"You have liberated me from a lifetime fear. I have had Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy, but it did not come anywhere near close to what happened today. Its hard
to believe that I stroked those dogs"
"I did not think my fear of dogs would be resolved in one training session!
I believe this was possible through the excellent interpersonal skills and
friendliness of the trainers"
"I stroked a Rottweiler!!"
Dogs and Children
Children and dogs can be a wonderful mix as long as both parties know the
rules and stick to them. Some dogs are very forgiving of rough handling and the
often strange and animated behaviour of children; others are not.
Depending on the type of dog that you own and their individual temperament and personality
some may perceive your children's friends as intruders on the territory. The fact
that your children bring them home does not much alter this perception. Some children
will be accepted, but others may not through their own peculiarities.
Children that are timid or over animated, excited or noisy in play may stimulate
a dog’s natural response to bite. Controlling children other than your own is difficult
to say the least. Children who ignore the dog totally and do not impose on the dog
at all or try to initially befriend tend to do best.
At social gatherings children are often present and for the same reasons proffered
as above and some dogs can be triggered through into nipping a child. Most of this
type of aggression is threats via growling and the occasional snap or bite. It’s
very unusual for an all out attack.
That said, your own children and those visiting your home need to be aware of the
safety rules surrounding dogs and the dogs need to be aware of the rules of engagement
with children. We offer workshops to address keeping your children safe around your