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    Hi all

    Came across this blog on the interwebs and thought they made some interesting points...

    http://www.lolathepitty.com/my-dog-bit-my-child/

    1. it's as important to train (and enforce) children to treat dogs with respect

    2. even if the dog is very well behaved - don't leave it to be repeatedly tortured by small children. children don't always recognise when they are making the dog uncomfortable and children are not good at thinking about the consequences of their actions. They might know what they are if you tell them but they don't think about it when they're treating the dog badly.

    3. protect your dog from children - including your own. just because nothing bad happened last time and the time before doesn't mean that nothing bad will happen this time.

    The story made me think about how many times my brother's kids have run around chasing my dog screaming and squealing even while my brother tried to make them stop. And how many times I've told children "this is a dog not a toy" and "would you like it if I poked you in the eye?"

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    I once left my dog under my toddler's bed when I put her down for a nap, because there'd been a thunderstorm and I couldn't persuade the dog to come out. A bit later, I was in the backyard when I heard a kind of yelp I'd never heard before. When I burst into the room, I found my daughter sitting next to the dog, pricking her with a screw she'd found somewhere (which was the second parenting fail). And this was a child that had been drilled into how to behave around dogs.

    I did teach her from a very young age how to approach dogs we didn't know and watch their body language. Few things annoy me more than parents who will allow their toddlers to run up to strange dogs without supervising them closely. Because that means that I have to take on that role for them, which isn't fair.

    There is simply not much you can do with the dog to prepare them for situations like that, apart from the usual socialisation which can only achieve that much.

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    Some things I teach my pups to be more able to handle people:


    1. Not to jump up
    2. Not to bite
    3. Able to handle being patted on their heads
    4. Able to handle being stared at – eye to eye with people
    5. To be gentle
    6. To ‘kiss’ – that is to lick faces
    7. To ‘go to a friend’ after meeting people. This one I don’t push – decision up to the pup !


    The above doesn’t make my pups idiot proof – but it is a start ! The rest is up to me to make sure that my pups are safe in any interaction with people.

    I have been doing this for years and have never had a problem. Even when I had an absolute little PITA kid pinching one of my pups - all that she did was move away and hid under a table.

    Total supervision of any interaction is the only way !

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    When I read the blog - I thought of Nancy Reagan and "just say no" ie her answer to drugs and sex...

    Doesn't work.

    But teaching the dog to leave - is what my brother teaches his dogs. I teach mine to come to me and I will protect her as best I can. There have been a couple of times where she's opted for running home without me and I've managed to persuade her to stop and wait for me but it's hard when a bad dog is chasing her.

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    As my dogs have not been brought up with children, mine are adult and my grandies live hours away they are never together. If the or any other kids are here they are in the pen. They can meet through the wire with an adult beside them.

    Years ago, I am talking 25 to 30 when kids and dogs were growing up together with their friends there wasn't much supervision at all. it just "was"
    I am talking kids though who also had dogs. Everyone seemed to.

    If a dog was off colour or recovering from something or other they were just kept separated for the duration.
    It is good that with the Internet, safety issues can be brought to the fore and raise awareness to those that don't give it a second thought but also to bring to people's minds that things can indeed still happen in a hearbeat even if standing right there at times if even distracted for a second.

    I will now read the link as this post may not have any relevance, lol.

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    I dont trust kids of others, full stop. I trust them far less than the dogs.
    My dogs have 'corrected' kids in past. I dont have a problem with that, as no permanent damage has been done. But a darn good lesson has been learnt by the sprog for sure.

    Bernie and Pohm will correct kids. But not with biting. Pohm decks them, and lays on them. Whilst bernie will shout at them and get them to stay in a corner.
    Tis all good.
    Never met a kid that wanted anything to do with Brian yet.
    Kids are ferral, and dogs should only be exposed, like me, briefly, gently, then rapidly removed from my sight. If i didnt give birth to it, it aint welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Kids are ferral, and dogs should only be exposed, like me, briefly, gently, then rapidly removed from my sight. If i didnt give birth to it, it aint welcome.
    Love this I'm the same.

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    I am too.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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