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To think young dogs and children together is a bit ick?

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gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 15:17:54

Our friends have just gone home. They came to us for Easter with their new puppy. Very sweet, very dizzy, very, well, er disgusting really.
I don't dislike dogs and I am usually happy to do the bare minimum housework-wise around the place but I found myself wanting to mop and sanitise everything.
It just doesn't seem right for the dog to eat its own shit shockand horse shit and deer shit and then chew the kids' toys. Or walk all over the kitchen floor with feet that have just walked outside in aforementioned shit, then we all walk across it in our socks or slippers and put our feet up on the sofas or chairs or in bed. Or for the dog to lick its bum and then my kids' hands. And I will never, ever get used to picking up dog shit in a plastic bag. Yuck shock I was glad when the had gone. I just can't get the smell of dog out of the house.

DuttyWine Mon 01-Apr-13 15:21:26

Yanbu I don't get how dogs that lick their own bumholes then kiss up to people's faces. Yuk! I watched obsessive compulsive cleaners and one woman with OCD had her dog sleep on her bed which I thought was a complete contradiction.

IntheFrame Mon 01-Apr-13 15:22:21

I don't dislike dogs - wow, can't imagine what you'd say if you hated them ..

gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 15:24:42

Seriously. I am just stating facts. Exactly what happened. I was kinda thinking someone might explain to me that is not normal dog behaviour or something. I don't know much about them but so many people with little kids have them. I thought it was a nice thing to have a dog but this weekend had been a real eye opener!

SneezingwakestheJesus Mon 01-Apr-13 15:31:00

Dutty, OCD is often contradictory like that and not logical at all. Thats one of the reasons OCD is incredibly frustrating to have. My mum can't get her head round the fact that mine makes me terrified of germs in my house and I can't even touch my dustbin but when I'm at other people's houses, I won't worry about germs at all.

SneezingwakestheJesus Mon 01-Apr-13 15:31:32

Ooh got sidetracked haha OP I think YANBU!

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Apr-13 15:34:46

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Pandemoniaa Mon 01-Apr-13 15:35:33

Actually, quite a lot of what you describe is normal behaviour! But you don't have to encourage bum licking dogs to kiss the faces of anyone. In fact, I always discourage this precisely because I know exactly where my dog has been. However, at least your "icky" (!!) reaction has proved to you that you'd be best off not getting a dog. Which is good news for both you and the dog, really.

Pandemoniaa Mon 01-Apr-13 15:38:06

PS. I'd also confirm that not all dogs eat shit either. Nor do they come into the house with shitty feet unless you allow this. Puppies are hard work but if you put the work in you'll get well socialised dogs that know the routines of the house. Which include having clean feet and not chewing toys that aren't theirs to chew.

cricketballs Mon 01-Apr-13 15:43:33

I think its a good job the puppy didn't also roll in shit like mine does on a regular basis grin!

Pandemoniaa is right; its good news that you have found out you are not a dog person before you had one yourself

isitsnowingyet Mon 01-Apr-13 15:44:16

Young children can be pretty icky too. Believe me. The dog you're talking about is a little puppy, and yes they are a lot of work. But worth it in the end grin

Mandytm Mon 01-Apr-13 15:47:37

I've seen children put their hands in the potty among other gross activities, on par with puppies eating poo.

Having either in the house will make for a good variety of household bacteria, but we still love them.

DuttyWine Mon 01-Apr-13 15:49:08

But a child's hand in the potty won't cause blindness like dog shit does...

gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 15:55:03

Nothing against dogs; just not a good mix with very young kids who aren't yet hygiene conscious IMHO. Therefore can't understand how/why people do mix them. Often.

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 15:57:26


I got very angry when a dog in the park came up to dd and grabbed a stick from her hand and slobbered all over her. Get that slobbering thing away from my child. I don't lick your face so don't lick hers.

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Apr-13 16:00:48

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Kithulu Mon 01-Apr-13 16:02:11

This was your friends dog but YOU had to pick up its poop in bags?? Really? Why did they not clean up after their own dog?

pumpkinsweetie Mon 01-Apr-13 16:04:52

Yabu, puppies are young dogs, young dogs are just like babies. We all originate from being a baby, we were all messy & yucky once.
Yanbu to not want the dog in your house, but yabu to disklike young dogs.

DuttyWine Mon 01-Apr-13 16:06:03

Ok I worded that wrong I just mean you have to more careful with dog hygiene than your child's as the consequences are likely to be worse.

NumericalMum Mon 01-Apr-13 16:06:44

I caught my DC aged 9 months licking her pram wheels once. She also dropped something on the floor of the tube and then are it before I could stop her. She picks her nose and is terrible at washing her hands...

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 01-Apr-13 16:08:44

What you're talking about there is an untrained dog.

Having an untrained or very young dog around young kids would be horrendously hard work and I certainly wouldn't want to do it.

However, whilst my dog does eat shit (amongst a variety of other things hmm ) and walks in poo occasionally. What she doesn't do is lick me or DS (bleurgh), chew toys that aren't hers, or walk around the house with crap on her feet.

I will concede that the child will have dog hair on them pretty much permanently and unless you are superhuman there will be at least one "ick" moment but it's also a lot of fun.

I am, unintentionally, an LP and have been since DS was 4mo. My dog is a ridiculous animal but my house is perfectly clean and she behaves impecably around DS.

A bit of work around "leave it" (and washing the poor dog's feet) and life would be much happier and healthier all round.

gostraighttojail Mon 01-Apr-13 16:09:58

Pumpkinsweetie: It's the mix of young dogs and kids that astonishes me, given the hygiene issues, absolutely not a dislike of them.

MrsDeVere Mon 01-Apr-13 16:12:10

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OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Apr-13 16:12:13

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Smudging Mon 01-Apr-13 16:16:05

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