Does your dog get along with your baby? This caring Siberian Husky gently plays with the curious seven-month-old baby. It really is very sweet.
Most “normal” dogs—meaning they did not come from a background of abuse or other extreme trauma—can be trained to be gentle around babies. But supervision is a must. While most baby/dog relationships are harmless, dogs need to prove their intentions when they together. Dogs can get jealous, so introduce them gradually, and preferably on neither the baby’s or the dog’s home territory.
A neutral environment to start with is a good idea for many reasons.
Some babies and dogs will just ignore each other at first, but at some point, their curiosity will get the better of them. The dog may play, cuddle, or nudge the baby to get it to roll over, or mouth (playfully gnaw) the baby’s arm to do the same, or pull the blanket covers over the head of the baby. Dogs will investigate all of the baby’s things as well.
These are common things a mother dog does with her pups, so it’s natural to think that this is harmless with human babies.
Dogs are sensitive beings, and they have been proven to recognize health issues and often show nurturing behavior. Some people worry about diseases, but there are almost no diseases that can be passed from a dog to a human, and when it does happen, it’s generally related to neglecting the health care of the baby.