Work them Pet Bulls!
This has been on my mind for awhile.......I have friends and neighbors that leave there children outside in there yards with there dogs unattended. Most of the children are under 5 and 6 years old and I feel like it is an accident waiting to happen regardless of the breed. My best friend who lives next door to me has a 4 year old son who is left outside with a yellow lab and 100 lb Great Dane pup who is about 11 months old. I have called her out on it several times after I have heard the GD growl at her son but she says they are just playing. I have also witnessed her son pulling his tail and kicking the GD and then the GD turns and snaps at the boy. He doesn't bite him but he does snap. I mean a dog can only take so much abuse from a kid and I am afraid that one of these days the outcome won't be pretty. My friend also has an infant son and got the GD puppy to grow up with the kids so he would be able to tolerate children well and be able to take the roughness of the kids. Now the GD and the little boy interact and play all the time and the GD loves the boy but a dog is a dog and at anytime can snap if poked, teased, or taunted over and over again...yes or no? As far as the lab goes....she kind of stays away from all the rough play and confusion between the boy and the GD but when the dogs are playing tug with a toy the little boy gets right in between them and starts pulling the toy from them. Now, as far as some of the other people in my neighborhood......one leaves a GSD outside with there 5 and 6 year olds and again I have seen them teasing and being mean to the dog. Then there is another family with two male boxers up the street from me whos children are also are unattended on a regular basis with there dogs. I know all of these people and we talk on a regular basis so I have brought this topic up to them and they don't seem concerned. I get the "oh, they are fine.....they are just playing":hammer: seriously, I don't care how sweet your dog is! Children can be the worst offenders when it comes to mistreating animals especially when there is no adult around to control the situation and intervene. Am I wrong?? Or is it a legit cause for concern? You always hear those stories on the news of the sweet family dog who mauled the child and the family is in shock because they never expected there dog would turn like that. Just curious how others feel about this topic whether you have children or not.