In an ideal world, pets and babies would always get along. In reality, there’s no telling how your animal companion will react to the new member of the family. Sometimes, pet owners have reported being delighted with the reaction, as their pet not only welcomes the newcomer, but actually undertakes responsibility for its protection. In other cases, pets appear indifferent, but at least show no intent to harm the child so long as it stays on its side of the fence.
Everyone knows that it’s necessary to socialize dogs and cats so they respect each other and their boundaries. In reality, this rule applies to all different types of animals – rabbits, birds, reptiles and so forth. This applies to another animal – man, more specifically (for this article), children. It’s essential that children learn to respect pets if everyone in the house is going to be happy – and safe.