My Children and Dogs
From the offset, a child should be taught how to respect a dog. By respecting a dog, you can teach your children to safely play/interact with their pet.
Whilst it may look ‘cute’ or ‘adorable’ for your child to sit on a dog like a horse, or hanging around your dogs neck, these are things that can lead to a child getting bitten. For instance, obviously a dog is not made for riding; and as such, does not have the correct bone/muscle structure to carry weight on its back. A child, no matter what weight, could seriously damage a dogs back; and in the meantime hurt the dog, leading to a child being bitten.
You need to know the warning signs to ensure you know when the dog has had enough: