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04-06-2014 12:10 AM
LeCielEstRouge Op- I agree in the sense that it is good for kids to grow up with dogs. I have never lived without a dog and I don't think I could! Our girls are 8 and 3, and the dogs love them and are protective around them (not aggressively, but they will block the kids from strangers that get too close until they feel they are safe). We have never had any accidents with our male, nor with our female yet but she is new. However, I'd still keep a close eye on him around the toddler. I usually sit on the back patio to supervise, because sometimes one dog will see a squirrel and whip around so fast that they may knock someone over accidentally.

But your dog sees you as his main person and that's a good thing. I wouldn't want my dog to prefer my kids and see me as a threat to them. I am both of my dogs' person since I care for them, train and exercise theme that's usually just how it goes. Embrace it and enjoy! Your son will be more "fun" as he gets bigger and can match the needs of the dog. Our female is the typical energetic GSD and the kids couldn't keep up with her if they tried. But our male is more of the nanny type which isn't typical. He's just a big sweetie. GL!
04-03-2014 04:20 PM
nktigger99 My kids....2 year old twins, and 4 year old...are outside playing and Abby is inside with me....the door to the backyard is wide open yet she chooses to be here with me. That is honestly how I want it. My kids are not mature enough to handle or discipline her.

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04-03-2014 11:07 AM
Oisin's Aoire What your describing is actually ideal. Your dog should defer to you ..he should not listen to a toddler. Most people usually have the opposite issue , pup playing too rough with small children , stealing their food from their hands . You're lucky that way

My kids are 2 , 5 , and 7 . He plays with them some , and when they have been sick lately he lays with them. But he would not go outside if they told him too , etc. My 7 year old works on handling him ( I train him ) , gives him treats . He is pretty close to her...but she is almost 8 . If he is with her doing something and I leave the room , he usually runs out to follow me and it hurts her feelings sometimes . I feel it is the breed..they are very handler/trainer is their job to be focused on one person even though they can love and play with the whole family.

I think the advice to just have a 3 year old play ball , work on some commands with treats is an excellent start. As he gets older they will grow closer
03-31-2014 02:06 AM
Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Do not trust them. The dog is young the kid is young. Bad things can happen!

Would you leave your 3 year old alone in the bathtub?

Watching thru the window is not enough.
I agree. I still don't leave my 9year old alone with my dog just in case.

03-31-2014 02:03 AM
SummerGSDLover My kids are 3, 5, &9. I had similar experiences until I showed my littles how to throw the ball, play tug, and treat him for sitting. Maybe try involving him more?

03-31-2014 12:22 AM
Onyx2012 It's good for a boy to have a dog. It teaches him responsibility and gives a dog another loving member in his "pack" especially when I am at work. We are all boys and enjoy being boys together. I just want Onyx to love my son the way he loves me. We have a great relationship. And as for the walking pic, no way would I let him walk Onyx fresh!! I give my son the leash for a little bit after a 45 minute walk in the fields where he exhausts himself chasing rabbits unsuccessfully. This lets Onyx know that my son is still above him and needs to obey him.
03-29-2014 10:34 PM
llombardo All of mine favor the kids when they are here. My niece stays for weeks at a time and Midnite looks for her when she leaves. When my youngest niece comes over she goes right for the treats and will spend hours training them. She is young but she has watched me and does the same things. I would not allow any of them to walk the dogs and the oldest is 13.
03-29-2014 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by SunCzarina View Post
Dogs are good for a child's immune system. Kinda like licking the shopping carts at a Walmart.
Dust is our friend.

Kids that grow up in sterile environments do generally have more problems with asthma and stuff like that.

Not sure why I have asthma. Home was never exactly sterile.

Whatever, I read that somewhere. Probably the same place that I read, "People with immaculate homes are boring."
03-29-2014 08:52 PM
SunCzarina Dogs are good for a child's immune system. Kinda like licking the shopping carts at a Walmart.
03-29-2014 08:39 PM
Originally Posted by alexg View Post
Was the OP serious?
"But we originally got him so our son will have a companion as they both grow up"
Sure, and why not? Are there not worse reasons to get a dog. "Oh, my Floofie was so sad, we just needed to get her a playmate."

Getting a dog so that your kids grow up in a home with a dog, with all the memories of growing up with a dog, I can see people doing that.

I have half considered getting a kid, so my dogs could grow up with a kid, but I think that is going a bit far.

I don't think you could do that and hate dogs or even be completely neutral about them.
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