One amazing thing that I have witnessed is the difference between Basenjis that were raised with a kid vs. those who weren't. It is like night and day! We socialized our older three Bs with other people's kids, and got them around kids…but it was nothing compared to the younger three being around a child every day. They don't even bat an eye about kids being around, particularly the youngest two that were born after Ethan. Nothing that kids do surprises them, because they have seen it all (well, most of it, anyway!).
I think this situation is largely a socialization deal...I mean, the more you can get young pups around kids of all ages, the better they will do...but being raised with kids seems to really fix the problem totally
You'd sure think so, wouldn't you.
I have six kids, my best friend has seven. When we got Jazzy my friend and I were homeschooling our kids together three days a week.
Every Friday I have a mother's Bible Study at my home. We often have up to 20 kids here.
I took Jazzy to my kids' track meets every Saturday where she met lots of kids and never seemed to mind, in her puppy days, at all.
Then, one day when she was 1.5 yrs old, she decided she didn't like the little girl I babysit. She started growling when Anna walked in the door.
I did my best to keep them separate, but one day they wound up in the kitchen together – I'm not sure what happened, but I think it was a food issue because they were near the trash can; I think Anna was throwing away her napkin w/a bit of sandwich crust in it. Anna wound up being bitten in the face; there was a good bit of blood flow.
Now Jazzy doesn't like ANY kids to be in her home/yard except mine and my best friends', whom she treats almost as if they are her own. As soon as a child enters our house, her hackles go up, and she's growling.
She's actually managed to bite one little boy on the lip -- again, lots of blood! I try to keep the dogs out when the visiting kids are in, and in when the kids are out. But I didn't realize that little boy had gotten outside.
NOW I have two ex-pens hooked together and I just toss the dogs in there when kids are over. Jazzy doesn't try to get out, and Keoki doesn't try very hard, so it works well. I just make sure they have water and that part of their area is shaded and part is in sun. And the kids all understand that NO ONE is to play near the dog pen.
Oh - I should add that she is okay with Anna now -- it's been about a year since that bite. Anna can walk up and pet her w/no problem, but we never let her do more than a quick "hello Jazz" kind of pet, and then move on.