Loving dog becomes child’s ‘babysitter’ – even comforting him when he cries

A video of a loving dog acting as a "babysitter" to a newborn baby boy has gone viral on Reddit.

In the clip, Cassius stands guard over newborn baby Ronin, which is looking towards the pooch in bewilderment.

The dog gives out a low groaning sound while he stands over the infant.

In the caption, proud parent Chase wrote: "My dog thinks he is my son’s babysitter.

"They are very interested in each other."

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Chase, from Los Angeles, US, said the pooch has been protecting Cassius "since day one".

"He follows the baby everywhere," he explained. "If Ronin cries in another room, Cassius will come get us.

"If he's crying near us Cassius will do what he's doing in this video or lick his head."

Predictably, his clip has melted hearts after it was posted to Reddit, getting more than 29,000 up-votes while dog-lovers remarked that it had made their day.

One viewer wrote: "I love the constant tail wagging.

"It's so amazing and comforting to see in dogs."

"This is adorable af but damn babies really look like grumpy old men," commented another person.

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  • Someone with a similar experience said the dog's overprotectiveness could be stressful, writing: "First six months with each baby, the dog didn't let non-pack members near the baby without a lot of glaring and threatening postures.

    "He decided who the pack was. It was a little stressful really, worrying about him getting in trouble for biting a visitor."

    Chase replied: "Luckily he hasn’t been that type of protective."

    He added that the clever pooch also told his owners when the baby needed changing and when he was crying – with the adorable pooch even licking his head to comfort him while he cries.

    This comes after a woman who kissed her dog was amazed by his reaction.

    And a puppy who was adopted stole hearts with a little "smile" as he was introduced to his new owner.

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