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Old May 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM
friend2animals friend2animals is offline
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Perhaps you can help your child to learn to be more gentle. If your dog is "yelping", it is a clear sign that he/she is feeling pain. The low grumbling sound coming from the dog's throat is a warning sign. Wanting your dog to understand that this type of rough contact is OK, seems futile to me, it just doesn't make sense... When you see your young child about to touch the dog, intervene before it happens, and physically show her how to be more gentle. Your child will learn from your example, but you have to be the teacher in this scenario.

If the rough contact continues, it is highly likely that your dog will decide he's had enough, and bite. Nobody wants this to happen.
On the ragged edge of the world
I'll roam.
And the home of the wolf
Will be my home.
-Robert N. Service
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