As any close relative will tell you, raising a youngster isn’t meant to be simple, and it’s something that takes a lot of effort, tolerance, and love to get right. The same can be said for bringing a dog into your household, so when you’re trying to do both at the same time, it can turn into quite the challenge. Introducing a new dog to your toddler requires a bit of dedication to make sure things run smoothly, but if you’re willing to put in the work, your toddler and your new dog will make fast friends.
The choice to bring a dog into your home should never be made without due consideration, but this goes double when there’s a inquisitive toddler jumping around the house. So when choosing a new furry friend, make sure you take into account all of the troubles that you will surly face. The two most important things to consider are the size and personality of your new pup. Generally speaking, the larger the dog is, the harder it will be to manage him around your child. Big dogs can often bang your toddler around without even realizing it, so it may be best to pick a small- or medium-sized dog for your toddler to play with. On a related note, you also should choose a dog that doesn’t get too excited or destructive. Preferably, you want a calmer, less nippy dog that your toddler will be able to live with peacefully.
Assuming you’ve picked out your new dog, there are a few of preparatory things you need to take before introducing him to your toddler. First off, you need to make sure your house is puppy-proofed before you bring your new canine home. This means clearing your house of any sharp edges or dangerous products and chemicals hanging around. After you’ve brought your new pup into your puppy-proofed home, let him get used to his surroundings for a few days before introducing him to your child. Your dog will automatically be excited and nervous about his new home, so let him burn off a bit of steam before introducing a curious toddler into the situation. As always, make sure that you purchase a new pet id tag for your new puppy!