I wonder what people think is "gentle." My in laws have a 4 year old and 5 dogs, a hedgehog, and probably some farm animals that I can't recall. They'd probably say she is gentle with their dogs. She's not. She pets them HARD and makes them nervous (lip licking, ears back, half-moon eyes). She lays on them and jumps on them. She chased my dog around the house for two hours even though we all told her not to over and over and my dog finally nipped her because she backed my dog into a corner and tried to pet her. But they would definitely say she's gentle - she's not. She terrifies the animals.