This photograph depicts a beagle dog named Barney that was enjoying the hugs of a small child while both were lying on the lawn. Note the docile, relaxed disposition of this pet, which is ideal when thinking about adding a canine family member, especially when small children are involved.
The CDC advises that you consider the following before you decide to own a dog:
- Consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to learn about suitable breeds of dogs for your household.
- Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate in households with children.
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog and, if so, delay acquiring a dog.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler.