This is an issue for us. I have no young children and there are none in my family, other than my nephew, but he's only 18 months and lives several hours away. Result is Bailey is never around any kids.
We go to the city park often and just sit and watch everyone. He does not give a HOOT about a trillion kids running by, walking, on skateboards, on little bikes with noisy training wheels. We've worked up to getting just feet from the trail and no reaction from him on those kids.
Yet, for example, tonight my neighbors must have had their grandchildren over and they were little kids - between 2 - 4 I'd guess, and they were riding trikes and such. They're my only neighbors and they're a good 50 foot away. Yet Bailey saw them and ran right to the yard boundary, on full alert, wanting very much to go over there. He tried. I had to work kind of hard to call him back over. (no fence). He barked at them a couple of times.
So I went and got a leash and we went back over and walked the boundary. Sat down for a few minutes, just let the kids romp around. No reaction from Bailey AT ALL once on leash. Huh? Exactly like he has no reaction at the city park when on leash watching them run all over the place.
What the heck? What a disconnect? Why?
I'd love to hear from those who had to work somehow, some way to get their dogs to be accepting and non-threatening with kids when you don't have any for daily/often exposure. Those of you who do not have that exposure, but whose dogs don't care, don't count.