Kids & Dogs (Particularly Terriers)

23 Oct

I’m of the opinion that Border Terriers are just naturally good with kids, given the proper exposure to them. Wally adores kids! Most Terriers, however, are not quite so naturally wonderful. Emma over at Emma & Miles did a great post on kids and Terriers, one I recommend reading no matter what breed you want. Even if you don’t have or want kids your dog should comfortable around them; the last thing you want is a dog that hates kids! For a dog to be safe in our society it has to be respectful and polite to all people, regardless of age, size, race, etc. Not to mention that owning a friendly dog makes your life exponentially less stressful.

Children & Dogs: With a Special Focus On Welsh Terriers and Other High Prey Drive Breeds


Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Other Stuff


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4 responses to “Kids & Dogs (Particularly Terriers)

  1. Emma

    October 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Cassie.

    I am not surprised to hear that Wally is as sweet with kids as he looks. I love Mr. Wally :)

    Miles loves children — but his prey drive throws things off. It and can cause him to appear dangerous. A lot of times with terriers, it isn’t whether they are good or bad, but a problem of how their specific behaviour can be so easily misunderstood. So, with that said, as I say in the article, I don’t blame parents who worry when a dog is running towards their child at lightning speed, and growling hysterically no less!

    • Cassafrass

      October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      You are most welcome! I find that even though Wally is very, VERY friendly towards kids they are often intimidated by his enthusiasm. Since I definitely don’t want to be the cause of childhood dog trauma I always try really hard to keep the interaction low key. Easier said than done though! Wally has improved a lot though as he’s gotten older, so we’re headed in the right direction. :)

  2. donnellday

    October 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Our Border loves kids and is SO patient. We raised her around school pickups and kindy drop offs so she was regularily petted by tiny kiddies and got to know her role in the world that way! She is a very little border and still looks like a puppy (and so is ALWAYS approached by kids – its the AW how cute – despite being 18months now) so it was important to us that she is well behaved. The school is thankfully brilliant at allowing dogs in the school (with an adult and on a lead) so both kids and dogs have a good exposure to each other. Makes a huge difference! We are training her (and the school kids) to get her to SIT when she wants a pat or greet each other!

    • Cassafrass

      October 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      You lucked out with such a primo location! Not having kids myself, nor friends with kids, it was a challenge to find places Wally could interact with them. Luckily we got him during parade season, so he was able to attend a couple public parades, exposing him to everything from kids to marching bands!

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