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Why I don't like most "cute" dog videos!

Ok, so I was looking at my facebook and I noticed this video on my news feed. I don't know if it's because of my experience as a groomer and learning how to really "read" a dog's body language, or if it's my inner "Negative Nancy" coming out, but this video, another cute-small-child-with-large-dog video, kind of rubs me the wrong way. I think it's becoming dangerous that people are posting these and people are reading the dogs as if they are humans. When I see the dog, although she appears very tollerant of the child, she puts her paw on the child's shoulder. The viewer is supposed to go, OH, look at how compassionate that dog is! She is comforting him! She is actually, (at least in my opinion and I am not a dog behaviorist), holding the child away so he doesn't crawl on her head, which he does at one point, and those lucky people that she didn't snap at him in the face! Now, I am not someone that is bothered by children being around dogs, I just think people need to educate themselves about what the dog is saying and gauging how much the dog can tollerate. She may have been tollerant one minute, but it only takes a fraction of a second for a dog bite to occur.

So that is my rant. People need to educate themselves about how to properly read a dog and not project human's perspectives on them! Ok I'm done now.

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It's a lab I think and they are so trustworthy on the one hand; on the other, you could read the child a little differently too. Although she reaches with interest in a couple of spots, it almost seems as if she's being cornered by the dog and she keeps removing its paw from her leg. Very complicated and interesting. Thanks for posting it and for your wise counsel.

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I agree about this video. It seems to me the child is trying to get away and cannot because he/she is backed up against the wall.

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I totally agree. I find it quite distressing people are reading it so incorrectly.
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There a lot of dogs put down because they snapped at a child that was pulling their ears or worse--not even breaking the skin--just doing what a mama dog does to her pups when they get to rough. I would not trust any big dog with a baby unless I knew that it had been trained to withstand anything a child could innocently or otherwise do to the dog. I had seen this video before and thought that the child was afraid of the dog and shouldn't have been put in that situation. Dogs are not human babies and never will be.

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