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Watch: German Shepherd is effortlessly gentle when playing with human baby

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A young girl plays outside with a somewhat surprising toy…a rock! But even more surprising is that her playmate is a German Shepherd thrice her size!

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 09/04/2020, 14:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31

Children and dogs can become great friends if they are raised together and learn how to respect each other. If done right, a dog/child relationship can look like the one between this baby and Hatchi!

An unexpected action

The two are outside playing with a rock. The GSD picks it up with her mouth and sets it back down, looking at it playfully as if it were just another tennis ball. The baby then approaches her hand to the rock, trying to grab it right out of the big dog's mouth.

And though you might expect the worse, this dog was clearly well socialised. She sees no problem with the baby taking her ‘toy’ from her, and just watches playfully. When the baby rolls the rock back onto the ground, the German Shepherd gently rises and goes after it.

Safety first

We have rarely seen such a placid pooch with a baby – what a terrific nanny!

Though this is an incredibly cute video, remember you should never leave a dog alone with a child.

Learn everything there is to know about German Shepherds!