Here is a photo of my 15-month-old son petting our new dog. I take a conservative approach to introducing dogs to babies and young children generally, steering clear of too much physical interaction in favor of establishing solid rules of engagement.

Conrad is riding in a carrier, which I tend to think helps a dog to perceive one’s child as an extension of oneself, and deserving of equal status.

That said, this guy continues to impress me with his relaxed and gentle attitude toward kids of all ages. Good dog!