probably appreciate it: If he’s stressed out from being chased around, his crate will feel like a safe haven.

Read more:  https://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/ask-heidi/pets-and-kids.aspx

 

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