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worried about placing a foster with kids

Discussion in 'Boxers & Children' started by karen_arf, Jan 5, 2006.

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  1. karen_arf

    karen_arf Boxer Pal

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    Hi all -

    I am fostering Matrix & Mystikal, 2 boxers. Mysti is just a wonderfully sweet boxer with a gentle disposition. Her Mate, Matrix has been at the vet being neutered. When I picked him up, the vet told me that he has been agressive with the staff, and that under no circumstances should he be adopted with children. I know that boys get a bit wonky after they are freshly neutered, and it is a stressful time for him, but I am really worried that lack of exposure to children will pose a danger to an adopter with kids.

    My question is, how small is small? I have said no children younger than 10 years old, but is that being conservative enough? The dogs have had children as visitors, but that is a huge difference from having them as housemates. They are both over 80#, and I don't want to be irresponsible with the placement.

    Am I being over cautious? You're all of the boxer experts, and know more about the temperment than I do, but I do trust my judgement. I need a bit of bolstering I guess.

    Karen

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    Have you personally seen any signs of aggression, or did those who surrendered him inform you of any aggression?

    The reason I ask is because any dog will snap and or show some aggression when they are terrified and/or in pain. In my opinion, the vet's office (during a neuter) is the WRONG time to be diagnosing a new dog's disposition...

    Good luck to you!
     
  3. karen_arf

    karen_arf Boxer Pal

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    agression with kids

    It's more a gut feeling that I get with him. Mystikal is just not pleased to see him, which is surprising. I think she was really relieved to be rid of him judging on her behavior since I got him back.

    The just have had no experience with kids, and I am worried about the risk. I wouldn't have any problems adopting Mystikal with kids because I've seen hir with mine, but Matrix, I do have concerns about.

    I am rethinking rehoming them together. I'll see how they settle in together this week.

    K
     
  4. DonieM

    DonieM Boxer Booster

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    I would say that alot of it would depend on the kids. Some kids have been around dogs and now how to act. Others have not. Some kids are quick to move, and others have a more relaxed movement. If the dog has not shown any snipping or discomfort around kids I would say that you will just have to judge on a one off bases. Some dogs prefer kids to adults. My two will welcome any kid in my home but the minute a strange adult trys to come in they have a fit.

    Also, my two love just about everyone but there is still a staffmember at my vets that can not go near them. I have no idea why.

    Hope this helps
     
  5. AJsMom

    AJsMom Super Boxer

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    My personal unexpert opinion is that if your questioning placing him with children at all then I would say no children.
     
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    abbey_eisma Boxer Buddy

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    If you are pretty worried about placing them with children I would say dont do it. Its always better to be safe than sorry.
     
  7. Mama_Zookeeper

    Mama_Zookeeper Boxer Insane

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    If you have any doubts I would not place them with kids. I feel this way more in the boxers defense than a childs though. Some kids are great with dogs and some are not, but in the end when a dog reacts unfavorably to a child it is always the dog who suffers. To avoid the possibility of having to be re-homed again or even worse put down because someone will not take the time to train and investigate why the dog reacted that way I would say adults & teenagers only. My humble opinion.

    Dora
     
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