Kids are the most frequent victims of dog bites. Specifically, young boys tend to receive more dogs bites than anyone! If you have a dog, do you know how to tell if you're dog's had enough of kid-time? If you have kids, have you taught them how to interact with dogs so they're safe even when they're not playing with YOUR dog?
Lots of families have great dogs – dogs that let the kids climb on them, dress them up, and use them as toys. Unfortunately, most dogs don't like that kind of interaction. If that's the way your kids learned to interact with dogs, you're setting them up for a dog bite when they do that to someone else's dog. So even if your dog is tolerant, please teach your kids how to properly and safely interact with other dogs.
I wrote about our neighborhood kids climbing onto our fence to say hi to our dogs and the potential dangers. Then I ran across this article by dog behaviorists — complete with videos from You Tube — and posted the link on my Facebook page. Not long after, one of the videos from that article showed up on some of my friend's pages. They thought the video was cute (which it is) and couldn't understand why I was getting "so serious" about a little bit of play between a baby and a dog.
If you have a dog and/or a child, please take a moment to educate yourself on doggie body language. I'd hate to get a call from you because your dog "bit without warning." It's so easy to prevent a bite! Here are some more really good resources to check out (also with lots of really good video): Doggone Safe and Dogs and Storks.
Yes those pictures are cute. But sometimes dogs are protecting their space (example: fenced in yard). My brother-in-laws dog was put to sleep after biting the same boy twice. I wasn’t there to witness, but I heard the boy entered their back yard without permission. Sad that it ended that way. So I think you did a great thing by posting it. It will only keep people aware.