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Teaching pup and toddlers to get along

Updated: January 8, 2013 10:08AM



Q. We recently put a deposit down on a 2-month-old Pekingese/Pomeranian. We have two little girls, ages 2 and 6. I am a stay-at-home mom so the pup will not ever be alone and will constantly be around the 2-year-old. A lot of things I have read say that the Pekingese is going to bite my daughter. I am concerned.

My dad did make a point that, since we are getting the puppy so young, she will grow up around the girls and it shouldn’t be a problem.

A. You did the right thing by researching, but maybe the wrong thing by ignoring research suggesting the dog might not do well with small children.

Dad, however, does make a wise point about the dog growing up with your kids. Because all the creatures will be raised together, this surely will cement the bond and ease the strains. However, please be vigilant; never leave the dog and your youngest daughter alone until you are 100 percent confident they will peacefully co-exist. Train your child to get along with the dog as surely as you must train the pup to do likewise.

Q.

My dog came across a dead cat at the park and proceeded to bury the cat with surrounding leaves by using her nose and pushing the leaves over the dead cat. Two days later, we went back to the park and she found the dead cat again and proceeded to cover it with leaves again even though it was still covered from the last time.

Did she bury the cat to save for a treat later or did she bury the cat out of sympathy (which is what I prefer to think). She is a 2-year-old Norwich terrier.

A. In truth, the instinct to bury is primal in terriers with intense “go to ground” predispositions.

And a dead cat? My goodness, such a quarry is the ultimate “catch” for these creatures.

Your Norwich (this breed is an impossibly cute bundle of squatness and determination) buries and re-buries because she savors the exercise in a primitive kind of way.



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