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How To Handle An Older Dog Around Toddlers

When it comes to toddlers and dogs there are several things to keep in mind. Not to mention, the actual dog will make a huge difference in how to handle dogs with toddlers. The following suggestions will help you determine the best way to handle your dog with your toddler.


The dog should be the first thing to evaluate. If the dog is generally easy going and mild mannered then you will find that these dogs typically tolerate toddlers very well. The dog’s breed will have a huge effect on how they act around toddlers. Labs are great dogs with toddlers as well as many other breeds. I general, you should evaluate the dog with the toddler and see how it goes. If the dog snaps, growls, barks, or attempts to bite the toddler then you should keep them separated at all times. If the dog appears to tolerate the toddler grabbing, pulling, jumping, and screaming then the dog will probably be okay with your toddler. If you are worried at all about your toddler and the dog then do not take a chance. Instead, keep them separated at all times. You don’t want to risk something happening to your little one because you took a chance.


You can teach your toddler a great deal about life with a dog. You can teach them how to gently pet the dog and how to love him. You will teach him how to respect animals and how not to be afraid of them. As long as you have a dog that tolerates your toddler quite well then you will be able to teach your little one many lessons.

What to Do

If your dog is old and does not care for your toddler then it is important for your dog to have a place all his own. You want to gate off an area where your dog will feel comfortable and happy and where you won’t have to worry about keeping your dog from potentially harming your child.
When you are out on a walk keep your dog on a leash and your toddler away from him. This may be a challenge at first, especially if the dog has been in your family for a long time. However, when you add a child to the mix it is important to find a way to keep everyone feeling accepted and loved without sacrificing the safety of your child.

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