From time to time I put bits of information about life with dogs that I myself have experienced or have had to help deal with consequences involved in issues that can result in harm – further down you will see advice about toys/food/elderly and sick dogs etc.  Here is one that is particularly well portrayed in the picture and needs to be taken very seriously where children and dogs are together…. no matter whether they be the family children, grandchildren (as in my case) or visiting children.  It looks innocent enough, but this dog could be a split second away from biting this child in the face, because all his signals are there because he feels threatened and worried.  The child means no harm as such and cannot be expected to understand or read those signals……ADULTS be aware and never leave young children alone with dogs EVEN those we think are normally patient and well behaved….. dogs have their ‘off’ days too where small, noisy, boisterous children are concerned!


It only takes a second for this to become dangerous and it’s not the dog’s or the child’s fault…’s the adults in charge!

Written by dog::links

dog::links is based near Rodez in the Aveyron, France. We help to find foster homes, temporary support, and permanent homes for dogs in need. dog::links is registered as a not-for-profit association (loi de 1901) in France, n° W122004359.


  1. Never a truer word said Evelyn, dogs are not toys no matter how gentle they maybe…
    My children were never left alone with my dogs & if they touched them without asking me it was the child in trouble…Please take notice of this it is very true !!!!!!

  2. Hi Evelyn,the picture accompanying Pay Attention To This struck fear into my heart as i had exactly that scenario many years ago thankfully however with a huge piece of thickened glass on a sliding door between dog and child.My dog had an iffy character to say the least with aggression issues,hence he was never ever allowed near a child……he was one side of the glass,the child the other, the picture you showed was the exact scene in the second before he attacked…..despite the glass preventing any injury it was still incredibly scary and everyone was shaken up by it.I think it is a good thing indeed to educate and remind us of warning signs that could literally save serious injury or even a life.Thank you .Michele

  3. People just do not understand the body language of dogs that is why you have so many attacks
    The dog is warning you in the only way it knows how but alas it falls on to deaf ears….
    I never left my kids alone with my dogs after the day I had our son in his crib & I saw one of my terriers looking at him with a look on it’s face I have never forgotten, as far as the dog was concerned he was a rat or mouse as he was making some funny noises……
    From that day to this I have always put the dogs away when the grand children come calling..
    Better safe than sorry !!!!!

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