Is it just me or are there a lot more dog phobic children around now? I just got back from taking Otto for a walk around the reservoir. There were loads of families there with kids of all ages and I was quite surprised by a lot of their reactions to Otto. About 50% of children ignored him/smiled at him, one girl (about 4yrs) asked if she could stroke him at her mother's urging but the rest seemed terrified of him. Admittedly Otts is very waggy and interested in everything around him but he is a small pup on a short lead and I don't let him near enough to touch other people unless they want to meet him at which point he is made to sit and the worst he does is go wriggly and a bit licky. I was particularly worried by the parents who grabbed their children as soon as they saw Otto and hid them away from him as if he has a rabid werewolf. It's no wonder these kids are growing up to be afraid! I'm all for kids asking permission before approaching strange dogs but isn't this going a bit far?