This is a question that many young families ask, and for good reason. Introducing a pet into a baby environment demands a lot of thought, as there are a few things to consider. Obviously, you don’t want the baby harmed by the animal and a big dog is capable of unintentionally hurting a baby, but having said that, some families own Great Danes, Alsatians and even Pit Bulls. Dogs, like people, have personalities and if a dog bonds with the family, they would be more of a protector to a baby than a threat.
Existing Family Pet
Should you already have a dog or a cat and are soon to be adding to the family, your pet will naturally accept the baby as part of the family. It might be that you already have one child and therefore, your family pet will already be used to being with tiny people. Of course, it is not a good idea to leave your pet alone in the same room as the baby, at least until you are sure, but in almost all cases of a baby arriving into a family with a pet, the animal bonds to the child. Of course, our pet is an important member of the family and therefore, should have some form of pet insurance to cover vaccinations and emergency treatment.
Care and Attention
If you happen to find yourself in the position of already having a young baby in the house and you want to add to the family unit by finding a pet, then consider maintenance. A high maintenance puppy, for example, might be too much to handle, especially as most of your time is spent looking after the baby. One should never introduce a pet that requires a lot of attention if you have a very young baby, rather some fish or perhaps a cat, as they are incredibly independent.
Forming a Relationship
Whatever your choice of pet, it is important to start out as you mean to go. A puppy, for example, should be trained to know what is and isn’t acceptable and if you don’t have the time, there are dog trainers in every Australian city, who will be happy to help your dog understand what is expected of him or her. Brining up a puppy alongside a young child is ideal as they are both companions and in most cases, are inseparable after only a few weeks. There are other benefits, as your child will learn to love and respect animals and will help in the care of the animal, which gives them a level of responsibility.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that the pet you choose is of a pleasant disposition and does not require a high level of care and attention and this should ensure that the family grow together and the pet becomes an integral part of family life.