i have a lab pup that is as energetic as they come. not aggressive, just a puppy that wants to meet you up and close. i have no issues with her around my 7 month old niece. thats because i keep her leashed when needed and i am in control of her. responsibility and common sense is key. dont worry about offending someone by asking them to leash their animal. my other dog, jack, is 2.5 yrs old and awesome. very well behaved, but he gets leashed when appropriate.Last year there were people carrying dogs in the tent near the children. It made me very uncomfortable and I don't understand why they'd need to have a dog with them at a family event like this. I understand its their right, but come on...