|Barked: Fri May 31, '13 1:23pm PST |
|Grah.... SO FRUSTRATING!
I'm pregnant and in my third trimester, and even though I know my dogs are relatively good and tolerant with children, I STILL have NO INTENTION of ever leaving them unsupervised with the baby! Babies/toddlers don't have the same level of thinking we do, and don't understand canine body language. I hate seeing all the posts and media articles about 'my dog mauled my baby' or bit, or whatever and they usually say it was unprovoked or out of nowhere. NOT THE CASE.
Charlie LOVES babies, but he can also have a jealous-streak and he would suffocate a baby with his kisses because he won't back off with the kisses til he's told. Toddlers make him slightly more uncomfortable than any other age because they don't know how to leave a dog alone and will try and try and try to play with him, so I would never, ever, in any situation, leave him unsupervised with my son. Ria loves kids, but she doesn't necessarily realize that she can easily knock them over and HURT them either and she gets stressed by crying.
There's a couple that live next to my MIL with a two year old little girl who tries to PICK UP every smaller sized dog she sees! She met Charlie, wrapped her arms around his neck and was going to try to pick him up! And her parents said NOTHING. I had to step in and say something. Charlie is INCREDIBLY tolerant, but there's a limit to what a dog can tolerate and I'm fully aware of that. She would also go around 'slapping' at dogs! I put Charlie away because I didn't want to stress him out. It makes me wonder how my MIL's dog handles this child, as she's a GSD/Aussie mix who WAS NOT socialized with children AT ALL and has shown major stress signals around them, and even tries to herd them and nips at them on a regular basis.
Even at the Pet Expo, where I volunteered, I was SHOCKED by the number of children that ran right up into dogs faces UNATTENDED by their parents! WTH? I had MAYBE two children the entire day, ASK to pet the dogs we had there, and approach politely and let the dogs sniff them first. Two. And yes, we are generally prepared for such things to happen, but there ARE adoptable dogs that don't handle children as well too and I was just astounded...
I was even surprised at the 'kissing booth' that one rescue did with some Pitties, and while I understand they had very cuddly, kissy Pitties in said booth, the number of people they ENCOURAGED to shove their faces into the dogs faces was... well... shocking, as well.
I love Newfies... But... ugh... Some people.
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