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    Add me to the bad person with no friends as well .

    I will never , EVER , take the chance that my dogs are perhaps having a bad day or whatever. It is not upto me to stop the child from approaching a strange dog , its upto the childs mother.
    So who's at fault then if my dog actually bit a child that had just suddenly raced up and got in her face ?

    My children have been taught that they are to NEVER go upto a strange dog without asking the owners permission.
    Its common sense,something I thought was standard across parenting , obviously not.
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    No matter if you agree with it or not the law is quite simple. If you take your dog to a public place and it bites a person, particularly a child, you and your dog are in trouble. You can blame the child, the parents, the colour of the sky or God's indigestion. It won't make a blind bit of difference. Your dog will be the one to suffer.

    If you can't control your dog don't take it to places where there are lots of people, especially children. If you can't control your temper attend anger management classes.

    In the eyes of the law kids have more rights than dogs. Either change the laws or learn to live with them.

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    DH thats a very simplistic , black and white view to have .

    I can control my dogs.
    I cannot control other peoples children.

    The fact that it will be my dog that gets the blame is all the more reason to keep children from running up , startling her,perhaps seen as challenging her even.
    Its normal dog behaviour.

    It has nothing to do with anger either.
    I've had a couple of little tear aways that have bolted towards us and me in my hurry to stop them have turned on the water works instead. I've had mothers abuse me and I've had mothers thank me for being responsible.
    At the end of the day I much prefer a few tears to a hospital visit or worse.

    Yep,the law is the law.
    But its the variables I can control that make the laws work.
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    Gawd, I don't have my own children (not counting Frosty) but I do have a niece and nephew and anytime you stop a toddler from getting what it wants, no matter how nicely you do it or provide a substitute object/activity - it will still cry/scream its head off.

    So making a toddler cry is no big deal. Traumatising it enough to stay away from strangers and their stranger dogs - is a really good thing.

    And legally, I think so long as you just get verbal and don't touch the child - you're pretty safe. And if the police are involved - you can make a child neglect claim against the parents. What if the toddler was allowed to go play in the traffic unattended? Sure the cars are supposed to avoid pedestrians but at the same time some pedestrians make that impossible.

    I've mostly had to scream at parents who encourage their children to run in front of bicycles or walk behind 4WDs with their reversing lights on. Parent - go to your child. Do not expect your child to go to you. Yes, there are lots of idiots out there. Sometimes I'm one of them.

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    Deerhound I agree.

    Hyacinth, please don't have children. What you are saying is incredible!

    TKay, I am sorry you feel this way. The incident took place at a Cricket ground. Families were watching a game! It was safe enough to let a child wander freely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi1 View Post
    Deerhound I agree.

    Hyacinth, please don't have children. What you are saying is incredible!

    TKay, I am sorry you feel this way. The incident took place at a Cricket ground. Families were watching a game! It was safe enough to let a child wander freely.
    Mimi I think thats quite a disrespectful thing to say .
    What Hyacinth is saying is purely common sense.

    Roam freely I am fine with , roam freely right upto in my dogs face with no parent in sight ? I don't think so .

    So let me ask this.
    If your child sudenly ran upto my dog , bent down ,straight into her face ,going "doggy!Doggy" in a high pitched excited voice and my dog reacted ,because I was doing the "right thing according to you" and not stop the child . What would you do? And where were you to start with ?

    Some of the thoughts here make my blood run cold .
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    It's not ok to let children roam at sports grounds especially where sports are played with potentially lethal objects like cricket balls. I've personally had problems with small children (and dogs) who think it's fun to join in games of hockey, and sometimes they get hurt, because hockey balls and cricket balls - are very fast and very hard. Basic physics.

    Mimi, I don't plan on having children, but I will send your thought right back at you. If you think letting children roam public places unsupervised is ok, you shouldn't have children either. If I see a child trying to do something dangerous, and I can't find a parent, I will do what I can to stop it without physically damaging it. If that means verbally frightening or humiliating it - that's better than letting the child kill itself.

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    ChoppaChop, aren't you watching your dog? Where are you when a child wonders to touch it? The responsible one is the adult and if you have children, you know full well that they do wander. As an adult, I expect to take responsibility and if I have a dog that bites, or is agressive, then I make sure that it is not amongst children or even adults that may get hurt. Jodz should have put a sign up saying "beware of dog". The parent would have payed attention then!

    In response to your question you are really gettin off the topic here. The child in question was not old enough to utter any words. In contrast to you, my blood is running really hot!
    Last edited by Mimi1; 10-21-2009 at 03:10 PM.

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    Unfortunately I have the opposite issue with my girl Chloe - being a muzzled greyhound children dont seem to be drawn to her at all and she would absolutely relish a pat from another kid outside of her home.

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    I too have taught my 4 kids right from the day they 1st saw a dog...never just go up to a strange dog as you don't know if that dog is a friendly dog or one that will bite! Always ask the owner 1st, if the dog is alone...then leave it alone. They also know the correct way to approach a dog, put their hand out for the dog to smell, then they can pat the dog.

    Every parent should teach their kids this IMO

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