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      for those of you without kids

      How excited does your dog get to see them, and how did you practice getting your lab used to kids?

      Archie ADORES kids.

      I'd really like him to be able to meet kids on walks - he would love it, the kids love it. Despite all the practice with polite greetings, it seems kids are his focus kryptonite - it's too bad, he loves them so much
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      Bogey is really good with anyone. One day at the park a group of preschoolers wanted to meet him. 5 kids. One was a screamer (every time Bogey looked at her she screamed!). One of them had a corn dog on a stick. She hid it behind her back when she came over to pet him. Before they came over, I put him in a sit and he was calm and happy to get all the attention (and yes, he did try to get that corndog!).

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      Daisy is a little scared around them. Our neighbor has a toddler that is absolutely obsessed with her. He bangs on the slider when he sees her outside and always tries to pet her. She's just shy though, almost seems like she wants to get close but is scared of hurting him.

      Lily on the other hand can't get enough of kids. She cries when she sees them. I think she likes them the most because she's a tiny dog and kids are just tiny humans.

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      My niece used to sit on Coopers back when he was laying down and pull his ears et all. When he had enough he would just give his bum a little wiggle to let her know he was getting up. He adored her because she was a good source of food as she constantly dropped food on the floor or had food spilled on her bib or clothes.
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      If Misty had been with us that day in the park I would have had to tell the kids no. It's sad. I really think that the family that had her before had a small child--probably a girl--who was allowed to hurt her. Misty is terrified of small kids--especially the jumpy kinds (like the screamer above). I also think the father in the family was mean to Misty--probably hitting her for lashing out at the child who had hurt her. Her redeemer must have been the mother as she seems to warm up to women 10 times faster than to a man.

      Having Misty in the office where all the employees but me and another are male was difficult at first (when we first adopted her we started taking her to the office). I eventually had to tell each employee that if they wanted her to like them, they'd have to get down on her level and be patient. She seems to like them all now, but still won't let many of them pet her.

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      I am currently raising a puppy with a preschooler- so she is relatively calm around kids because I think she sees so many at our house, in the neighborhood, parks, etc. So many labs love kids and I think they really struggle to control themselves around them when children are more of a novelty. I got my first dog in grad school and was single and childless, and he LOVED kids, and could barely contain himself around them. Luckily I had a neighbor at the time with 11, 9, and 8 year old girls. The loved helping me "train" him by only petting him when he sat reasonably calmly or layed down for belly rubs. It took so practice, but he eventually caught on and learned to taper his excitement. It might help if you can find some older kids who can help out by only petting him if he is reasonably calm. They do calm down with age also. My dog was 12 when my daughter was born and he was amazingly loving and gentle with her.

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      It's funny, maybe it's because they're labs, but I never did anything to get my dogs used to children. Yet they still are fine with them. I don't have kids, most of my friends don't either, so there just aren't many opportunities. I do have 3 nephews, but they live in another state, so we don't see them much either. I can tell Brandy is not fond of kids (she must get that from me, LOL), but she tolerates them. If they start to bother her, she will get up and walk away, which is my cue to remove her from the situation. I don't think she would ever bite or anything, but I don't want her to be uncomfortable or annoyed. Lily just loves everyone, big or small. I wouldn't trust her around very small children because new people make her very excited and I would be worried about her trying to jump up or just being too rambunctious. This past Christmas, she met my nephews for the first time and really didn't pay too much attention to them after a few initial sniffs. She was having more fun playing with my sister's dogs and humping the Build-A-Bear reindeer my sister spent a fortune on (which was hilarious for me btw, but I digress).

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      It was funny, last night we were out on a walk and a little girl ran up and asked to pet Archie. I had her get him to sit, and when she tried to pet him, he just couldn't contain his wiggle and nearly jumped out of his skin to get at her.

      By the third try, little girl wasn't interested anymore. I would have practiced all night! I need to find someone who will lend me their kid for a couple of hours That would be the most fun training Archie ever had

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      We started as soon as they came home. Our neighborhood was full of kids of all ages and I'd take them thru there and to a campground with a playground. We practiced from day one that they had to keep their feet and/or butt on the ground to meet kids. The biggest mistake we made was that people started asking them to jump up on them in greeting and before we could correct the behavior, it became habit for them to jump up on adults.

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      Bacon LOVES Kids! I think the best moment as a doggie momma for me was when we were at the dog park, there was a little 3 year old girl there with her parents and 2 mastiffs. A 5 month old golden got the zoomies right near her and knocked her to the ground. She wasnt hurt, but started to cry. Bacon zoomed over, sniffs the girls face, then kisses her until she giggles. Her mom came over to me and thanked me for my loving, sweet dog I was so proud!
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