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Would you use a CM with a Rottweiler?

(161 Posts)
McBear Thu 26-Jun-14 13:12:39

I'm thinking of a career change and would love to be a CM.

My issues are that I don't have a 'play room', I'd just be using the front room but that's what my CM does so no worries there really.

My other is that my pooch is a rottie. He's very small for a rott and he's very very lovely. Mostly, I'd probably keep them separated anyway but I know some people hear Rottweiler and run a mile.

Would something this trivial put people off? Most CMs have dogs from what I see...

Pinotgrigioplease Thu 26-Jun-14 13:14:55

I would as every rottie I have ever met has been lovely.

I suppose it would depend on other peoples opinions, if they have no personal experience of them they may not be so keen.

And my childminder also uses her front room, no separate playroom either.

benfoldsfive Thu 26-Jun-14 13:20:09

No. I wouldnt use a cm with any kind if dog though. I would also be looking for a seperate playroom too. Im sure there are plenty if people that wouldnt mind either issue tbh. So i'm not much help lol

spekulatius Thu 26-Jun-14 13:22:06

I would run a mile. My childminder has a dog but it's a really small teddy dog. My daughter loves it though I wasn't very keen. It has been good for her and it's better that I'm not there so she doesn't learn fear of dogs from me. grin

s88 Thu 26-Jun-14 13:23:03

No but I wouldn't use a childminder with any dog . I think any dog can snap regardless of breed .

MummyBeerest Thu 26-Jun-14 13:26:52

I stay at home with my Rottweiler. It's a personal choice. grin

I wouldn't mind at all, so long as the children were never left alone with it and were shown how to socialise with it by the CM.

Southpaws Thu 26-Jun-14 13:27:19

Never in a million years. Sorry!

tabulahrasa Thu 26-Jun-14 13:29:02

I have one, so it wouldn't bother me at all, lol.

The thing is, having a dog at all ours people off and a rottie more so, so yes I do think it might cost you mindees, but, probably not so many that it will affect you.

CanaryYellow Thu 26-Jun-14 13:29:15

No I wouldn't, sorry. In fact, I wouldn't use a childminder who had any kind of dog.

JollyGolightly Thu 26-Jun-14 13:29:17

No, nor any other dog.

tabulahrasa Thu 26-Jun-14 13:29:35

Ours = puts

LexieSinclair Thu 26-Jun-14 13:30:19

No, definitely not.

OryxCrake Thu 26-Jun-14 13:31:15

I'm sorry - I wouldn't, although I appreciate that may be my own fear of dogs and lack of knowledge speaking.

addictedtolatte Thu 26-Jun-14 13:32:55

Absolutely not

McBear Thu 26-Jun-14 13:34:58

When I was looking for a childminder, I too wanted one without a dog (as any dog can snap etc etc) but I literally couldn't find one.

So most people are wary of the dog and not the breed? What if I kept them separate? Dog likes to sleep all day anyway so if I put him in the kitchen would that make a difference?

treaclesoda Thu 26-Jun-14 13:35:37

I wouldn't.

stripedtortoise Thu 26-Jun-14 13:35:48

Wouldn't bother me one jot, but I imagine it would bother the majority. In fact I'd probably be inclined to use you more because it is my very humble view that people with dogs are the best kind of people.

HecatePropylaea Thu 26-Jun-14 13:35:56

No, I wouldn't use a childminder who had a dog. Unless that dog was kept physically separate from the children at all times. Mostly probably would not be good enough for me, tbh. I'd want always definitely.

I am not demonising dogs, dogs are lovely. My sister's lab is a daft gooey ball of love and I adore him. But they are animals and animals are unpredictable. And so are children. And when you have a setting where there are likely to be several young children, I wouldn't risk the minder's attention being diverted or spread among several kids and perhaps a child bashes the dog on the nose, or pulls its tail or yells in its face etc or there is just too much noise or activity and the dog reacts and bites. It happens. There's no pretending it doesn't. So no, I wouldn't risk it.

McBear Thu 26-Jun-14 13:38:35

Would saying he's kept separate help tho? Most people may not believe me?

elvisola Thu 26-Jun-14 13:45:18

I wouldn't believe you could keep the children and dog seperate and I wouldn't expect you to as it's stressful for you and unfair to the dog. I would not use you anyway primarily because of the dog. I have had a bad experience with a Rottweiler in my teens but I generally wouldn't be happy with any breed.

I am a childminder and I have lots of parents visit who specifically looked for a minder without a dog but there will also be some who don't mind at all.

duchesse Thu 26-Jun-14 13:46:05

I don't think that a busy job with long hours like childminding is compatible with the needs of a high-energy dog like a Rottweiler and it would be a recipe for disaster. They need a really good walk every day. If I were looking at childminders' I would be a bit very hmm about a home with a large underexercised dog around. I wouldn't even do childminding with my much lower needs Bernese because she gets overexcited and could knock children over merely by being over-exuberant. I often have to shut her in the cloakroom when children come.

DianaTrent Thu 26-Jun-14 13:46:05

I have used a childminder with one, but it was kept separate the majority of the time and well supervised when there was contact. My DD was into primary school though. I wouldn't have been happy with a combined setup in case the children were ever left unsupervised with the dog, particularly for a preschool child. That would apply for any dog.

HecatePropylaea Thu 26-Jun-14 13:51:15

That's a point. How would your dog be walked or given attention during the day?

Hoppinggreen Thu 26-Jun-14 13:53:10

Sorry, I love dogs but if I had a choice between a CM with one and a CM without then I would go for the one without.

Thurlow Thu 26-Jun-14 14:00:45

I wouldn't, just because of that tiny risk, no matter how lovely and well behaved a dog is. Dogs can get out of where they have been put, kids can be rough - there's that really, really tiny risk and I personally wouldn't consider it. Especially as we don't have dogs so DC aren't used to them; if we did have dogs then maybe I would.

My other worry would be for the dog, as childminding can be 10 hours a day and it's not fair to to the dog to be constantly shut in the garden when the kids are inside, in the house when the kids are inside etc.

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