I think he gets off on it. Ever since I brought Gambit home, he has been terrified of children. I don't think he ever saw a child during the first 6-8 months of his life, and doesn't know how to react to their loud/busy/screamy ways. Since I have no children and do not care to deal with them either, and he has so many other problems, this is one I've just let slide. If I'm walking him and we see children, he shies away, but does not growl or act aggresssive. Despite lots of hard work, Gambit's progress with strangers has plateaued. He still accepts new people if he meets them a few times, but he has not made much progress as far as accepting them quicker or going places in public. I've accepted this. My sister has three children under the age of six, and the rule has always been that Gambit must be put up when we all visit at the same time. This is done for everyone's sanity, especially since he hates both my sister and her husband (possibly because his Mommy does). At the moment, the oldest child (5) has been coming home with my mother for extra school help. This child is quiet and calm, so the rule is amended to Gamibt may be out when the child is working at the table or watching TV. The child knows not to touch or look at Gambit, who has plenty of space to retreat back to his safe spots. The usual situation is both Gambit and I in one room (open floor plan), nephew and my mother in an ajoining room. This situation has played out 3-4 times over about a month and a half. Today I was called in to see the childs reading progress. Gambit followed me ( a huge step in and of itself) and sat next to my chair, which was across the table. The he laid down under the table, facing the child, who I do not believe knew he was there. When I stood up to leave, Gambit stood as well and walked right by the childs chair! A dog who has not come within 15 feet of a child in his entire life just got up and volutarily passed within six inches! Words can not describe what an amazing moment this is for him. Is this common? For him to seem to level out and then just take this enormous leap forward? Does it point towards more progress being possible, or can it be just a one time thing? Gambit is 2 years old, and seemed to hit his social maturity about 4-5 month ago. Every time I think I have the blasted coy figured out, he pulls a fast one on me.