To be blunt - any child needs to be supervised when they are around pets. Babies and toddlers are not in control of their motor skills. Our pets don’t like something that just moves without control and heads right for them. In some cases, the pet will move away. It’s up to you, the parent to be sure the child doesn’t chase the pet around (that will only cause stress and the child could be bitten or scratched).
Supervision is an active process. You need to be not only aware of where your child is, but where the pet is and what body language is your pet saying to you? For example, ears back, panting and or licking is a sign of stress in dogs and they are not happy. Supervision is not scrolling through social media on your phone with the dog and baby on the floor. It only takes a moment for an accident to happen.
FamilyPaws.com is a great resource for new parents and for parents of toddlers with dogs. They have a wonderful webinar on the details of what proper supervision is. The webinar is about 30 minutes and it is time well spent. Click here to watch their webinar: http://familypaws.co … egory/uncategorized/. I hope you enjoy it!
Remember folks, you are the one to enforce the agency of your pet when it comes to either kids or people in general invading their space.