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    Hi. I was just reading a post about giving away a dog because of young children. For us dogs have always been a part of our lives, and when we had each of our 3 children, the babies get "introduced" to our dogs, we allow the dogs to have a look and a smell, they are only moved away if they lick the bubs. Our childen play unsupervised (ages 3 and 8) with our dogs (well at the moment its a little different as we have a puppy and bub). I am curious as to how many of you have children, how they get on with the furbabies ect. I think having pets is an awsome thing to have around children it teaches them soo much!! I will share a couple of our youngest with our late aussie bulldog, unfortunatly there friendship was cut extremly short in Feb after he got bitten by a snake..


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    aww those photos are just wonderful

    I have 2 children, 2 and 4...they get along extremly well with Leo.

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    So sweet. Yes I think it is important to have pets with children. They can learn so much from the furkids!

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    What I say and what I do are often two different things.

    I don't have young kids. My Step children didn't experience dogs until they were 6 and 7. I supervised them closely not because I didn't trust the dogs but I didn't trust the children (they were not dog savvy).

    I was raised with dogs. There is a photo of my brother as a baby with a bone and the dog sitting right next to him, it's the dogs bone and as my mother tells the story it was a bit for him and bit for you, yeah yuk, they were both eating the bone. This was a GSD. It went everywhere with us and obviously for my mother to have taken the photo she was watching, could the dog of taken his face of before she could of done anything, yep.

    I think you have to know your dog, know your kids and also take in the surroundings and circumstances, environment, health of the dog and so on.

    The skids are now 13 & 14 they now know about dogs, how to pick them up, what signals to look for, that the setter has a sore hip from a fall she took etc etc.

    And by the way beautiful photos.

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    Thankyou , those were the last pics we actually got of Macky-boy so they are very special

    mouseandchicken, I toatally agree, you need to know your dog, we never let children in the yard withough first going out with them, and most times we are out the back anyway so are there to supervise. With Mack we had 100% trust, he would let the kids pull anything and he just took it all in his stride, but he absolutly adored the kids!! Even with dogs he had the same nature, he could never understand why dogs would growl at him LOL

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    I have my dog around my neice and nephew and as they are not my children I supervise everything they do but I think the attached photo shows how much my dog loves and protects my nephew.
    Sorry about the photo quality.
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    awww what a gorgeous photo, you can really see the bond between dog and kids when you see pics like that.

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    We discussed this topic a few days ago. I don't agree with leaving children(especially a 3 and 7 year old) alone with dogs.
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    Myf, Im agreeing on this one. No matter how much trust you have in the dog and/or child, the little kid might easily poke the dogs eye accidentally etc and the dog turn on the kid. Supervision is a MUST.
    Last edited by Masha; 04-08-2010 at 10:24 AM. Reason: sentence reconstruction... it didnt make sense loll

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    Gorgeous pictures, that first one is so sweet. Thanks for sharing

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