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Babies and dogs…what could be sweeter?

We already know that having a dog increases our enjoyment and quality of life but a family dog can be beneficial for children and babies as well.

A dog can provide hours of play and enjoyment for your little one.  The interaction between the duo can also be quite entertaining for us.

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Owning a dog teaches a child responsibility. Being taught to care for a puppy teaches a child to be caring and generous.

Children who grow up with a dog friend tend to have higher self-esteem.

In addition, research has shown that children have fewer allergies and colds when exposed to a dog in their first year and overall tend to be healthier.

It is important to note that the family dog should be acclimated to a child/baby and should have appropriate training on how to act around a little one.

Supervision of dog and baby playtime is required just in case your normally tolerant dog becomes a little upset when her fur is inadvertently pulled too hard by a playful baby or if the dog gets overly playful with your little one.

The interaction between canines and human babies/toddlers in the video below is amusing.

It is heartwarming to see puppy and baby asleep together in a rocker looking so content. The laughter of a baby/child in response to a dog’s antics is contagious.

The dogs don’t seem to have a care in the world and are very tolerant of the babies pulling on them and even biting their ears!

The taste of a dog’s ear must not have been good as the expression on her face is priceless.

Some of the dogs have a little something to say in response to his human’s voice.

The video below captures precious moments..both sweet and playful…of kids and canine companions. Enjoy!

 

Video credit:  KiKi via YouTube

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