Seeing these two together like this makes my heart melt. I think I’ve seen so many photos like these and always hoped that one day our dogs and children would have a close bond and love each other as much as we love them.
While I was pregnant I read articles about bringing home your baby and introducing them to your beloved fur babies. I’ve heard of many stories where children have been hurt by dogs which makes me so angry and sad in the same breathe.
Firstly why was no one supervising them together? Both children and dogs need to understand and respect each other’s space. Parents need to teach baby not to pull their beloved fur babies coat and to correct the behaviour when it happens. You also need to be able to reassure your beloved dog that your little one is only just learning to be a little more tolerant and correct any untoward behaviour immediately. If our little girl tugged at my Yorkies coat our Yorkie would either turn around quite quickly to see who was inflicting pain or making her feel uncomfortable or she would run out of the room. The same goes for meal times. The dogs needs to keep their distance and baby needs to stay away from the dogs food and bowls when they are eating.
When we first brought our little girl home my Yorkie was so happy to have her mama home again but now there was a little person that was taking all mommies attention away from her. I don’t think she was too impressed to begi with but slowly started sniffing our her new little sister. That soon changed to sleeping beside her when she slept. Heaven forbid our little girl poop or fart. 😜😂 Missie would run a mile and quite disgusted too that this little person just pooped and stinks too. Lol. Then we entered the next phase, our little girl was beginning to move her arms and legs and Missie just wasn’t having any of it. She just wasn’t interested in being any where near those little hands that would grasp a handful of fur or be kicked accidentally by moving feet so stayed just an inch away at all times, unless baby cried. Then it was either sniffing out of concern or leaving the room. Which made me laugh.
When our little girl was able to understand a bit more I would start explaining and showing her how to pet the dogs and correcting her if she pinched or pulled their fur. I think constant perseverance and patience of showing our little girl how to pet our dogs and where to pet them as well as gentle correction when she pulled and then reassuring our dog that it was a mistake and we were sorry, giving her a good rub or pat and making sure she was okay has paid off.
The two of them now play together so nicely. Still under my close watchful eye and supervision. All it takes it once fall or one wrong grasp of the ball grabbing a handful of fur along with it could make my Yorkie snap out of self defence. As much as my Yorkie loves toddlers and older children, she also has her limits.
Watching our little girl throw the ball for Missie my Yorkie and missie bring it back to her to throw again is just the sweetest thing ever. It makes my life easier too. They keep each other entertained. I’m not having to split my time with Missie when Mia goes down any more which makes life so much easier and fun.
I always believe that no matter how gentle your dogs are you should always supervise any play and if your dog ever shows any signs of aggression to intervene immediately and get a dog trainer to help correct any issues.