Dogs have been labeled "man's best friend." They are loyal, protective, loving and playful. But is it a good idea to have a dog around a baby? While it's important to make sure a dog is trained to be gentle around children and to constantly supervise interactions between babies and their canine companions, many experts say that having a pet around a young child is a wonderful idea for more than one reason.
It's been determined that children who grow up around dogs are more active. In fact, on average, kids with dogs exercise 11 minutes per day more than those without. In addition, pets are a great way to teach children about responsibility as a young girl or boy helps to feed and clean up after a pooch. It's also been determined that petting and snuggling up with a dog is a fantastic way to relieve stress, meaning that tots with dogs may have less anxiety. Finally, children who grow up with dogs may be more healthy than those who don't.
According to Dr. Eira Bergroth, a pediatrician at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, "We think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he might be better prepared for them."
Sometimes, life is "ruff." One thing that may cheer you up on a particularly tough day is a picture of an adorable little one spending quality time with his or her precious pup. Please enjoy the following 15 "paws"itively delightful pictures of babies and their dogs.