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About a childminder with Staffordshire terriers

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chilled7up Fri 13-Jul-12 21:05:45

I thought I found the perfect childminder for my son until I realised that she has 2 staffs at home. They were friendly but now I'm worried and confused. What would you do?

watermargin Fri 13-Jul-12 21:06:35

I'm not sure I'd be happy to be honest

I on't have an issue with staffs as a principle, but I'd be wary if I didn't know the dogs. It's your choice. I don't blame you if you don't feel comfortable with it

weblette Fri 13-Jul-12 21:07:12

Get a grip, staffies are lovely dogs.

BonkeyMollocks Fri 13-Jul-12 21:08:10

Staffies are some of the best family dogs out there.

Don't stereotype the breed, look at the dogs. Are they friendly? Will they even be around your children much? What about the parents of the children she already minds?

They are weblette, I love them. I'd still be wary if I didn't know them.

Suzietastic Fri 13-Jul-12 21:09:03

I am a dog groomer. Staffs CAN be lovely dogs - with the right owners. Personally i wouldn't go there unless I was absolutely sure.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 13-Jul-12 21:09:12

You do know that Staffies were known as 'the nanny dogs' - in past times they were the childminders for poor people's kids.

Would you worry if it was two other medium sized dogs?

Rubirosa Fri 13-Jul-12 21:10:40

I wouldn't choose a childminder with dogs of any kind personally.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 13-Jul-12 21:11:16

I definitely wouldn't. Why take the risk if you don't have too?

kinkyfuckery Fri 13-Jul-12 21:11:50

I wouldn't be keen on using a CM with dogs at all, tbh, mainly because I CBA with my DCs begging me constantly for a frigging dog.

I think I'd be wary of any dog I didn't know. This is coming from a dog lover who HAS a dog and a young child. I'd feel better if I could get to the know the dogs first. Or at least see the owner and dog together for a while. Not everyone is great with dogs.

AmayaBuzzbee Fri 13-Jul-12 21:12:21

The dogs are most probably perfectly fine but I understand how you feel as I would feel the same (and I am a dog person).

I would not risk leaving my DC with dogs/animals I don't know (regardless of breed). Animals can be unpredictable even if you think you know them. The risk is not worth it in my opinion (and even if it could be guaranteed that there is no risk -you'd still feel uneasy, which is not good either).

missmapp Fri 13-Jul-12 21:13:57

I wouldnt be happy with a cm with any type of dogs

Lucyellensmum99 Fri 13-Jul-12 21:14:05

Grimma, they may be medium sized dogs but they have the strength and bite of a much bigger dog. I adore dogs, ALL dogs, i have owned two rotweillers and think staffies make fantastic family pets. I would be dubious of any dog actually with a childminder. Your children aren't used to dogs (i assume you don't have any so apologies if you do) and will, quite rightly, be pretty boisterous at the CMs. A large proportion of dog bites are inflicted by dogs to someoen who isn't a direct member of their family.

This is not an anti staffy post but I wouldnt do it, even though i would have a staffy as a pet.

FallenCaryatid Fri 13-Jul-12 21:14:42

I wouldn't have a childminder with a dog.

bronze Fri 13-Jul-12 21:15:55

I wouldnt use a childminder with a dog and I have a gsd

jubilucket Fri 13-Jul-12 21:16:21

Staffies are lovely. But ANY dog can be dangerous. If you torment a Bichon Frisee enough it'll snap... and the trouble with Staffies is when it bites you stay bitten. What is her set-up to avoid contact between the children and the dogs?

KatherineKavanagh Fri 13-Jul-12 21:16:28

I'm surprised cm's are allowed dogs considering the hoops they have to jump with ofsted/registration

DeathByChocolate01 Fri 13-Jul-12 21:16:48

Staffs are, as a rule, absolutely lovely with children. No dog should ever be left unattended with a child though, whatever the breed, but as long as they were always supervised and the dogs could be seperated from the children if they were getting wound up, then I wouldn't see a problem with it. I feel more sorry for the dogs being mauled by enthusiastic kids!

MotionOfTheOcean Fri 13-Jul-12 21:16:58

I wouldnt use a childminder with any dog and I have two staffies.

DaPrincessBride Fri 13-Jul-12 21:17:44

I wouldn't have a CM with a dog either, irrespective of the breed.

chilled7up Fri 13-Jul-12 21:18:20

The dogs were friendly and are used to children but I'm feeling uneasy about it sad

I love dogs and I wouldn't mind if she had a smaller dog, but staffs are so strong that any incident can go very wrong.

Montypig Fri 13-Jul-12 21:18:25

Staffs were one of only 2 breeds recommended by the kennel club to have with children - haven't checked recently. Equally children brought up with animals tend to have healthier auto- immune responses. Worth considering - i would go and meet the dogs and chat to cm about your concerns.

Booette Fri 13-Jul-12 21:19:05

I wouldn't mind using a childminder with a dog, but I would want to know where the dogs were kept. That they had a safe space away from the children. They were never left alone with any child. The garden was free from poo. Anything else you can think of?

The fact that they are staffies wouldn't bother me, I would ask the same of any breed of dog.

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