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Re: Question about dogs

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Posted by Kelly M on October 02, 2003 at 05:43:27:

In Reply to: Question about dogs posted by Christy on October 01, 2003 at 22:58:37:

: Can somebody tell me what type of dog is good with children?

Found this on a site, Hope it helps, Kelly M

You can ask 100 different dog owners and you will get 100 different answers as to which breed is best as a family dog with kids -- It comes down to not only the choice of breed or breeds but also finding a good breeder, one who only breeds temperamentally sound, healthy dogs and also works with their puppy families to help them choose which puppy in the litter is most suitable. A good breeder will evaluate their litter using a temperament test like the Volhard or Hastings method. In every litter you will get submissive shy to assertive and outgoing. Most families do best with a dog in the mid range. The breeder must also put a lot of time into frequent handling of the pups and providing stimulants and socialization. This starts them out as well adjusted pups. I would also never purchase a pup before 8 weeks of age because before 8 weeks they are still learning valuable lessons behaviors (bite inhibition) and manners they need from their siblings and mother. Its also up to the owners to continue providing their dog with proper handling socialization and training if they want a nice pet. There are some great books which provide beneficial info for novice puppy owners. Don't hesitate to screen the breeder and compose a list of questions to ask about their dogs and breeding practices.
It is also important to remember dogs look to their owners to show leadership & consistency, when this is not clear for a dog sometimes the dog will start to develop issues. I don't know if this is what your other pup felt but it can happen with any dog. We still need to be loving and kind but best not to be too soft or attentive to certain behaviors that should be ignored.

It's not wise to keep a dog tied up outside this can cause a lot of behavioral issues for a dog and can lead to aggression.

* note if you choose to adopt from a shelter or rescue the workers can also help determine if a dog is suitable for your family. www.petfinder.com is a good site to check out

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