|Barked: Wed Dec 10, '08 7:30pm PST |
|I don't have too much to add, since there has been a lot of good advice given, I just wanted to give my two cents.
On the kid issue, I believe BC's get a bad name and that the breed is not actually inherently bad with kids. I took two of my dogs Maddie my oldest bitch and Wylie my young and hyperactive male to visit my niece and nephew, both of which are mildly autistic.
With no training around young kids to fall back on, both dogs adapted beautifully and adored those kids. Even with the random screaming that comes out of the youngest child, there was no hint of nipping or aggression. With my nephew rolling all over the floor screaming, Wylie's reaction was to lie down beside him and put his paws on his chest while licking his face.
I don't believe I have some kind of special saintly dogs, I believe that it's all about training. My dogs can play with rabbits, birds, kittens, sheep or anything else I throw at them and they KNOW that they are not allowed to be rough.
With the way you describe what happened, I don't think the dog is aggressive and/or dominant either. It's complete lack of understanding that with smaller people/animals he has to be gentle. Wylie is very possessive of the ball when we are playing and sometimes he snaps at the ball when I'm trying to pick it up, but that same dog is the one who I take to work to play with puppies. I work for a kennel that breeds Labs and he is the local puppy sitter lol. He's also the favourite of the two little kids I babysit and who love to take my dogs out to play.
So I guess what I'm saying is that these are smart dogs, they learn fast and they know the difference between right and wrong once they've been taught. Wylie would never in a million years bite anyone even though he is very much the stereotypical hyperactive BC. There is a good chance Chauncy can be the same if given the training he needs. Good luck and keep up updated
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