Children move quickly and unexpectedly. They run, yell, scream, scuffle, wrestle, fall, roll, tug and tease. To an uninitiated dog, all this noise and movement can be overstimulating and downright frightening and cause the dog to adopt a fight-or-flight response in the presence of all children.
Unless a child has learned how to behave safely around dogs,
he’ll naturally engage in kid-like behavior — the type of behavior that to a dog who hasn’t been around youngsters, can seem unpredictable and potentially threatening.
A dog will, typically, signalling his distress in subtle ways, such as:
Licking his lips or nose
Yawning or panting
Lowered or tucked tail
Ears pulled or pinned back
When you recognise the signs of subtle-but-building canine stress, you can take action before your dog does.