I agree completely. I don't let my dogs unsupervised around any child outside of my siblings. I espeically wouldn't let my dogs around someone, young child or otherwise, who had hit/kicked/abused my dog.From as far back as I can remember, I was taught to stay away from the dog's food, to leave it alone if she began growling, to not pull her tail/ears. If I did, and got bitten, that was MY fault, not the dogs.
Unforunately, not all people believe in this, and your dog would definitely be at fault in the eyes of the legal system. Still, I have trouble understanding, as others, why you would bring your dog to a home in which the child is abusive.
This was my first thought before I completely read your post. I'm sorry the kid was unkind to your dog. I'm sorry your dog bit the kid. But if you knew the kid could not be nice to your dog, why subject either of them to the other?Why would you bring your dog over to someplace where it was abused by some kid after the first time?.
Last night we were over there and this child was eating some chips. My dog was interested in what was going on, so he went over to the child and smelled the chips. He probably licked one as well.
Either way, this time he must have hurt my dog quite a bit, cause he jumped up (when he's on his hind legs he's a tad bit shorter than the child) and gave him a tiny nip on the nose. He jumped back down right after and walked away. I feel that this was a simple warning to the kid from my dog.