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So this is off topic, sorta just to rant I guess.
My backyard is under construction for probably the next 2 months. Their putting more concrete and also building a small room as a storage room as we need more space. The dogs are currently confined to half the yard. Thankfully we have a chain link kennel. And they can't go to the other side of the yard for literally their own safety.
Yesterday I was putting Jojo in the large black kennel outside and he decided to start barking at Buddy Bear. I raised my hand and told him to stop. And he felt the need to actually try to bite me that is just not okay. I love this kid but yesterday I was so upset at him. And I'm sure he didn't/doesn't "understand" But this morning I took him out and told him today's a new day.
 

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sometimes dogs get so 'ramped' up when they are barking that when they see something near by (like your hand) they 'think' it is prey, and go for it. If this starts again, try to defuse the situation. Turn around so he is not facing the object they are barking at. Have a treat, so that you can give him that after you turn around. Then, again, the construction may have gotten JoJo a little bit on edge?
 

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I usually have them face away to what I know will make them bark but it was such a quick move to just put him in the crate that I didn't thing about it.

We are all "frustrated" (humans and doggies) to be honest. The dogs don't really understand why they need to stay only on half the yard. And they are all wearing harnesses for their own safety with leashes attached. They also are having "strangers" (they are working) come into the backyard which their definitely not happy about. I just can't wait for this to be over and it's barley begun.
 

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Sounds like you have a good attitude about the whole thing! When Gobo snapped at my 3-year-old daughter's face recently, it took me a few days to feel normal toward him again. My daughter was partly at fault, of course, so I have had to put more measures in place to keep them separated until I can work on their trust of each other again. Honestly, it is Gobo who needs to learn to trust the little human, and the little human needs to learn to give him more space. She loves Gobo and will forgive him for anything!
 

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I don't have children but I definitely would not have reacted the same if say Jojo would have bite my child. It would be a couple of days or more to "forgive" a dog for biting a child. But it was just me and I just let it go as I'm the type of person to hold on to things "forever" So I made an exception so to speak
That's definitely a bit hard but the dog should learn to respect the little human as she is a little one and means no harm.
Personally my dogs don't like kids with the exception of Buddy Bear.
If I ever decide to have kids (my attitude on kids always change lol) I want to make sure I have kid friendly dogs. Because as hard as it is the child does come 1st.
 

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Veering a bit off topic but regarding children and dogs, this is really worthwhile to watch:

https://youtu.be/ABDrhNBwdpk

And just because it's useful to be able to spot early warning signs that your dog (or a strange dog) is uncomfortable with a situation:

 

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I once had an Irish Setter that decided that kids were hurtful. She'd just had her ears treated and packed with antibiotics. I took her for a walk. A young child (about 10 yrs) asked if he could pet her. Not thinking, I said 'sure'. I noticed, too late, that he immediately started to rub her ears. She lifted her lip, and I immediately saw that, and put my hand down over her mouth, and explained that her ears were sore. Too late. From that incident and forever she would growl at young kids. We had no children at home, and just locked her in the kitchen when children were in the house.
 

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Ari, yes it took me a few days to move on from that incident!

Lupin, that is a great graphic! Thankfully, I have seen the warning signs and defused the situation before, but little kids are unpredictable sometimes, so I didn't have time to intervene that time. My management now involves a number of ways to keep the two from sharing space in a way that could cause Gobo fear. I have been getting lax, though, and he got frightened last night. Thankfully, he was in a position to easily move away to a place where he felt safer, and I reminded my daughter again that Gobo is tiny and she can be scary to him. We will get there, or at least I keep telling myself that.

Gobo loves older kids, though, especially boys. He gets so excited when my 11-year-old neighbor boy stops by!
 

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WOW that video. But it really does change the perspective from the dogs point of view.

Reta- I'm sure she'll learn to be a bit nicer. But that is true you can never truly tell with a young child child. But I'm sure your doing a great job.
Aww I'm glad the neighbor's kid gets to play with Gobo, that's cute :)
 
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