Children are simply mini-adults – however – we can forgive our puppy for miss-understanding this, if he has not been taught from an early age. It is essential that he understands that he has had good experiences with children of all ages – young and older.
Your dog may get distracted when around a baby as they cry, make strange noises and move around by crawling. A toddler will run around a lot, slam doors and shout. All this is strange behavior to a puppy and could be unnerving as they may have just been used to adults – who are calm and predictable compared to children.
You should therefore, set up a scenario where children can meet your puppy both in the home environment and outside – to ensure all experiences are good. Always be aware when puppies and children are in the same vicinity and watch both carefully for safety. Puppies and children can both be unpredictably. Dogs and children have different ideas on how to play some games and things could get a little out of hand.
Be sure to allow your child to reward your puppy for good behavior and following your ground rules. If you are giving the dog a treat then watch that the dog does not jump up uncontrollably in the excitement or that the child does not tease the dog.
Choose calm games for the puppy and child to play so thing do not get out of hand. Games that do not involve a lot of running around are safer so instead of calm game of hiding the toy are more suitable. When the child is stroking your puppy be sure that the child is kind and gentle and that the dog is enjoying the experience. Taking your dog out for a walk is a great idea as they will both like each other's company and at the same time have other things to absorb their interest.