There are few combos cuter than dogs and babies. They can go together like peas in a pod, snuggling, playing, and generally having a blast in each other's company. But at the risk of sounding like a total buzzkill, I would never let a dog around my baby until I knew that both pet and owner would do everything possible to keep my little one safe. There are some rules for your dog around my baby that are just good common sense, and in the best interest of both the fur baby and the human baby.
No matter how sweet and well-trained a dog is, accidents can still happen. If I had to guess, I'd say that a baby is probably more likely to be hurt by a dog excitedly jumping on them and knocking them over as they are by a dog getting angry and biting them. And while it's on doggy moms and dads to make sure their fur baby doesn't injure their new human friend, it's also on parents to make sure their baby or toddler isn't antagonizing the dog or making them feel threatened. Just as a parent can't always control the actions and emotional outbursts of their child, dog owners can't always stop their pet from defending themselves if they feel provoked. Working together, of course, is how everyone can keep all parties safe.
So with that in mind, here are nine rules to follow to turn dogs and babies into total BFFs: