We usually focus on the harm a dog may cause, but injury is a two-way street. Size matters here, too. Many parents avoid getting very small dogs for fear that the child may harm the dog. A very tiny dog may sustain unintentional injury at the hands of the child.
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Imagine a two-pound toy poodle pup being accidentally dropped down the stairs by a pair of three-year-old hands or being run over by a tricycle going full blast. That’s not to say that very large and very small dogs are never good pets for children-they can be. But parents have to be aware of and make accommodations for the size differential. The dog and the child both need education and protection to make the big versus little situation work.
Pic of the Day: If you’ve ever had a dog, you can probably relate.