Originally Posted by lucklein
I have been noticing that a lot of incidents happen when dogs are supposedly being "supervised". A girls was mauled to death near where I live and the family claimed the child was "being supervised" by an adult. It later was reported that the adult left the child in the yard, alone with two large dogs, "just for a minute" when the attack happened. Another one where a woman and her child were attacked in their house by a dog. It later turned out that there was also a female dog in heat in the house at the time the attack occurred. A recent post about a puppy being choked to death by a choke chain at a training facility, but the dogs were "supervised". There are probably more, but you get the idea of what I'm saying.
What is your definition of "supervision"?
I agree with the others - active supervision is being there at the time, observing dogs & children. However, it's virtually impossible
to supervise a dog 24/7. Even if you worked at home you'd still have to leave the dog for some reason unsupervised with others - example, answering an inside phone call.
And for the record - not to be rude - but only a fool uses a choke on a puppy. 1st it's a half assed way of training and 2nd you may, I'm told, damage the dog's throat before it's matured. 6 months is earliest a choke can be used with caution.
However how many reports [in the news] of children being mauled / attacked, people being attacked, etc. happen to involve dogs from the lower quarter of society where training
is not to piddle in the house and that's about it. I mean people widely blame pits - a breed that was never
supposed to be human aggressive and which has been ruined really solely through want-a-be thugs and gangsters looking for a dog to defend their illegal activities and poor BYB breeders looking for a quick buck.
I'm just saying this because my uncle has a Boerboel [African mastiff] and he leaves his children with this dog and does his own thing. I've watched this dog myself, as I am not 100% with leaving kids with big dogs, and she will lie down and merely ignore what his kids [8 and 11] are doing. The most she'll do is thump her tail and go back to sleep if one of them pets her.
Athena is 8, he's had her since she was a pup and trained her thoroughly. But
long before he even allowed his kids to stay unsupervised he was training both the dog and the child how to react to one another... essentially training his kids in the to dos and not to dos. That's something I think a lot of people overlook when getting dogs particularly with kids.
Not sure about you but if I was a dog, if some brat was tugging on my ear I'd get a little annoyed.
Sorry, got a tad off track.
However, as you can't supervise 24/7 instead of waiting for an issue to occur nip it in the bud
if your dog isn't good with kids - tell the parents
train your kids how to treat dogs - they're not toys, you want a toy buy one of those "robot" dog things
if your dog is nervous to strangers - tell them
and on and on.
Sorry I have done some shelter work and the absolute stupidity I've heard about the "history" of dogs turned in makes you wonder half the time if the owner is "playing with a full deck".