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    Our youngest Granddaughter just plainly doesn't like dogs, cats she is fine with.
    And as soon as Murphy gets close to her she starts to whing over it.
    So I thought this can't go on as Murphy is here to stay so she has to get over this.
    So I sat her on the edge of the couch had Murphy sit on the floor in front of her. Then I got the sausage treats Igive him for training. But I gave it to our little one. I told her to give it to Murphy which she did. After a few treats her hand was going down his mouth. I done this with about 15 or so treats then stopped.
    My little one was better for the rest of the day. Then she came here today again so the same thing happened Murphy went close to her so I repeated it all over again. And this settled her down much more.
    So I will continue to do this till I get her to not react towards Murphy going to her.
    Oh by the way, Murphy just love the girls so I really want this to work, and this was the solution I came up with.

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    I am not sure if all puppies totally love children but Snoop certainly does.
    We had my Brothers' family stay over the weekend and the kids 6 & 4 yrs were wary of him as he was just too overjoyed & excited and became jumpy around them.
    He is such a big pup now, I just had to keep him outside or chewing bones in our bedroom. However by the second day the little girl, 4 took a firm tone with him and I was astounded to see she had him sitting on his mat totally cowed. She was saying "you snoop! sit and stay there and you be good"
    I said good girl you showed him you are the boss and she replied "now he understands". (!)He followed her around meekly (walking behind) for the rest of the afternoon. My wonderful sister in law also taught him to fetch and bring the ball back. He is a boisterous boy but when we go to the park he loves to just sit still and watch the children in the playground for 15-20 minutes or so. I think he may be a short haired pointer dog- he has no herding instinct at all. All the best with Murphy - such a cutie!

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    I should have put that he is always jumping up to the girls to, but totally forgot to add that in. And yes Murphy is learning how to behave about the girls and the cat to, though I am thinking it will be easier with the girls as they have got mouths to tell him NO. Which the youngest one can now say real well. The cat I am getting Murphy on the bed while the cat is there and I hold him back so they can, sorry so Murphy can learn his manners with her.

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    I should have added in this to but I forgot.
    Our girls were here for tea just last night and I go the oldest one to help me do a little more in desensitizing.
    I put Murphy's meal down on the floor and told him he could have it. While eating it I gave him a pat on his head and side. No problems there at all.
    Then I got the 6 year old to do the same to him but asked her to do it a little longer. Murphy wagged his tail happily while he ate and was being patted.
    Then I got her to stop gave him a rest from it then do it once more and nothing.
    I was so proud of both of them and I told the little one that she was helping me train Murphy and so was chuffed that I said that.
    So it all went really well. I think as responsible owners we have to do this to our dogs if we have kids about time to time.

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    I wouldn't be doing this.
    Not food a dog and a kid especially as they are not there all the time.
    I would leave the dog to eat in peace. It could only take one snap on a day that Murphy isn't feeling the best and whammo.
    There are many other areas to desensitise that are less fraught with inherent danger IMO

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    I think I should clarify my post.
    All my 4 (YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS 4 now as I got Jessie back) I did exactly as you are doing. I wanted them to allow me to take something from their mouths if indeed at some time that I had to.

    I would not be letting a grandie do it though.

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    Totally understand what you are saying here and it does sound bad if I was reading it to.
    But it isn't bad as I was there and i told her this only can happen when I am around and at this time I was closer to Murphy than her so I knew if anything did happen I was able to get in the way.
    And not for one minute would I put my presious Granddaughter in danger as any stage.
    I have a good reading of him already and I knew he would never at this stage be food aggressive, later could well be a different thing.
    I have been putting my hand in his food from the day we got him. My wife has done it too, so as I said I know he would be totally okay with it.
    But thank you for worring about my little one, and I do understand where you coming from.

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    I also still every now and then take a bone etc from them then give it back with great praise just to see if nothing changes.

    So far so good and they are 2 at the end of october.

    People advise against having 2 littermates..wonder what they would say about 3, lol.

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    I would not have a clue.
    We are still at that horrible puppy stage.
    Today Murphy was helping the wife weed and water.
    Yep he grabs a weed and drags it until it breaks of comes out then runs off with it.
    The watering he love the hose and wants to get the hose to where he wants it.
    I then have to get the towel out to dry him so he can comein again.

    And we were so close to telling the people who we got Murphy of, that if they had a hard time in gettign rid of the last pup a female with 2 eye patches, we would consider taking her to.
    When we went to pay for him, the lady said that the three remaining pup including the little girl. The 2 bigger ones including the mother the lady though to had picked on the little girl and she had to go to the vet to be stitched up.
    So we thought that she may have some bad reactions laterin her life so we decided not to even offer, but she was so cute and it was hard to walk away from her.

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    Dogs - especially pups - are pretty resilient. I know a dog who saw his litter mate get mauled to death by his father when he was a few weeks old. Still loves all dogs he meets, never showed any fear of them.

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