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Old 11-19-2012, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, we have learned that little Jack does not like young kids. A little girl came to the door selling something and she bent down to pet Addie and before DH knew it Jack went after the girl. He nipped her pants leg. Then on Saturday a couple of boys were running a remote controlled car in front of our house. They were kind of pestering the pups with it, I asked them to stop. I guess Jack remembered cause the next day, the kid tried to come see him and Jack jumped up and bit him in the crotch. Fortunately, again he just got his pants. Adults and older kids don't serm to cause this aggression. I'm not aware of any incident that has caused him to be scared or defensive. Can't you see the news story now..viscious dog attack..5lb maltese wanted.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My little Alvin was like that with kids too. He would bite the plantation blinds in pure frustration at them playing outside. Funny though, he love his kids who were 3 and 6 when we got him. Little boys used to come to my house to play with my sons and stick their little heads in timidly and say, "Miss Laura, can you get Alvin so I can I can run down to the basement?" He would chase them all over the house snipping at them. One of my oldest son's friends was talking about it the other day while petting calm Dusty. He was scared to death of Alvin, up until Alvin's death!b The kid was 15 then!
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine are terrified of young children.. I do not let my girls "answer" the door..they stay gated in the family room..glad little Jack didn't do any damage to the little people..
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Gosh - that's such a shame. Tyler loves kids, big and little. He never met a person he didn't like. We have a little screaming (screeching) 2.5 year old living in the apt next to ours and Tyler doesn't even freak from him. He runs a little and then comes back to play with him.
I would try to get help to change Jack's reactions. It's lucky he didn't hurt either of the kids but that could have been luck at this point. I would work with a behaviorist or trainer to sort it out and work on changing it.
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Pipper LOVES kids. Probably because he's always been around young kids. My grandchildren are ages 7, 2 1/2, and 2 1/2 months and he loves everyone of them.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My three are so so. when kids are around I tell them to crouch down a bit further away and hold out their hands that way the three can smell and ensure that they are not enimies :-)
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I would try to get help to change Jack's reactions. It's lucky he didn't hurt either of the kids but that could have been luck at this point. I would work with a behaviorist or trainer to sort it out and work on changing it.
I agree with Sue. This is very serious behavior which needs to be dealt with before a child is injured. You were very lucky neither bite broke the skin. Even a little Maltese can do serious damage to a child's face. If it had, doctors are required by law to report the bite to the state. Dogs with bites on their record risk mandatory euthanasia. You also could face a lawsuit if a child is bitten.
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Sophie loves EVERYBODY. I have never met a more friendly pup. Though she's my first non-rescue. But I take her to work with me everyday with a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old. They love her to bits and are so careful with her. But they do get high energy right after meals, so during that time she's in her xpen
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I really think Jack felt threathened. If I had been present I would have put him in sit and asked the kids to crouch and let him sniff them. I don't think he means to be viscous, but I won't take any chances. I will talk with the trainer that we used a few months back. At that time she had wanted me to continue his training as she thought he could get the CGC.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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All of mine have been around Rosslyn and some siblings of the infants that I care for. They all love kids! The kids will sit on the floor and get smothered with kisses until they can't stand it!!LOL!! I had a male that was as gentle as they come, but he wasn't crazy about kids either. I think, like Jack he felt threatened or intimidated by them.
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