Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Susan, nice to hear from you and yes there are things you can do, but will take time and patience to achieve with visits from the kids. What you need to realize is that the dogs are acting out of fear. As there is a possibility of a bite happening or a child becomming fearful of dogs, I strongly suggest that you get in touch with a behaviourist who will show you exactly how to go about this. In between, I believe it would be better for you to keep the dogs away from the kids completely when they come over and supply them with a nice chewy bone to get stuck into when kids are in the house, which will let them see the being away from the kids as a rewarding event, rather than a punishment. Please let me know where you stay and I will put you in touch with somebody in your area that can help. My email is email@example.com. Thks and sorry cant do more via the forum, but far too risky with children involved - professional help really is required. thanks Scotty
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