On Kids

For anyone who hasn’t been reading our earlier posts, we are currently at my parents’ home in rural Virginia.  My 2.5 year old nephew, Rylee has been spending most of his summer out here as well, swimming in the pool and running the land.  One of the biggest decisions on dog breed for me, as well as Paul, was temperment.  I have always grown up with Labs and have sometimes taken for granted their love of all people, including children.  When purchasing my first “out of school” dog I was interested in trying a new breed but wanted to find something good with children like most labs.  Golden Retrievers have always been one of the most popular family dogs because they are so forgiving to a child’s changing moods.  When I was researching Great Danes I read they were also good with children but this popular phrase did not flood the searches like it did with the Golden Retriever.

While being at the house, Rylee was the first interaction the pups had with a child.  Link loves everyone and everything around him and easily forgives Rylee’s heavy hugs.  Eve, on the other hand, has been very interesting to watch interact with a child.  As a female and a Dane, Eve likes to tell people “this is her owner” and “this is her blanket.”  She would bark at Rylee when she didn’t understand why he would give her such a strong squeeze for a hug.  Often she would take off away from him if he came too close to her screaming.  However, we have been trying to reassure her Rylee is human and part of the family which she needs to behave around.  So far, Eve has progressed a great deal and tolerates him much more often running to give him kisses.

-Kyle

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5 responses

  1. Jenny

    Zsu Zsu loves children, so much so he can’t contain his excitement. He likes to jump on people to begin with, but children especially.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

  2. You are both growing so quickly! 🙂

    Your humans have got it right, socialise you both with kids as young puppies and you’ll grow up understanding what those mini type of humans are :p

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

    July 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

  3. AC

    EVE RESTING HER HEAD ON LINK SAW IT (!)

    Oh, kids, right. There’s something about their awkward gate that gets dogs all worked up haha.

    @Jenny Indie still pees a little bit when he sees kids because he’s so excited, and since the south loop is solely inhabited by dogs and toddlers there’s lots of “oops I just peed k now rub my belly as I role over in my pee thnx” moments with Indie.

    July 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  4. @AC…Ha, I bet the Indie voice in your head is just a constant stream of LOLCats…

    July 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

  5. Jenny

    @AC @2guys2pups Nailed it!

    July 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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