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Re: Confidence issue?
IF you are pleased with your training, and your dogs ability thus far, no need to change methods. However, it's a mistaken notion to not allow toys that squeak... in fact it's actually bad. A dog that has a focus for his/her prey, ie: the squeaky toy, will learn that the toy is his prey. Much the same as the hunting dog learns to focus on bird, or rabbit, or hog. having an outlet will PREVENT the extrapolation to children, not increase it. And, having a great toy that he loves will help him with dealing with children. He can play with the toy with them, and see that they act much like you, they just are a whole bunch shorter, and move differently.