I just think that if its this bad when their kid is 7 months and not walking yet it is going to be terrible once he is a fully toddling toddler.
This article just came up in my fb feed today. It's about kids and dogs, but much of it could apply to any animal. http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/the-kids-are-alright/
The results of this study suggest that a large proportion of the problem, at least for young children, lies not with the kids, but with the parents. And, the problem appears to NOT be one of inattention or poor supervision, as the parents in this study did stay in proximity of their children and did pay attention to them. Rather, at issue is parents’ beliefs about appropriate behaviors when interacting (and encouraging their child to interact) with dogs.
Right now we have a dog at the shelter who was surrendered because he bit a child in the face (A very minimal bite, more like a scratch. The kid was very lucky.) The child was hugging the dog tightly around the neck. The dog growled but the child didn't let go right away, so the dog turned and nipped her face. The family had had this dog since he was a puppy, and the kids regularly grabbed at the dog, hugged him, etc., and the parents did nothing, because they didn't see anything wrong with it. (Even though they later admitted that the dog often showed signs of being uncomfortable.) When the dog was surrendered, the parents told the kids to say goodbye, and the kids immediately ran over and hugged the dog around the neck. The parents didn't see an issue with this even after the bite! So now the dog is homeless, one kid had to deal with being bitten, and all of the kids were very upset that their dog was being sent away. And this all could have been avoided.