Kids and Dogs Living in Harmony
Safety tips for parents of babies and young children living with dogs
Resources are available to assist parents in keeping a safe environment for their dogs and kids. Websites such as The American Veterinary Medical Association and The American Humane Association can provide useful information.
Other helpful resources include the books Good Owners, Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor, and Child-Proofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Your veterinarian may also provide you with advice on safety concerns.
Dogs add richness, fascination, and joy to the lives of humans, both children and adults. Research shows that children that grow up with a pet can gain important skills such as empathy and responsibility. With knowledge, patience and extra vigilance, it is very likely that all of your babies, both human and canine, will live in harmony in your home.
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