You haven't met any well behaved children. Well trained children, like well trained dogs, are a pleasure to be around.
This. even if you liked children, you didn’t like this one and your physical and verbal cues where clearly present for your dog to get the message.Dogs can pick up on our dislike of someone. You hating children can certainly be telegraphed to your dog, and affect their behavior.
Thank you. I DO love my baby boy. As I mentioned, he showed no aggression to anyone, and when he's not on guard duty, he's fine with anyone being around, but if someone tries to pet him without his permission, he moves out of their reach. He doesn't bark, growl or any of that. He has to be allowed to approach you on his terms or you don't get to pet him. I would consider that to be quite accepting and respectful. BUT, he is also a YOUNG dog.I do believe that you love him very much and want what is best for him. He needs to learn to accept and respect people of all ages. His life may literally depend on it one day.
Thank you. I think that is what we will continue to do in the future, just avoid contact as much as possible. As I said, all of my previous dogs always loved children. They were terribly patient and even enjoyed playing. I had no problem with that. Once in a while when I took them into public, kids would come running up to us wanting to pet them.From what you've described, I don't see any reason to be concerned. Your dog's been really patient just avoiding contact the best he could, he's done his part.
Not bad advice but I don't think it wise for me to be anyone's disciplinarian beyond a simple "Please go away." LOLHowever, when parents don't seem to manage, sometimes I think you can actually do them a big favor by stepping in.
I agree. I've never had the experience of having one of my dogs bite someone, but my 10 month old is wary of squealing toddlers so I carefully monitor him around kids until I'm more confident that he'll act appropriately. I'm not willing to take a chance of a child getting hurt or of authorities taking him from me to be put down.If I did not trust my dog around children or people if approached inappropriately and felt I could not intervene to prevent it, my dog would be muzzled when out in public.
That's my son and our dog. That was a tender moment I wanted to share in a lighthearted manner. My son respects our dog and Bear has NEVER bitten him or anyone.I am hesitant about the cute internet kid-dog pictures. This picture might show a good relationship between the two or the kid could have been bitten after the picture was taken. We have a distorted idea about kid-dog relationships I think. Too much risks are taken for a good picture and it sends the wrong message for what to expect when a dog is in contact with a child.