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AIBU in banning the dog?

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birdsnotbees Tue 15-Jan-13 22:12:07

Our lovely childminder is house sitting for 6 months. House comes with a dog. She normally works from our home but sometimes takes DD (21 months) back to her house for a bit of a change. She took DD back to her new house today and introduced her to the dog without asking me. The dog is some sort of staffie cross. She said that the dog was shut in a separate room while DD napped, but was otherwise pootling about with DD and the childminder.

I haven't yet had a chance to speak to her, but I really don't want my DD in the same house as a) a staffie, b) a dog whose owner has moved away for 6 months and c) a dog that is now being looked after by someone who has never owned a dog before.

It just feels like a recipe for disaster. DD is obsessed with dogs and chases them round getting in their faces - if she's with me I tend to move her away as many dogs wouldn't like a toddler constantly grabbing at them. I would never, ever have a dog in our house I didn't know very well (my mum has a dog) and even then would be/am wary. I have had a dog in the past, and after 14 years of being lovely he did bite someone; my parents' first dog also bit my cousin who was mithering him (as kids do), so I'm more aware than most about how easily dogs can "turn".

But equally I know she loves taking DD back to her house, and I don't want to be a control freak about it... so AIBU?

Crinkle77 Fri 18-Jan-13 11:55:18

In my experience the staffies I have known have had responsible owners and been lovely. The worst dogs are little yappy ones like Jack Russell's. Saying that she should consult you before introducing a dog in to the mix. She should really keep it separated all the time

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 18-Jan-13 12:01:02


I have no interest in dogs or what breed they are - so shoot me.

I find them smelly and apart from anything else would be annoyed if my child came home smelling of dog and had dog hair on their clothes. I would not pick a CM with a dog to look after my child and I would be extremely annoyed if a dog suddenly came into the equation.

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