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    I wouldn't let any child under the age of 10 be alone with any dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I completely agree about other ppls kids.

    And that is mainly because I dont trust the kids...not my dogs LOL
    It probably would be more about being able to trust some of the kids
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    I Let the kids alone with Ruby when she was about 5-6 months old. Which was purely for her safety as my buggers (Really Just the Girl) Were VERY rough and I didn't want Ruby to get Hurt.

    The Kids are taught some Pretty simple rules, don't go near her face, don't go near them when they are eating unless when giving them a Treat, don't play rough and no touching her tail (Its very sensitive)

    The Only time she is Never aloud to be alone with them is when they are sleeping.

    I think that's pretty much it.

    Growing Up we were always left alone with dogs and we have always had Bigger dogs. I will only leave them alone with dogs that I know and wont leave them with little dogs as my daughter is very very rough with little ones.

    My dad, and now myself, have drilled into the kids that If a dog starts biting you roll in a ball toward the ground and bury your face with your hands and start screaming.
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    My daughter when she was about 5 was outside while the dogs were having dinner. I hear a "barney no" and turn around. She had Barney by the scruff of the neck (he was way bigger than her and he was about 18 months at that point) and she was ripping a biscuit out of his mouth.

    He had started eating Chevys dinner and I hadnt noticed so she had taken it upon herself to fix LOL.

    So I am not concerned about my guys with my kid. Barney just adores her and always does what she tells him. They have their own special game they invented together many years ago (it involves her wagging his own tail in his face and then him grabbing her elbow) and barney will not play the game with anyone else (I have tried LOL) and he loves it. Plus he would never do anything that might result in any displeasure from his dad...

    Pippi is tiny so cant do much damage but she wouldnt anyway beause our daughter is her replacement mummy...when I am not here she is with the kid LOL.

    Some would see me as irresponsible I guess...and thats fine but I trust my dogs, they have earned and proven that trust is worthy many times over the years and I trust my daughter with the dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I Let the kids alone with Ruby when she was about 5-6 months old. Which was purely for her safety as my buggers (Really Just the Girl) Were VERY rough and I didn't want Ruby to get Hurt.

    The Kids are taught some Pretty simple rules, don't go near her face, don't go near them when they are eating unless when giving them a Treat, don't play rough and no touching her tail (Its very sensitive)

    The Only time she is Never aloud to be alone with them is when they are sleeping.

    I think that's pretty much it.

    Growing Up we were always left alone with dogs and we have always had Bigger dogs. I will only leave them alone with dogs that I know and wont leave them with little dogs as my daughter is very very rough with little ones.

    My dad, and now myself, have drilled into the kids that If a dog starts biting you roll in a ball toward the ground and bury your face with your hands and start screaming.
    The rolling into a ball is a great idea..i would hold off with the screaming as this can send some dogs into extreme prey drive. Quiet is better. I know it goes against the grain, but screaming is often what sets the dogs off.
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    When my 7 year old daughters friends come over I always shut my dogs away even though the parents say it's ok they are used to dogs.My dogs are quite energetic and are shut out of the way as they could knock a child over by accident rather than anything else.

    When Hannah was younger it was more her I could not trust rather than the dogs!As she is older now I am fine with her being alone with the dogs for a while though usually her older sister or I am around or in view of her.If they have a bone or chew they are not left alone with her.

    My 14 year old and her friends are fine though I always check if they like dogs around them and then if they are fine if they mind a dog that wants to sit on them and he is not small!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    The rolling into a ball is a great idea..i would hold off with the screaming as this can send some dogs into extreme prey drive. Quiet is better. I know it goes against the grain, but screaming is often what sets the dogs off.
    The reason we say that is because we are generally just inside or in another room when there is dogs around. If they are quiet we will never know something is happening.
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    i think if you could get the child to yell the worst swearwords it knows and tell the dog it's a bad dog... in angry words - that might be better than squealing like a wounded rabbit or sex crazed cat.

    Really foul words out of the mouths of children tend to draw the attention of adults very quickly. The difficulty is thinking at all when there is a dog trying to hurt you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    i think if you could get the child to yell the worst swearwords it knows and tell the dog it's a bad dog... in angry words - that might be better than squealing like a wounded rabbit or sex crazed cat.

    Really foul words out of the mouths of children tend to draw the attention of adults very quickly. The difficulty is thinking at all when there is a dog trying to hurt you.
    That's exactly right, My kids are only 3 years and 5 years old so keeping things very basic so they can remember in that situation is key.

    Everyone says that they will never leave their dog alone with children but you can turn your back for a few seconds, pop in to take a wizz or get the door for a visitor and things can happen. Its better to prepare your children then to wrap them in cotton wool and think that things will NEVER happen.

    We have even practiced this by getting the kids to play with ruby and saying "she's biting" (Or something along them lines) and get them to show us what to do.

    It may be a game and we have a laugh but hopefully, (Their only little) if they are ever in that situation, they will remember. It may be the thing that saves their lives.
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    LoL @ BL

    Before I got my dog - my brother's kids would accompany me to the toilet - whether I needed their help or not. And now my dog does.

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