Controversy Sparked After Cute Video Of Dog Tickling Baby Emerges
A video (below) of an infant being tickled by a dog has sparked a debate about whether it’s safe to have a dog so close to a baby.
“I was so happy Jeeves stopped Graham crying, nobody makes him laugh like his best friend,” Katie said. “At this point, they can play this game on a dime and even give each other cues letting the other know it’s time.”
Katie, who adopted Jeeves after losing her previous boxer, Yoshi, said she was initially concerned about having the dog and baby together.
“I had a lot of anxiety bringing Jeeves into our family when I was five months pregnant,” she said. “We were worried he wouldn’t like the new baby.”
But, she said, seeing the duo play together put her worries to rest.
“I worked hard to make sure Jeeves felt like a part of things and was still an important part of our pack,” said Katie. “When I first saw them interact like this, I knew they loved each other and it made me so happy.”
“One bite and shake is all it would take,” warned one commenter. “Too much trust in animal. Way too much.”
“I would never ever leave my baby, small child alone with a dog,” said another. “That being said, Boxers are absolutely wonderful around children. If they have been treated well, they are extremely gentle around babies and children.”
New parents don’t need to get rid of their pets, but should exercise caution and common sense about letting their animals interact with young children, Parents Magazine advises.
Pets can carry and spread viruses, bacteria and parasites, so any scratches or bites should be washed with soap and water, the magazine suggests.
The guide also advises against letting a dog or cat give a baby “kisses,” as dogs and cats often lick feces and trash, potentially exposing the baby to bacteria.
Doggone Safe recommends never leaving a baby alone with a dog “for even a second,” because a dog might accidentally hurt the baby, or become agitated by the child’s sounds or behavior. The website also recommends that parents keep their baby off of the floor when the dog is in the room