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Old 06-02-2012, 12:15 AM
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Large dog good with child?

Hello all, I recently had to find a new home for my pit, she was a great dog but I had a daughter 6 months ago and she wasnt good with her at all. I think she saw it as my daughter was getting more attention then she so start attacking or something, tried everything to no avail, but we found her a nice new home (child free) with room to play.

So now I'm looking for a dog that is good with children. I was looking at German Shepards and Australian Cattle Dogs. However in my research it keeps saying they're good with children but they nip as part of their herding mentality, this is unacceptable. I understand teething and that most dogs will need trained not to do this but if its breed in it make me very weary.

Also I need a dog thats good with both exersize and being left alone. What I mean by that is, I jog 3 miles a day and want a running mate. However my wife and I work at the same time so the dog would be alone for 8-9 hours a day so I'm looking for a dog that isnt destructive when left alone. Typicly when we are at work the dog doesn't have free rain of the house but a bathroom, and office (when she can be trusted not to chew cords) or outside after they've been trained not to cry the whole time they're out.

Lastly I'm looking for a larger breed, about the size of a German Shepard, and it would be great if they were easy to train but this isnt mandatory(I do have loads of patients after all).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Perhaps the thing to do is look for a grown dog at a shelter. Many shelters do a great job with temperament testing these days and you would have some idea that way what you are getting into. With a puppy, you don't really know how he or she will be as an adult. Plus, puppies and small children generally are not a good combination as puppies are naturally so jumpy and mouthy for the first year or so, and little kids are extremely stimulating to a puppy because they squeal and wave their arms and run about very enticingly, getting puppies all wound up and wild. Usually this results in tender toddler skin scratched and a crying child who has been knocked down and frightened.
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I agree ^^ Shelters and rescue groups are around the dogs and know their temperaments. They may even know some history on the dog..good with kids, good with cats..
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