Oscar has been a very polite and pleasant house guest. He has tolerated the children and even enjoyed their company but he has rules for interacting with them and it is important to understand what he will tolerate and what he won’t in order to keep everyone safe and having a good time. He does not want to hurt anyone and he is by no means a biter. But he has limits to how much handling he can tolerate from children. He tries very hard to give many clear indicators that he is getting uncomfortable and so that should tell us that he does not want to bite. The hard part is helping small children understand his language. We need to help Oscar by trying our hardest to teach his kids how he likes to be touched and we need to be firm with Oscar when he makes a mistake. He is one smart cookie and so I am looking forward to supporting his owners as they introduce more children to his life.
I will miss Oscar. He has been a good buddy this week and a fun dog to train. Such a gentleman!