One thing I'd like to say about this. I own a book called "Childproofing Your Dog", by Brian Killcommon. His #1 rule is NEVER leave your children alone with a dog!
In this age of treating dogs as 'furbabies' we have abandoned all common sense, and have forgotten that dog are carnivores. Even the small ones can do a lot of damage with their teeth, if provoked.
And you never know just what kids are likely to do to an animal.
Case in point: family's dog bit a young child. Parents are upset, and haul the dog off to the vet for euthanasia. The vet decides to examine the dog, before giving it that final needle.
She finds 2 crayons inside the dog's ears.
Another incident: I am sitting in a dog training class, waiting to talk with the instructor. The next class is coming in with their dogs. This class consists of dogs people have been having problems with.
I have a 3 year old, 84 lb. German shepherd rescue, recently acquired. He's been kept on a chain most of his life, and has had zero exposure to kids. This has been our first obedience class together.
I hear the pittter-patter of footsteps behind me. Before I can do anything, a small child of about 3, comes and throws his arms around my dog's neck. Fortunately, my dog is okay with this!
Before I can react, his slightly older brother comes and does the SAME thing! Then a 3rd, still older boy, comes and pats my dog on the head.
I am totally shocked by the kid's lack of caution with a big, strange dog, but before I can talk to the kids' parents, the instructor comes over, and I never got the chance. I don't think I got the chance to mention it to the instructor, either (it was a long time ago, so I've forgotten.)
No wonder kids get bitten. My parents always taught me to be careful around strange dogs, but in this day and age, kids seem to think they're fluffy stuffed toys!!