We all love adorable instances of doggy baby love: pictures of puppies snuggling babies at nap time, pit bulls standing guard over their little humans, dogs and kids running around outside together – they all warm our hearts.
We want our children and pets to have meaningful, fulfilling relationships, but there are rules involved in establishing and maintaining that sort of bond. Now, we can’t all be experts in animal behavior, and that’s okay. But there are some easy rules for us to follow as adults and that we need to pass on to our kiddos to ensure that all of their current and future animal relationships are safe and happy.
Can your kids cuddle with the dog, and play with her, and love her? They can, and they should. The relationship between kids and their dogs is a beautiful part of childhood, and nothing makes us happier than seeing a healthy bond between our rescue babies and their forever families. Follow these easy rules and your kids will experience it safely.
Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.