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Getting dogs used to granddaughter?

As you can see from my signature photo, we have a beautiful little granddaughter Stella, who is now @ 15 months and toddling around.

Each of our dogs are Delta Therapy dogs and have CGC. They are good with older kids and do the READ program.
Although they are great with older kids, they have not been used to tiny tots and actually growled when 2 toddlers chased them around while visiting us last summer (embarrassing me big time btw.) They were not socialized much to tiny kids, as puppies and I guess I didn't do a good enough job with that, because we had no little kids in the family or neighborhood at the time each was a pup.

Things have been different with Stella, as they have been getting used to her very gradually since she was an infant. They come to sniff her and then kind of walk away from her.
Now that she is walking around, I'm wondering what to do if she goes after them. She is used to her 2 big family dogs who are very laid back and let her do anything to them. (Her parents are always supervising her with them.)

Other than supervising closely, what can I do to make Cali and Chico like her more and get more used to her touching them? I try to give them treats when Stella is around so they associate her presence with good things.
I'm a little nervous about this and could use suggestions.
How I wish I had dogs that naturally love kids!

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I have a 2 year old grand daughter that comes over frequently now. The first year it was just for family affairs after that we started keeping her one day a week. When she started walking Smarty growled at her one time. I thought I would pass out. I could see me not seeing my grand baby or having to get rid of Smarty. I put Smarty on the floor in a down, let Bailey pet her and all was well. Smarty just had no idea what this little person was going to do. From that day on Smarty has been Bailey’s guardian when she is here. Smarty stays between Bailey and all new people at the house. Galen growled once and then accepted Bailey as one of the team.

This is their Halloween picture. I have many with Bailey asleep and Smarty watching her. Our fur babies just need to know that this little one is a good thing.
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We got a Havanese because of their good reputation with children since we had two young grandchildren. Kate was three at the time and was easy but since Luke was just over a year old we had to stress to him "Be gentle" and he was! Abby loves them and follows them around when they are visiting - she has certainly lived up to her reputation!

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That picture of Bailey with Galen adoringly looking up at her is SO sweet. I love seeing it.

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I would do the treats so they know they get something good when she's visiting. I give my guys their Kongs to calm them because they're so excited when my sister's boys come over.

Our dogs are great with my nephews who are 3 & 2 and the little 3 year old who lives behind us. They've always been around them and go completely crazy when they come over to visit, they're so happy!

This is my favorite photo of Michael (aged 2) with Scooter.....

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what works best...

Have the child sit down on the floor and allow the dogs to go to them. We had a friend's hav who was scared of kids, I think he had been dropped. So Alana sat on the floor and the dog could come and go as it wished, and treats helped too.

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Have the child sit down on the floor and allow the dogs to go to them. We had a friend's hav who was scared of kids, I think he had been dropped. So Alana sat on the floor and the dog could come and go as it wished, and treats helped too.
great advice, and remember rule number one from Doggone Safe. Dog's don't like hugs and kisses.

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Dexter was very nervous around very young kids because the kids would come to fast at him. Let the dog come to the child. Baby steps.....keep the child calm.



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Thanks for all the great advice.

Stella is coming for a visit today and I'll practice.

Love the pics of Bailey with Galen and Smarty-3 dolls!

And the one of Michael with Scooter is adorable.

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Other than supervising closely, what can I do to make Cali and Chico like her more and get more used to her touching them? I try to give them treats when Stella is around so they associate her presence with good things.
I'm a little nervous about this and could use suggestions.
How I wish I had dogs that naturally love kids!
Since the Havanese haven't been exposed to very young children on a regular basis and have now had a negative experience of being chased, keeping them separated is best in my opinion, until the child is old enough to understand how to properly treat animals. Thankfully the dogs ran away instead of lashing out at the children when they were chased. Movements of toddlers is very different to dogs then older children.

Only allow the two to have contact with each other when you are holding the dog in your lap and can instruct the child how to "pet" the animal. The dogs haven't done anything wrong really, they just don't understand what in the world is up with this "whatever it might be" as it sure doesn't look nor act like mom and dad! <grin>
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