Bringing Pets and Children Together Safely

May 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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May 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two-and-a-half year old Logan headed to the SPCA to pick up his brand new puppy.

"We got Riley here," Dad Nick Archbold said.

This is the second dog Logan's family has adopted in the passed two months. Logan's mom Angel Sutton says there is a method to introducing a pet into a home.

"We let them meet then let Logan pet her," Sutton said.

Pamela Hylinger with the Erie County SPCA said a dog is a great pet for small children. She said just about any animal will do but there are safety tips to follow.

"No pet and no child should ever be left alone. Child should learn pet safety including how to touch a pet, pet a pet and hold a pet," Hylinger said.

On the other hand, the animal must also learn how to get a long with the child, especially if a newborn baby is coming into the home.

"We talk about getting your pet used to some noises of certain toys. We talk about lotions. Use the lotion on you before you bring a baby home and put the lotion on them so it is familiar to the pet." Hylinger said.

Pam also said there are signs to tell that your animal is not adjusting well to a child.

"If you make too many changes in your house your pet might be having accidents. That could be a sign something is wrong. If your pet is avoiding the baby or child, it could be a problem. If the pet is licking the baby frequently, that could also be a sign something is going on, too," Hylinger said.

When a family decides to get a pet, the responsibility should be shared.

"Adults have to constantly supervise child with the pet. As far as responsibility, it is a nice thing to transfer the responsibility to the child. Getting them actively engaged in learning about that type of pet," Hylinger said.

Angel said she loves that Logan has animals in their home and she plans to expand their family with more pets.

"I think it's great for kids to have animals. I grew up with animals and every kids should," Sutton said.