Greetings Ridge, You speak in your last post about the two other dogs you were partnered with that had the same issue. Did they have this issue when they first were partnered with you or did the issues develop after a prolonged partnership time? Could this previous experience or personal concerns be making you anxious around children of that age bracket? It has been my experience that we as the human partner often communicate with our canine partner in ways we are not aware of in some situations. Stress and anxiety create physiological changes in the human partner that are often detectable by the canine partner. Many dogs that are perceptive and sensitive to these types of changes are used for seizure and alert dogs. The difficulty is that these talented and perceptive creatures can often misunderstand the cause of these distress signal they are picking up. With this in mind, and by no means in judgment of any kind or meant as any offense.... I would like to share some thoughts I had in reading your previous posts. Do you get apprehensive, nervous or anxious when this age group of children are around? Some writers and trainers will speak of this as the handlers emotions "traveling down the leash". The dogs often are aware of these changes before we are...that is why they can alert/respond to physiological changes in advance of a seizure or other medical condition. If a person is anxious in a situation the perceptive dog may, after repetition, perceive this change as some thing to be concerned about and not like that a situation distresses the person the dog is bonded to through partnership. It may over time sense the change and respond in defense wanting to help correct or avoid the distress it is sensing from its partner. What than happens is the stress is increased by the partners reaction to the dogs behavior and this increases the dogs response. The dog may think "ah ha, I was right this small child is causing distress in my person"... This is just some thoughts and experiences I thought might be worth consideration. If this type of response is not conditioned to a high level the person and the dog, one can implement measures to help extinguish the unwanted behavior and developed a wanted and more appropriate behavior. I hope you find my thoughts helpful and not offensive or a cause for distress. I find that the more information and tools available to us when trying to work through difficult issues the more likely we are to be prepared. I wish you well... Best Wishes & Wags, Diane & Raven APDT#72225 http://AssistanceDogJournal.net http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Golden_Paw_ADC/ "My Assistance Dog is not my whole life, but she makes my life whole" ~D.L.Shotwell "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France "*People are who they are by what they do, think and believe.. not by how they look, what they weigh or what they are or are not able to do..* All posts are considered copyrighted by the author. You must get permission from the poster before forwarding.