Sigh, our 13 month old LOVES our pup (small peek-a-poo) and LOVES to "pet" her. Now we have the most gentle and kind (and patient) dog there is. She's so good with the girls and just lets them pull on her and then when she's had enough she runs away and hides. I don't know how many times a day I say "soft touches" and remove her hand but all I can say is thank goodness our dog love the girls! anyone else say "soft touches" more times than they can count! ha