DOGS RULE: A gentle labrador coaxes reluctant Down’s Syndrome boy to play with him

This is the heart-warming moment that a gentle dog befriends a young boy with Down’s Syndrome and persuades the child to play.

Herman, now five, from La Plata, Buenos Aires, was captured on camera being approached by Himalaya, a Labrador.

Herman’s mother Ana, who posted the video on YouTube, said her son’s condition means that he backs away from contact.

Herman, who has two older sisters was aged three when the tender moment was filmed.

The video shows the little boy sitting on a patio in front of Himalaya.

Herman then shuffles over to the dog and looks at him, but when Himalaya places a gentle paw on the little boy’s foot he baulks and moves away again.

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