Miko was a cranky old man. He didn't like kids, and he didn't like puppies. Anything young was out. If a child or young animal approached him, he immediately started to rumble to warn them off.
Lally loves everybody. Our first Christmas together, we spent with friends. Friends who had a young daughter who thought Lally was just great for hugging. My patient little girl dog let that kid hang all over her and didn't once show her teeth or growl or anything.
Whether it is a pet you are familiar with, or a pet you are meeting for the first time, the best way to keep things under control is to keep yourself and your children calm. Sudden movements and/or loud noises can be scary to the animal in question.
The situation is a little different if you and your child encounter a dog or cat on the street. If the animal approaches you, let it sniff, but don't chase it down to try and pet it! Half of the dogs you may encounter on an afternoon walk may be so busy sniffing that they won't even notice (or care) that you're around.
We have a Daschund that is almost 2 years old. He has shown aggressiveness toward our grandchildren, including biting. We are concerned to the point of seriously considering giving him up, though it is painful. Has anyone had success with behavior training for this specific issue or is this Daschund's personality trait incorrectable? Our grandchildrens' faces seem to be at risk.
Bob from Houston, TX
My little Lucy wasn't around children very much so was never hurt by them but just simply did not like anybody small. Since I didn't have anyone around on a regular basis I just had to put her in her kennel when children did come. I know she needed to be taught but I couldn't risk somebody's face while I was trying to teach her. I couldn't give her up and children aren't frequent visitors so it worked for us.
How can I tell if my American bull dog will get on well with my 7 month old son?
Amy from Craigshill Livingston
Patty you are wrong first of all they are two different breeds of dogs and a loving breed of dog. I have two American bulldogs and three children. I got my first AB when my youngest wast 2. My dog sleeps with her in her bed and my daughter puts hats and scarfs and plays dress up with my dogs all the time. My dogs have never even thought about growling at my kids. They are protective loving family dogs.
I have also had a Pitbull that never barked at all even at other dogs she wouldn't bark she would sit in my drive way and just wag her tail at people walking by. A dogs temperament is all about their owners, If you love your dog they will show you unconditional love.