Would people please share their experience in regard to their dobermans and children. At what age did your dog's contact with children start? How did you introduce the puppy to the children? What precautions did you take? My puppy is a four month old male who has had minimal contact with children to this point. He seems to be going through a shy stage with adults, when new people come in the house he backs away and approaches slowly until he feels safe (normal at 4 months?) I expect it will be the same with the kids (ages 3 and 4) I have been reading various points of view from people who let it all happen apparently effortlessly and without incident to the training advice of Leerburg who has had plenty of letters of tragic outcomes and recommends that dogs remain created at ALL TIMES when children (or anyone else for that matter) are visiting. I have grandchildren coming for Christmas and would love to hear how people have handled this and what their experience has been in this area, good and bad. I certainly don't want anyone to get hurt but am I wrong in thinking if I'm always crating him with visitors he will become anxious should he not be in a crate when someone comes to the house? I would think a positive interaction, for a limited amount of time, that didn't include any more then a gentle pet, in his timing, would be a good thing.. right? Obviously I would supervise closely. Please let me know if you are of the "no contact ever" belief that Leerburg suggests as I find it an interesting concept and would love to know how things worked out. Thank you!