Children & Dogs
Why do so many dogs have "issues" with kids?
The reason is simple. They are not used to them.
Many modern dog owners get a dog before they have kids and are not around many kids. Then they decide to have children. Their 6 year old dog, who was raised only around adults, now has a child thrust on them, and they do not know what to do. Many times it is just a pack-order issue where the dog is not used to having any younger beings in the house. In a real "dog pack", a younger dog would rarely out rank an older dog. Thus you have a dog thinking that the new child is a lower ranking animal and under their control and discretion.
Fortunately for many dog owners, this is one of the many things that we specialize in. Jeff has years of experience in, not just working with, but successfully solving the dog and child pack-order problem.
Also, another problem that we see is the fear aggression associated with many of the dogs around young and/or energetic kids.
The cause? Again these dogs have not had the proper exposure to children. They are afraid of the short bodies, quick movements, and/or erratic behavior that children exhibit. Even though this is more difficult to work with, in many cases we are able to completely reverse the negative associations with children that the dogs may have.