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    Question I Need Advice Re Toddlers and Dogs

    Could use some advice as I don't have kids so haven't had this problem, I don't have too much info but would love some suggestions anyway.

    Yesterday I picked up one of my regular dog boarders, Bebe, a teeny foxy x who is about 9 years old. He was a rescue and has been with his family for around 5 years. Lovely little bloke that I've been boarding over the years. He is very much loved and spoilt.

    The problem is that a baby came onto the scene about 2 1/2 years ago, now that he's a toddler he's doing the usual toddler things, barrelling around like boys do.

    I know that Bebe was a bit jealous of the baby, but mum and dad have done all the right things, including him in everything, he has not been left out in any way. But now that baby is a toddler he's scaring little Bebe who has been showing fear aggression. Toddler had kicked out at Bebe which mum and dad know is unacceptable. But understandably they don't want toddler bitten. Things have got bad enough that the vet has given a course of prozac about a month ago which apparently is helping.

    This is about as much as I know for now, it was a quick rundown yesterday morning - mum asked me for suggestions as she hates having to put Bebe on meds. I'd like to be able to talk to her about other options when they get back in a couple of weeks, including tips on toddler taming!

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    Millie is old and stiff, so when I have daycare kids she has to go into her outside pen. Have they thought about baby gates so the dog has an area where he can go to get away? Then he can be let back out when the child is in bed or is constantly supervised. The child needs to know that the pup is old and needs his personal space, in my house we have two main rules, if the dog is sleeping don't touch it and if the dog doesn't want to play don't try to make them play. My kids have grown up with these rules, and a two and half year old should be able to understand that, it will just take time hence my above suggestion.

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    Yep toddler taming is in order,m but is never going to be infallible. Little dogs can easily be intimidated by the noise and sudden movements of little kids. Kids aren't good judges of personal space either which doesn't help.

    A crate for the dog? That he can access but little person can't? That way he knows that if he is overwhelmed he has a safe place. As long as he doesn't get too defensive/aggressive about it.

    Baby gates are good in a house. Little dogs can often squeeze through them, or they can be put in just a little off the floor to allow for doggie crawl under space. This again allows the dog a refuge space when it's all getting too much for him.

    Just like cats will find a high spot to unwind from kids, dogs need a quiet place to be at peace for a little while.

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    Snap on the baby gates Cate.

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    It's just great minds Natty! LOL!

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    Ooh a crate is a good idea, not sure if they have one, I can always lend them one if they want to try it out. Baby gates are good too, I'm sure they have these as there are stairs in the house.

    When they get back I will try to get more info about exactly what happens. It's such a shame as Bebe is a really nice little dog, I think he is a bit highly strung anyway, but I'd love to help them find a way where everyone can be happy.

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    Definitely toddler training is in order but this will take lots of supervised time. They should never be left alone together. I agree with the advice given. The last thing needed here is a bitten child. The dog needs a safe refuge.

    OT but speaking of safe refuge..hubby saw pretty on THE ROOF of the car, chewing a bone away from the pups. Not amused was not the word, lol.

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    The dog has to have several safe havens, one in each room. And this needs to be explained to the child and enforced the same way you would if the child was touching or going near anything dangerous.

    I would also recommend a dog door or an open door policy so that the dog can escape to the back yard if it needs total peace and some sleep.

    Dogs and young children and like kids and roads, you can never leave them unsupervised.

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    Sitting on top of the car!!! Now where's a camera when you need one.

    We have a little brumby ute and if you don't have the chain short enough Gemma can put her front feet on the roof. Not so amusing when you look in the rear view mirror and see nothing but black.

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    what my sister did was train the kids not to get in the dogs circle, she used a hoop and her kids were not allowed to get closer than the hoop, that is great for older children, when they were little she had a series of play pens in the house, the dog and cat could get in but the kids couldn't, she put some cushions in the middle of each one, so the pets could get away from the kids. Now she has a staffy that loves tumbling with the boys but they are also a bit older, but she has a rule the the dog must come to you and if he is in his bed or a couple of areas of the house you cant call or bug him.

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