As I see the horror unfold, I run to the toddler, I'm the closest one, sounding off questions to the owner of the dog. Get the owners contact info, someone go into the building to find the two girls in class and someone else call an ambulance. We are descended upon with toddler now swaddled in his moms arms who is panicking, the dog is shivering huddled in the corner unable to free himself and someone is yelling at the dog. The puppy I had in training was w/ me the entire time and licking the boys legs as I lift him to his mother.
Here's the back story and why this was a set up for failure on every level.
The dog tied to the railing on the inside of the toddler area was a family dog who just turned 2. Yup. 2, the age of maturity and when the bite most often happens. Why? Because puppies will put up with a lot; prodding, ears pulled, tail pulled, sat upon and more and since they are tolerating it the parents think all is well. They aren't reading the body language this puppy has been giving all along. Body signs of leaving the room when the kids come in, hiding next to a parent or under a coffee table, lip licking, look away, yawning, panting and more. So, when the dog hits her age of maturity having no one to understand her lack of tolerance the bite is imminent. Now we have a dog tied with nowhere to go and no adults to save her. A strange toddler comes up and hugs her and without any help she feels threatened and in defense bites the boy. This is not an aggressive dog. This is a dog who gave all the warning signs and no one listened.