Originally Posted by greenmagick
I apologize for coming across that way....that was not at all my intention.
I'm sorry for getting annoyed...Sigh I am getting annoyed a lot online...a sign I need to be spending more time off the computer.
This is a sensitive issue for me as you may have noticed!
I appreciate that as someone just reading something online you can go, "oh that might not be the best idea.." I get that.
I feel like I having been having this debate a lot lately and it is getting to me. As a responsible owner I know and understand that dogs are far from humans (as much as people dress them up) and even the best dog can "snap", or even just have a bad grumpy day or be less friendly when older. My point is that I AM aware of all these things, hence I take a very proactive stance in monitoring my dog's behavior with DD, always looking for some sign that things have crossed over from mutual enjoyment to annoyance on the dog's part.
Maybe this is just my love for my puppy but our dog is unique out of all those that I have owned in that she has a nature unlike my other dog's or even friend's dog's. She is a big strong alpha amongst other dogs, however even to my DD she is completely submissive. Without training, this is just how she is. She is not food aggressive at all. I mean ZERO. She will let everyone in the house eat out of her dish while she watches even if she is super hungry. She is NOT possessive over toys at all. She loves DD, she runs to her the minute she hears a cry, she gets there before I do half the time. She is protective of DD and does not like strangers approaching DD when she is around.
She is unique to me in that she adjusts her behavior for DD. What I mean is that she can and does play rough with my DH (it drives me crazy). She runs around a lot and knocks stuff over. She jumps (terrible habit we are working) on most adults she comes across including DH and I...She does none of this with DD. She moves carefully, she rarely knocks her over unless she straight up doesn't see DD behind. She has NEVER come close to jumping on DD (although DD is short enough to not warrant much jumping). She is gentle with DD, with toys she grabs them slowly and gently, with DH and I she tends to be more rough with her mouth.
All of these behaviors were not trained into her by us. She just "is" this way. I feel very fortunate that we found such a wonderful member of our family.
I can appreciate that someone might say, "oh no! Don't let your DD do that or be alone with the dog etc..." It is just concern on that person's part. I am aware of all the risks and at this point (things can always change, I know and appreciate that very important fact) I am comfortable with how DD interacts with the dog and even with letting them be alone together...
Phew, ok sorry for the novel.