The bond that exists between dogs and humans is unmistakable (after all, dogs are called “man’s best friends”). They are adaptable beings that bond with their human counterparts, including babies. Like humans, dogs are extremely social creatures. Alexandra Bassett, lead dog trainer and Los Angeles-based Dog Savvy behavior specialist, says, “All dogs have a mating drive and den instincts; it is part of what is called their “herd instinct”.
When a dog has a strong pack instinct and is closely bonded to his family, it is only natural that he will become protective of the newborn when he or she shows up. Dogs are crazy about kids and can form strong bonds due to the amount of time they spend together. Both a child and a dog, especially a young puppy, have in common a desire to have a playmate and someone who will give them attention.
The relationship your child will create with your puppy is unique and can have both physical and psychological benefits to its development. One of the most significant benefits is that dogs make children happy. Socializing with dogs has also been shown to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemical building blocks of positive emotions. They also just have fun being around.