George is practicing calm/stable behavior while Raeya (3 years old) plays with toys in the front yard. The dog and child are existing but not directly interacting. George has parameters to follow which keeps him from trying to take toys out of her hands, knock her down, or put things in his mouth that he should not. By giving the dog parameters which come from obedience, the relationship starts on the right track and can prevent issues from cropping up later. In essence, what you are doing is teaching both young children and the dog to respect one another’s personal space. There are no words for how valuable it is for child and dog to understand each other’s parameters.