02-22-2014, 12:49 AM
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I haven't read all the replies but just wanted to share my own experiences with dog and small children. When our kids were born we already had 2 dogs for years. Giving the dogs up had never been an option for us. They weren't dangerous or vicious in anyway. But they were still dogs. As our daughters grew older and able to walk and grab, 2 incidents happened. Once with each of the girls. Our one dog, Bullet, altho he usually kept to himself, he did not like certain things so it was almost expected that one day our daughter would do something wrong and that he would snap. He snapped, not bite. Both times at their face and dangerously close to the eye, causing puncture wound in one case. But I saw it happen and it was not a bite, it was open mouth and lunge forward. At any rate, my daughters got hurt, were rattled, and they cried. I calmed them down each time and asked them what they did to cause Bullet to do what he did. The answers were something along the lines of "I was just pulling his ear", and "I was trying to scare him". (Young kids can be really honest sometimes).
We were lucky that Bullet was not a vicious dog wanting to bite, but rather he wanted them to respect his space. And, we used those incidents as teaching opportunities for the kids. They learned real quick that they needed to respect the dogs and I'm happy to say that in 6 years there has never been another incident like that with the kids.
Some dogs are just not meant to coexist with small kids, but NO dog will sit by and do nothing when it feels threatened. They will run and hide and become traumatized, or lash back. You have to be protective of your kids as a mom, but you also have to be protective of your dog.