One of the most common reasons pets are abandoned at shelters is a new baby entering the house. This is especially true of larger dogs; people fear they pose a threat to small children. While it would be irresponsible to say there is no danger in having a pet and a baby together, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your new baby and your dog grow up to be the best of friends.
This video shows how one family made the first introductions. Watch as Mom cautions their two-year-old boxer, Scout, to be "gentle, gentle." Her new baby sister is fast asleep in her crib, and Scout is scuttling around, trying to get a look at the new human in the house.
Mom does exactly the right thing as she lifts the baby out of the crib. Talking to Scout all the while, she sits slowly down with the infant and beckons the dog to come closer. Reminding Scout to be gentle, she brings the baby's head to her snout, so that the boxer knows who she's dealing with. This is repeated several times, with the baby being pulled back slowly when Scout seems to be getting excited.
When handled in the proper manner, large dogs and new babies can coexist not only peacefully, but happily. More importantly than that, they can coexist safely. Have you had a similar experience in your family? Share it in the comments, and share this on Facebook if you found it to be as adorable and informative as we did!