I find myself sometimes annoyed by the "don't EVER leave your kid unsupervised, Never trust your dog alone with your child, any dog" comments. Maybe it's just me, though I wonder what exactly people do with their dogs/kids on a daily basis??
If your cooking in the kitchen and your child is in the living room watching T.V., the dogs are sleeping ~ should they be awoke and placed in the kitchen to protect our children?
If your outside playing and the phone rings, should you ignore the call and everyone be made to come in the house to see who called?
If you have to pee should you crate the dog before you go, after all the dog may bite the child?
If your playing a board game in the kitchen and get up to answer a front door should your dogs and child be forced to come as well? What if they are sleeping?
If they are all peacefully asleep on the couch and you go to clean the kitchen or another room should you wake the dogs up and take them with you?
If you take the trash out should everyone accompany you along the journey?
I'm not being sarcastic, but I trust my dogs to not hurt my child. I trust my daughter to not hurt the dogs. She will be 6 shortly, I'm not talking about a 2 year old. She feeds them, helps me take them out, helps to make sure they have water, plays fetch with them alongside me, goes to the vet, gives them their heartworm meds. You name it, she likes to be involved. Though are we really that FREAKED out subconsiously, about the breed? Where do you draw the line? I seriously could not and would not own a dog that I couldn't trust alone for 30 seconds with my child. I'm not blind that an animal is an animal. Nor am I "oh my baby this, my dog is my baby" mush gushy mess. I correct my dogs when they do wrong, they aren't perfect neither is my child for that matter. Though if I had any suspicion that after these last few years of us all together they would gnaw my child's face off ~ they would be dead. I can't be all alone in the world?
Please understand I'm not saying everyone needs to run off leaving their children unsupervised all the time with their dogs either!