Luckily, this scene ended well but I have often wondered how will I explain to Princess A that not all dogs are as patient and friendly as Freckles? Most dogs love playing with her but she is rough and I am afraid some dogs might not like it and bite her. In New York City we walk by tons of unknown dogs everyday and you can never predict which one is friendly. Sometimes the mean looking Pitbull is a soft cuddle bunny and the Yorkie is vicious.
I think for now I have to asses the situation and only let Princess A play with dogs I know. But when she is older and not in a stroller at all times I wonder how I should handle this because if she had it her way she would run up to every dog and start pulling their tails.
I think that when she is older I will say, “Not all dogs like to be played with or are as friendly as Freckles so before you pet a dog you should always ask the owner if the dog is friendly.”
What do you think? How do you educate your children about dogs?