|Barked: Tue Nov 29, '11 7:27pm PST |
|I think the woman with the dog's comment was out of line. Add on that she should have at least enough control of her dog to keep it away from a kid.
But I think it also depends on the behaviour of the child.
At the dog park I occasionally visit, I have noticed there tend to be 2 types of kid/parent combinations.
1. The child stays by the parents side and quietly observes the dogs. And politely asks other dog owners if s/he can pet their dogs.
2. Child running amok in the park, throwing sticks around, chasing dogs etc. (Dog usually acting in a similar manner). And parent either supervising thinking their child is safe (and then freaking out when a dog knocks the kid down) or absently chattering away with the other dog park users.
Now obviously, the first one I'd see as fine. Child sticking close to parent should be relatively out of harm's way, and not making themselves a target.
The second one I have an issue with. None of my dogs tend to bother with kids too much, but if one is waving a stick around or kicking a ball I can bet 2 of my 3 would probably try to steal the toy away from the kid, or at least want to.
And really, while their training would prohibit it, it's something I would put down to normal dog behaviour.
If your kid wants to play in the dirt and run around, there are plenty of parks that don't have carnivores 8x the size of the kid running around rambunctiously.
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