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Thread: Have You Honestly Never Left Your Child Alone with Your Dog?

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    One of the problems i see with other people's kids being around is the protective nature of dogs. It wouldnt take much, maybe a push a playfight or something to trigger the dog into believing your kid is in danger and then reacting.
    Both my dogs were brought up from pups with the kids which i think is also a big thing. Having kids when you already have a dog thats well established in your family can be a different thing.

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    Very similar to most here, I was also brought up unsupervised from a very early age....Had GSD's and Corgis....Silver (GSD) would do the rounds of the house then sleep on my bed with me....

    I refuse point blank to allow other people's children near my current dogs unsupervised.

    Two main reasons....
    1. I hate to see a kid get hurt.
    2. Litigation sucks.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Chipps - thats interesting. I find a lot of people say "supervision with dogs is a must"...

    Not sure what you are asking Lala. Do you mean my supervision was lacking in some way, I missed an obvious trigger, or daughter should have been aware it was a risk?
    Not being defensive, just don't understand your comment.

    Could you please clarify?


    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I hope your daughter was OK for the situation
    Physically: Needed sutures above the eyebrow.

    Emotionally: Was upset, crying. No long term fear or avoidance of dogs. still loves them heaps.

    As for me, I felt a mug....

    Had the Kelpie about 2 weeks, was a pound dog.
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    Aha yeah me too! wee wee or pee pee and poo poo's or poopie

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    As much as I feel for the dogs who are surrendered at the pound, I always have thought that I need a puppy instead of an older dog, as you never know how they were treated beforehand and I just wouldn't risk it around my kids.

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    It's very difficult for me to leave my dog alone with any kids. Because she won't let me out of her sight. She does think 50m or so is close enough but if I go inside without her, she sits at the door and barks. Or worse, scratches. Kiddies find her no fun if I'm not there too.

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    Chipps...sorry i lieft my comment a bit unfinished.

    so many ppl say supervision is a must but your story goes to show it can even happen under supervision.

    my dog Lennox bit/nipped a child once. My friend brang her son K over to play with my daughter A. They were both about 2. We sat just inside the sliding door to the back yard and the kids went outside. K started hitting Lennox on the head with a solid plastic cup thing. His mother told him to stop and removed the cup. He got another cup (I am not sure where from) and started doing it again. His mother removed the cup again and smack his bu. 2 minutes later he was hitting the dog with his hand. Lennox was on a chain as he was an escape artist and couldnt escape from the kid so he grabbed the kids elbow firmly and applied a bit of pressure.

    Kid started crying. Mum started to pack a snot, I said "are you fn kidding?"...anyway, he didnt break the skin but the kid never ever pestered that dog again, and it didnt stop the mother from letting her kid play in the yard either.

    There was a point to that story but Ive forgottn it lol

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    I will say that with our last Heeler we did, I know I will be in for it but I trusted that dog with my life, she had only eyes for her family. This family was what was in her yard.
    SO yes we have done it.
    Murphy on the other hand no way. He is way too boistours for the girls at the moment. He is way stronger than them to.

    Though I will say this as I think it will happen with him to but he has to be an adult first and only if I feel he has got it in him to be trusted. As at this moment he has got this cheeky streak about him. So now no not at the moment.

    And we also have a Grandie the youngest one who is also cheeky. And she will do the lay her haed on the cat and it all looks so cute then she will grab the cats tail and squeeze till the cat meows. So this little Elmira has to be watched with aninmals.

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    Yes , I have

    I expect it of my dogs to tolerate anything ( within reason ) when it comes to the kids.Other peoples children though I still wouldnt leave unattended. Oh and by kids here I'm talking 11.
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    I completely agree about other ppls kids.

    And that is mainly because I dont trust the kids...not my dogs LOL

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    Amen Lala
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    Yep, Di and I were often alone with our dogs growing up. I think it was always the way back then, and probably still is now except the media is right in our face now with so many negative things. It's making people more aware which is a good thing. As Chips said, even being right there can't always prevent something happening, so we just have to do what we can and still enjoy time with our dogs.

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