Dogs were always depicted as wonderful companions to children – maybe misbehaving a bit for laughs, but always redeemed and charming in the end. And even when dogs do misbehave in the movies, no one ever gets hurt, the dogs and people are always fine, and life goes on.
And then there are those great memories of our childhood dogs or the neighbor’s dog – hanging out together, being comforted, or playing all day.
Obviously, life with real dogs has nothing to do with the fantasy land of Hollywood and is also often different from how we remember the dogs of our youth. If it was a family or neighbor dog and so well-behaved that you never got bitten, growled at, or knocked down, some adult was clearly looking out for your well-being. If you live with kids and dogs, that attentive and responsible adult is now YOU.
Expectations based on our fond memories of canines and/or media depictions of dogs are the two biggest contributors to the number of calls I get from parents about problems between their canine and human kids.