For the sake of stating it over and over in this blog, when I use the word "toddler" I'm referring to children in the 2-4 years of age range.
Even if a dog does want to be petted I am still not completely on board for allowing children in the 2-4 age group to learn to pet a dog. Yes, you heard that. And yes, you may feel like clicking off here now. You may be thinking ––"My child cannot pet the dog?! Why?!!! That's absurd!" But hear me out . . .
The above are appropriate interactions that still allow the child to hang out and interact with the dog while each party is in a respectful place and mindset. Once this is achieved your child and dog will form a lovely relationship and petting won't be a concern, over time.
Your goal should be a dog and child that coexist and get along well together. Petting will come later.
I evaluate each family, dog and child to set up a plan of action specific to each family's needs. Each program is specific to help your dog and your family. So I will not go into any training plans on this blog.
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