Chico and Cali
Join Date: Jul 2007
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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!
Chico, Cali, and Finnegan