I have four big dogs. We have no kids and two of our dogs have physical issues which make them hyper and/or cranky. We got one of the dogs as a three year old and have no idea of her history. Another we got as a puppy but she spent so much time either in surgery or in recovery when she was young that she is not socialized around young children. A couple who just adopted a huge hyperactive adult lab showed up at the vet today while I was getting my dogs' nails clipped (a difficult process for them). I bring them in one at a time. They each wear a harness. This couple comes in, the father immediately loses control of the dog (as I am trying to leave with one dog to get the other from the truck), his dog slips its collar and I back my dog down the hall while the vet tech helps him get the dog back on lead. This finally happens and I hear the mother say to me, "You can come through. It's OK!" and I look beyond the father and dog to see her standing behind a toddler who is walking around the waiting area, well within the range of their own hyper dog who could knock the kid over at any moment. I looked at her and she picked up her child. I swapped dogs and they were still in the waiting room when my second dog's nails were finished. I hooked up my dog's lead to the clip on the counter so that I could pay and the next thing I know, my dog is barking frantically. I looked up to see this unattended toddler walking toward us, about five feet away. So I grabbed the lead up short and put my dog into a sit, turn around to see the mother holding her kid and hear, "Did that dog scare you?!" Does this make sense to anyone? Personally I would never expect another dog to be family-oriented. I was taught that you always ask to so much as approach a dog. I just don't get this.