Getting your pet and your baby off to a good start takes work, but it's well worth the effort. Pets have been shown to provide many positive health and emotional benefits for adults and children alike, so it's no surprise that dog ownership is twice as high in families with children, says Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond and professor of animal ecology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
You may have a pet now, or you may be thinking of getting one for your child. Over time your pet and your child can learn to respect each other, and there's a good chance they'll even grow to be best pals. But this happy scenario won't become a reality without help from you. So follow these tips and start laying the groundwork for a beautiful relationship between your pet and your little one.