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JRT’s with children

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Grace123, May 4, 2021 at 10:41 AM.

  1. Grace123

    Grace123 PetForums Newbie

    Dec 4, 2020
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    Hello all,

    I just wondered what people’s experiences have been with JRTs and children/babies?

    I have an (almost) 1 year old JRT bitch. She has been the SOFTEST, EASIEST puppy in the world. She could not be further away from the “snappy, ankle biting” stereotype that JRTs have.

    At the moment, there are no children or babies in my family. The youngest is 18! So, whilst I am trying my very best to train her and socialise her as much as possible - children is one thing that is missing.

    I have grown up with dogs and I remember my Granny having a Parson terrier and from what I remember (I was only little) she was a sweetheart.

    There will be babies and children in the family one day - and maybe even some of my own (waaaaay into the future).

    So JRTs and children is just something I am curious about? I think JRTs have such a reputation, but all the ones I know and now I have my own are just loyal, loving, affectionate dogs.
  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    Most of the ones I know are also super little dogs but I know one of two that are aggressive with other dogs. That, of course, could be down to the way they've been trained, or not as the case may be.
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  3. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums VIP

    Oct 27, 2018
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    I think it’s very hard to generalise about breeds like this. As you suggest, the dog’s temperament is the key factor. Dogs can often find small children difficult - they (the kids) are unpredictable, move suddenly and have no sense of how to ‘handle’ dogs. In addition, however, it’s a case of managing the introduction and the environment and in particular, not letting situations arise which might allow problems to occur (eg, never leave young children on their own with a dog, no matter how mellow you think it might be; give the dog somewhere it can escape to, etc.) Bear in mind, as we’re apparently worrying about some way in the future, that some (but not all) dogs get a bit less tolerant of small humans (and lots of other things) as they get older.
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