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    my two are always out the back with our dog, that's the way I grew up too.

    I don't let thier friends play with our dog without supervision, though, just incase, I'm sure nothing would happen, but that is what all owners of dogs that have bitten someone say(he's never even growled at someone before etc)

    I think we're lucky with our dog, he just loves our boys to bits, no matter what they do to him he just thinks its play

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    Agree Jonbax would never have them unsupervised with someone elses kids.

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    I was always cautious with my daughter when she was really little. Not because I didn't trust the dog, but because I didn't trust my daughter. Twice I made a mistake. Once was when there was a storm brewing and my dog was lying under my daughter's bed and I could not get her to come from under it when I went to put my daughter down for a nap. My girl must have been about 2. Next thing I'm in the backyard hanging up the washing and hear this howling, yelping sound. Never heard my dog do that before. When I rushed into her room, I discovered that my daughter had managed to find a screw somewhere and was pricking the dog with it, watching her reaction. I felt very lucky the dog didn't bite then. It was one of the very rare times that I physically disciplined my daughter too. I always told her that if she hurt the dog, I would hurt her as the dog was not allowed to defend itself, so it was up to me to do it for her.

    About 6 months later I went into the next room to quickly grab my daughter some clothes and my dog did nip her. My daughter still remembers this, it is her earliest memory! It actually took months before she told me the truth about what happened! Turned out she'd pinned my dog down with a towel and then sat on top of her. That would do it... I was very upset about it and was asking people if they thought that I should get rid of the dog. But most told me that there was a huge difference between nipping and mauling and I decided that it had been a good test and I now knew that the dog would only nip as a warning if she was cornered. And my daughter treated her with a lot more respect after that!

    Once my daughter was 4ish, I never had a problem with leaving her alone with the dog.

    And when I was a child, us kids were always left alone with the dog. We had dogs that nipped all the kids repeatedly (except for me - maybe because I was the littlest). We did rehome them eventually, but no big drama was made of a nip. I must add that they were small dogs too. I got nipped once by a small dog as a child and I knew then fully well that it was my fault. I had been taught to read a dog's body language and I had ignored the signs of the dog being scared and tried to pat it anyway. It left a nice bruise on my thigh. And I never ignored a dog's body language again.
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    As kids, my brother, sister and I were always left alone with the two dogs. Mum would often go to the shops and leave us with them. I spent hours in the backyard with them, without being checked up on once. In no way do i consider this irresponsible. Agree with Peter, a lot of parents go overboard with sheltering their children these days. I even have flashbacks to my siblings and i pulling on tails and paws, and never a snap from them. In saying that breed does play a part and our dogs have always been very tolerating of children because they were raised with 3 of them. I see a lot of problems arise with people that previously have never socialised their dogs with children and then expect everything to be hunky dory when they have a child.

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    My sister and I were also unsupervised during childhood with our dogs.
    My kids grew up the same way on the farm. Kids and dogs were always together. There were 4 dogs at various groupings during that time, not one bite or nip.

    Those dogs I knew and trusted.
    A feral cat either fell from or jumped from a tree branch on to one of my sons. In a flash the BC cross killed it.

    I was told after the fact and saw the remains.

    My dogs today have had no interaction with kids so they will not be with my grandies.
    As I said before in another thread I might bring Jess out on a lead to see them as she had more socialisation when she lived with my FIL.

    I will either have the kids or the dogs locked in the big dog yard. (it is huge, big shady trees) lol. but never the twain shall meet. Safest scenario all around for my situation.

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    No child has ever been left alone with Batty, I just don't trust kids around dogs. I'm not risking him being pts because a parent is too lazy to watch their kid around my dog.

    That said I don't have kids myself, so probably a moot point.

    I was left around the dogs without supervision a lot while I was growing up. My sister was never around the dogs without adult supervision, I could be trusted not to hurt them. She could not.

    If I did have kids they would never ever be left alone around my dog/s. Ever. I'd feel too guilty if anything did ever happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    If I did have kids they would never ever be left alone around my dog/s. Ever. I'd feel too guilty if anything did ever happen!
    The thing is, that is much easier said than done. If you have an inside dog, it means you have to take them with you if you go to the loo, or get something from the next room, etc. I often used to put my daughter on the couch with the dog when I was there, using the dog as her pillow when she was a baby. Have some very cute photos of that, with my daughter playing with her tail and ears etc. The dog never showed any signs of stress in those situations. Which made me feel confident that the dog would not harm her unprovoked.

    But you can indeed not trust toddlers with animals alone. However, if you train your child how to interact with dogs aswell, there really isn't much to worry about past a certain age. I trust my child around dogs too. She knows how to read their body language and she is very aware of the consequences if she doesn't react appropriately. She is now also somewhat involved in training our new dog, so she has learnt a lot about how to view things from a dog's perspective. But every situation would be different. And it's obviously better to be too cautious than careless when it comes to something like this.
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    Nothing is impossible if you actually want to achieve it. I think it's plain to leave kids unsupervised with dogs, and that is entirely my opinion. Kudos to all the parents who do do it without incident, there are many thousands of you - fact is at this point I doubt I will ever have kids and I'm not leaving anyone elses unsupervised with my dog - the risk to my dogs life is too high IMO.

    It's the provocation that scares me. Most dogs will not bite without provcation BUT kids can and do provoke dogs just because they can. If you're not there to stop the provocation the dog will.

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    As I said, not safe with toddlers because of the provocation factor, but it can be safe with older kids if they have been taught well. I know kids who cannot be trusted to act sensibly in any situation even at the age of 7+, but my child is not one of them.

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    I was left alone with my dogs as a kid, I haven't ever been bitten, maybe nipped. I used to leave my eldest daughter around my blue heeler x, Attila, he was a beautiful natured dog. When she was 2ish, she used to stick her fingers in his mouth and annoy him, and he would tolerate it. He would look at me as if to say " does she really need to do that" lol. If he was too bothered, he would just get up and walk away. If he was eating or in his kennel, i would make sure she left him alone. He needed some places of his own lol.

    Now that we have Oskar, and that the kids are older, they are being taught to leave him alone when he is napping. I have taught them to feed him, and to stick their fingers in his bowl while he is eating, then leave him alone....no one likes to be hassled while eating. He nips them sometimes when he is in a playful mood, but I explain that he is just playing. He is just a beautifully natured dog. However I wouldn't leave him unsupervised with someone elses kids, because they don't know how to treat him, nor do I let my children go up to other unsupervised dogs.

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