It is undisputed that a dog is a wonderful companion, for adults and for children. It’s almost Christmas and many people want to surprise their children with a dog. Such a great idea but please be careful. If you adopt a dog into your family and have children, make sure that they understand that certain behavior, sounds, and certain movements can trigger an animal’s instinct to attack.
First and foremost let me state that newborns and toddlers should NEVER be left alone with ANY dog. Even if your dog knows the child, is a long-time companion, don’t do it. An infant’s cries and coos sound very much like a small, wounded animal in the canine’s ears. A dog’s instinct can take over to consider this “wounded animal” as a food source, and that’s how bites happen.