I live in an area with lots of animals. We have feral cats, dogs that run wild, fox, coyotes, raccoons, and I've seen security footage of a cougar.
My partner and I took our 5 y/o for a walk around the neighborhood yesterday. When we got home, there was a decent-sized dog (I'm guessing 50 pounds) hanging out in our yard. My partner spotted it and freaked a bit, refusing to our kid get any closer. There just isn't a good alternate route, so I walked over to tell the dog "Hi."
She's a juvenile with a collar and tags who was excited about being out to run around on her own and just wanted to play.
We played. It was cool. My partner laughed about it and tried to sneak our kid past, but the dog got even more excited, because she loves kids. My kid freaked right out, because he hates dogs. He took off running.
That's the part where I freaked out.
It was all good. The dog ran with him, got distracted, and moved on to other things.
How do you teach a kid (who already knows all the answers) this age about a dog's prey drive?