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Yea I saw this on the BBC website earlier - by the reading of it it must have been the family's own dogs that did this - shocking. Why weren't they more careful giving the breed of dog involved.
 
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They can indeed be lovely dogs but they are just that, dogs, animals are unpredictable. I have a small dog I trust as much as you could ever trust a dog around kids but I still wouldn't leave it alone with my kids. People tend to treat them like human members of the family, it's an unfortunate event and very sad for the people involved but owners need to take some responsibility.
 
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I don't care what anybody says about their dogs but they are not to be trusted.
A dog will go back to its roots given the chance and leaving them around small kids/babies is a time bomb.
We'll probably hear stories about dogs being pushed to the limits with kids and never retaliating but eventually they'll turn.
No doubt we'll have somebody saying "We had Rover for 15 years, we rode on its back, put bangers up his bum and lit them, kicked and punched him but he never turned (he's waiting in the next life).
Never ever trust a dog.
 
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dmpoole said:
I don't care what anybody says about their dogs but they are not to be trusted.
A dog will go back to its roots given the chance and leaving them around small kids/babies is a time bomb.
We'll probably hear stories about dogs being pushed to the limits with kids and never retaliating but eventually they'll turn.
No doubt we'll have somebody saying "We had Rover for 15 years, we rode on its back, put bangers up his bum and lit them, kicked and punched him but he never turned (he's waiting in the next life).
Never ever trust a dog.

It's cats you have to worry about.

I'm a firm believer that dogs respond to stimuli; if they are not trained or treated correctly, they will be a 'bad dog'.

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I'm one that grew up with a dog, used her ears to help me learn how to walk, stood on her back to see out of the window, etc. Not only did she not turn on me for doing so, but she approved of it. When I was struggling to see out of the window she'd apparently come over and lie down beneath it so I could climb on her.

However, she was well-trained and was a 'nice' breed of dog. Not a rotty, bull terrier, doberman, etc. Dalmations have it imbedded into them to be fond of humans, other dalmations and horses - they were used as carriage dogs in ages past. They're fine around kids, but the more aggressive dogs I wouldn't even think of leaving near a baby.

Dalmations even smile :D
 
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dmpoole said:
I don't care what anybody says about their dogs but they are not to be trusted.
A dog will go back to its roots given the chance and leaving them around small kids/babies is a time bomb.
We'll probably hear stories about dogs being pushed to the limits with kids and never retaliating but eventually they'll turn.
No doubt we'll have somebody saying "We had Rover for 15 years, we rode on its back, put bangers up his bum and lit them, kicked and punched him but he never turned (he's waiting in the next life).
Never ever trust a dog.

Your post leave me in lolage and tears.
 
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That any dog with proper training is perfectly fine, probably.

How many times do you hear of police dogs attacking children at random, for example?


Im sure that dog had "proper training" in the eyes of the owner?

Police dogs are working dogs not a family dogs, i wouldnt think they keep them (most of them) around children.

Do you keep one by the way?
 
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ElRazur said:
Im sure that dog had "proper training" in the eyes of the owner?

Police dogs are working dogs not a family dogs, i wouldnt think they keep them (most of them) around children.

Do you keep on by the way?
police dogs are billiant around kids
ex police dogs tend to make the BEST family pets.
 
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I wouldn't trust a dog like that around kids, they are bred to be aggresive, no matter how calm they seem around people, and they have very strong jaws. Some dogs I think you could trust, though its probably not wise to leave them alone with a baby/toddler for long. I wouldn't trust my cat with children, but theres no way a domestic cat could cause that damage so it's hardly the same.
 
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Stories like this pee me off. :mad:

Another animal gets killed because the owners are too blinking stupid to own a fur collar, never mind an dog.

What on earth were they thinking of letting an unsupervised dog in the same room a baby ?

You can be sure that this dog has never had a days training in its life. It's been fed and watered and patted on the head. Certain dogs like Rottys and German Shepherds need reminding who is top dog every day.
A child isn't capable of this, so you never leave them alone with one.

A tragedy for the kid and a tragedy for the dog.
Hopefully someone will recommend that the "parents" don't try and breed again.

I understand its an emotive subject but please refrain from swearing

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I love rotties (No, Rotty, not you. Well, not like that anyway) and they are extremely playful and fun doggies. But they have no purpose around children. They are not nearly as aggressive as Chihuahuas or Yorkshire Terriers, but unfortunately they have power and weight to aid them, even in playful moments. Great guard dogs, though, and very loyal to their owner. But they have no place around children.

Another case of dumb parenting. Probably intentional, too.
 
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