Momma to angel Cody
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Boulder, Colorado
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I'm not always on the "dog's side", but I do wonder in a household with small children how much the dog is having to put up with. Be aware that hugging is not a normal canine to canine behavior, and it is only we humans who think hugging is just great. Some dogs really hate being hugged, so don't let your kids do it. That being said, I would institue NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) until I could get a good behaviorist in to evaluate your living circumstances/the dog. You can google NILF, and all of your family members should participate, including the 3-year-old. I have a six-year-old granddaughter, so she plays with her own family's dog as well as my golden. She can be rough, she can tease the dog (not maliciously, but annoyingly nonethless), she can get the dog riled up to play chase and then cry if she gets nicked by a dog nail or jumped on....I allow none of that at my house. She's never been growled at or nipped at my house, but she surely has at her own home. Not one time has it been the dog's "fault", and my granddaughter has been taught how to interact with Roxy.....she just doesn't always listen!
Golden retrievers think life is a party thrown especially for them