Main > Babies/Children and Dogs Alone together? (18 replies)
Babies/Children and Dogs Alone together?
by Vixen on 18 June 2012 - 13:06
|No aspersions towards anyone, but interested as to whether you do, or would, leave a baby or young child alone with your dog? |
by Blitzen on 18 June 2012 - 13:14
by Sunsilver on 18 June 2012 - 13:18
Read Brian Killlcommon's book, Childproofing Your Dog. That's his #1 rule!
I'm not sure if this is in his book or someone else's. The family's faithful old dog wound up at the vet's, slated for euthanasia after biting a child.
Fortunately, the vet decided to examine it before putting it down. She found TWO crayons in the dog's ears!
by laura271 on 18 June 2012 - 13:23
|Although only minimal details were released to the news, I'm reminded of the very sad event that happened in Alberta in February 2012 where a Siberian Husky killed a newborn boy. The owners had the dog euthanized.|
by Vixen on 18 June 2012 - 13:23
|DITTO to Blitzen (and above responses) as well. I am personally surprised how many people do, based on saying they are 100% confident of their dog.|
Apart from a baby (presumably not able to reach out to the dog), but are they also 100% sure of their young child?
I fail to understand this positive conviction! Particularly as I am not even 100% sure of myself!!! LOL. For example, I may well be convinced that in certain situations this is how I would behave and act, but until I am in a certain situation, I would have to honestly admit to 99% hopefully confident of myself!
by Jenni78 on 18 June 2012 - 13:36
|Until very recently, I didn't even go to the bathroom and leave my toddler alone with the dogs! The dogs came into the bathroom, or the baby went in his crib. Now, I just leave the door open so I can hear exactly what's going on in the next room. LOL |
by GSDguy08 on 18 June 2012 - 13:42
|Never. I don't care how much I trust my dogs, things happen. Kids may do something to the dog while you're gone, causing the dog to do something back. There have been some so called very trust worthy dogs left alone with children only to end up with a dead child, or a severely mauled child. I trust my dogs in most anything, but that is something I never do. I also never allow my nieces when they're over here to be in a room where the dogs are, or be outside with the dogs if I'm not in that room, or outside as well.|
by delacruz germanshepherds on 18 June 2012 - 15:56
|Never Never |
I trust my dogs with anything, but that is something I never do not even for 2 min.
I also wouldn't trust a cat with young children.
by VanessaT on 18 June 2012 - 18:30
|Nope. It's not that I don't trust my dogs with kids; I don't trust kids with my dogs!|
by brynjulf on 18 June 2012 - 18:35
|Nope I would never leave a dog alone with an infant. I have seen some nasty "supervised" accidents. A freinds lab bumped their toddler into the pool!!! We were all standing there, the child was not injured and it happened in the blink of an eye. Would have been a much different outcome if it had been unsupervised.....A dog could bump a baby into the corner of a coffee table and it could be instant death. Doesnt have to be death by an aggressive animal|
by desert dog on 18 June 2012 - 20:48
by Dawulf on 18 June 2012 - 21:18
|Agree with all other statements. It's not that I don't trust my dogs, its more that I don't trust kids.|
by GSDguy08 on 18 June 2012 - 22:58
|I still remember when my niece was little (she's 10 now, she was four or five at that time) how when "no one was looking" she tried slamming my parents' golden retriever's head into the brick wall over and over. A lot of kids do things like that, many pull their tails, ears, and do all sorts of things that would irritate a dog to the point of biting.|
by dragonfry on 18 June 2012 - 23:12
|That a huge NO.|
I have a friend that lost her 4 year old daughter because she walked inside from working in the yard, thinking the baby was coming in with her. Instead the child went over to the dog's tie out pen where they were staying while their kennel runs were being cleaned. She entered through a gate and approached one of the dog. Appearently the dog circled her while she was petting him and for reasons unknown he bolted. Catching her in the chain and crushing her.
She died instantly. Her mother found her moments later still entangled in the dog's chain.
The papers reported that 3 pit bulls had mauled the child. Not true, no bites were any where on her tiny body. The dogs were not pit bulls. And had never show any human aggression. It's the most horriable accident of any preson i personally know. All her dogs were put down, she had to bury her little girl and charges were brought against her but later dropped.
It changed their lives forever.
It changed my life too.
I've also experience children taunting my very friendly dog. Pelting her with rotten and green oranges. Who after the incident never trusted children again. The pretty much ruined my dog that i was taking to schools for demos, to state fairs and other group activities. I came over the fence and chewed the kids out and told them if i ever saw them teasing my dog again they would have to explain to their parents why this angry lady was dragging the kids back home by their shirt collars.
I don't even have kids but i never trust animals and kids alone together. A dog is just as dangerous as a 10 foot python.
by BabyEagle4U on 19 June 2012 - 04:26
|NOOO to babies or young kids. My son is 14 - I trust he and my dog together now. But never when he was like 12 and under. It took me awhile to allow him to just walk the dog around town by himself when we go visit the city house over-night. (even then the 1-3rd time I sneaked behind them just to make sure she listened to him) She does.|
He still isn't allowed to play ball with her. It's a mandatory Law around here - NOBODY is allowed to play ball with the dog (except me)
Some of the guys at the racetrack can't even handler her playing ball - she's just to demanding, obsessive, in your face - It's MINE MINE MINE - throw it FASTER FASTER FASTER or I'll kill you - is how my Malinois plays ball.
My dog is awesome personality, training, heart, brains, beauty - but show her a ball once and she totally does a 360 in personality an gets medieval on your arse. She knows better to mess with me - but I CANNOT TRUST her with anyone else with a ball. And I will never.
by Felloffher on 19 June 2012 - 05:53
|If you can't supervise kids around dogs, then the kids should always be crated.|
by Felloffher on 19 June 2012 - 05:55
by Niesia on 26 June 2012 - 20:50
|Before answering this question - "Do you leave babies/ young children and dogs alone together?" - Do you leave your babies/young children alone/unsupervised anywhere? With or without dogs? I don't.|
Do I leave my children with my dogs alone in a room - YES. BUT, our 7 year old GSD is a nanny without thumbs. If she could dial 911 I would let her babysit the kids. Any unwanted approaches to our children would have to go through her (doesn't matter whether it is man or beast).
If you would like to see my girl interact with my youngest son at five months old, watch last 26 sec of this 1 min. 26 sec. video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoonOGu_Qf0&feature=channel&list=UL
Are my children 'trained' to be with dogs - YES. Do my kids do stupid things around dogs - YES. I like Fellofer's post...
Can accidents happen? - YES. I can remember one accident when my 4 year old got a bloody nose from an overenthusiastic greeting from my dog. My hubby is still limping on a leg twisted on wet grass when he got pulled off his feet by my 85lb male teenage GSD.
Now pursuant to the idea of trustworthy dogs, I believe that if you have to ask if it is OK to leave your dog with kids, IT IS PROBABLY NOT!!! Deep down, one knows if the animal is completely trustworthy or not. In general I don't leave my kids or dogs alone and unsupervised. I trust my dogs around my my kids. I have to supervise my kids around my dogs.
Would I leave my babies/children around tied up dogs - NEVER!
Do I leave my dog loose in the house with babies/children with the babysitter when we are out? - YES (the dog is additional protection should there be an intruder, as a matter of fact, she won't let anybody else in the house when we are out, good babysitter's boyfriend prevention). The babysitter is instructed (in case of emergency) to go into the kid's room, leave the dog outside of the door and press the panic button. A good trusted dog is an asset not a liability.
Would I ever leave my dogs alone with children other than my own? - NO.
Would I leave my babies/kids with stranger's dogs - NO.
by Rass on 27 June 2012 - 14:37
|Never ever ever ever. |