That which runs must be chased. A dog is only a dog. It is up to us to ensure the neighborhood is safe from our dogs.
An eleven year old kid should know better than to run up a neighbor's drive when their dog is loose. But the fact of the matter is, the kid was being a kid. Kids do not always think or notice everything they should. It is up to us to protect children. If a child had to lift a latch and open a gate to cut through your yard, or climb your fence, then I would say the kid was at fault. No child should be bitten for stepping on a bit of grass or running up a driveway.
It sounds like a very unfortunate incident. Your dog is not vicious. If he was vicious the child would have gone to the ER. Your dog acted like a GSD in that it neutralized the threat and bit only once. It did not maul the boy, or bite several times. I would hope my dogs would not have done this, but I think that there are circumstances where a dog might make a bad decision, and I say that without any animosity toward the dog. It was an accident, maybe foreseeable, maybe not.
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