If you have a dog and a baby, there’s a high chance that you noticed your dog acting a bit differently around the baby. Most dogs seem to act more gently and nurturing towards babies.
Do they really know babies are tiny humans in need of care and protection? Do they know this instinctively?
Whether dogs know babies are tiny versions of adult humans is unclear. Still, most dogs recognize that babies are helpless juvenile beings in need of protection. Dogs can learn this from watching how humans behave and interact with and around the baby. Humans also naturally reinforce dogs’ calm and protective behavior around babies and scold them when they are aggressive. Don’t leave your baby alone with the dog, though.
There are many things dogs know and don’t know about human babies. Let’s see what they are.
Dogs are smart enough to recognize many patterns. Babies behave differently to adult humans, and dogs can see that:
Dogs also can’t know many things about babies. Here are things dogs probably don’t get instinctively:
Your dog can’t instinctively know some of these things that we consider fundamental as humans. For that reason, as much as your dog seems good around your baby, you shouldn’t leave your baby unattended with him.
Even if your dog doesn’t mean to hurt the baby, it’s still possible that he’ll cause harm. Some dogs are made anxious by babies’ erratic movements and can snap or bite out of fear.
Teach your dog to be good and gentle with your baby from the very beginning. You can do this by staying calm and protective around your baby and engaging in frequent and early socialization with your dog.
If you feel that you need any help with the dog, please, call a professional dog trainer to help you out.