|08-21-2013 01:17 AM|
I understand your frustration. No good deed goes unpunished!
I never let children pet Molly. Sometimes I get tempted, I remember how much I loved animals as a child and I wish I could give them a good experience but Molly has growled when certain kids try and get too close, just not worth it.
|08-21-2013 12:46 AM|
|08-21-2013 12:43 AM|
|llombardo||I would think that at the age of 10, the kid should have listened. He obviously knew what you said because he didn't attempt it when you were watching, so decided to take it upon himself to do it anyway when you weren't. I would have went back after I got the dog in the car and explained to him why the dog did what he did. You know your dog and you warned the kid, its not like he was 2 years old, in which case I'm sure more measures would have been taken to prevent this whole scenario. Hopefully the mother of the kid explains to him what he did wrong, because next time he might just get bit.|
|08-21-2013 12:39 AM|
I hate kids like that. Seriously. Ever since mine were young they were taught to NEVER touch a dog unless they ask, I don't care HOW cute the dog is! Additionally they also know to let the dog smell you first, NEVER go nose to nose with a dog.
We had a lady with her dog once and the kids were given permission to pet. My kids put their hands out for the dog to smell first- and then chin scratch. The lady told my daughter "When you first greet a dog, get on their level, look them in the eye and pet their ears! That's the only way" and tried maneuvering my daughter to that position. I was standing back with my dog so I couldn't jump in and stop it. Thankfully my daughter is willing to tell adults NO. she told the lady "that is a good way to get bitten. Thank you for letting me per your dog. I have to go back to my mom now" grabbed my son and came back to me.
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|08-21-2013 12:32 AM|
|huntergreen||i can see both sides, but your dog only growled and barked. no one was hurt and the chid hopefully learned a lesson. sounds like what ever you are doing to help your dog work through this is working or this could have been an actual bit event. i will let others continue to judge your behavior, i wasn't there so i won't.|
|08-21-2013 12:19 AM|
|Loneforce||One thing about kids, you never know what they will do. "even when the parents are right there" I remember when Jonas was around 5 months old, I had him at work with me and it was a busy day. Luckily Jonas has great temperament and I socialized the heck out of him. I was on the phone with a customer and heard giggling...I turned around to look and The child and Jonas had his rope toy playing tug of war "both had rope in their mouths nose to nose. Gosh I about had a heart attack!!! The parents didn't even know their child wasn't standing there with them...Gulp...I was very proud of Jonas that day, he was very gentle with the child and was a true gentleman. "luckily" !! Like I said you never know what a kid will do, you always have to be alert and watching the possibilities.|
|08-21-2013 12:00 AM|
My husband was by the car and I told him that I probably should have given Lugar to him, but I didn't think it would be a problem because he's fine with people giving him space, and I've introduced him to numerous people just by having them ignore him the first few times he meets them. I didn't really get into an explanation with the child to tell them why he couldn't touch him, I just said 'don't keep coming closer, when he moves back.'
I'll have to be a lot more careful with the situations I put him in, because I can't control what other people do, even if I have him under control.
|08-20-2013 11:50 PM|
Yeah, I've just learned that when kids are around to choke up on the lead and be hyper-vigilant. I've been lucky to have dogs that just melt around kids BUT seeing as how kids are so unpredictable I hedge my bets and keep tight control of my mutts.
A friends kid wanted to walk Banjo once upon a time. I told the kid no, nononono. NO. Kid kept on and kept on. Pretty annoying. So I told kids mom that I was preparing to teach her kid a lesson. She asked what and I explained. She was okay with it. So I explained leash reactivity(which Banjo had none of, he was a saint on lead). I explained how a 90 pound GSD was more powerful than any 8 year old on the planet. I explained how other dogs could react and made sure the lesson sank in. Kid still wanted to "walk" Banjo. So I harnessed him up, slapped the leash on and handed it to the kid. Being the wunderkind leash dog the kid had no issues UNTIL I called Banjo to me. A quick trip to meet Mr. Ground and a few feet of dragging drove home my power point very well. The child quit insisting on walkies. I was a bit of a jerk there, but I did imprint upon the child that big dogs can hurt you even if they don't mean too and to listen to big dogs owners when they lay down rules.
|08-20-2013 10:57 PM|
looks like your saying your dog reacted. you're creating an excuse for your dog's behaviour. either your dog reacted or he didn't?
|08-20-2013 10:57 PM|
|Jax08||Well...he was only 10. In my experience with young children, you have to explicitly say "Do not pet this dog because....." and explain it thoroughly. If you didn't do that then I would say it was your bad. You could have explained that the dog was showing avoidance by backing away and by forcing a dog who is doing that a person could be bitten. It could have been a good learning experience for the child that obviously doesn't understand dog language. I've seen adults force themselves on Jax when she doesn't want their attention. If adults don't understand, I think it's out of line to expect a child too.|
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