Sometimes, parents-through no fault of their own-end up in a situation in which they and their child are held hostage in a car by a slavering, rabid St. Bernard, an experience that often leaves kids understandably skittish around the family dog. Taking both to your local dog park is an easy remedy, though small children should certainly not be allowed to wander around alone. (They will get knocked down or herded; tears will ensue.) Dog parks are great-the dogs play; the people chat, and-as an added bonus-you'll get a lot of (unsolicited) advice. The same people who'll tell you how to raise your dog will undoubtedly tell you what you're doing wrong with your child. For free.