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Are you asking if you are liable?
What loss did they suffer?
What is their actual financial loss?
I'm afraid that you do not have a positive defence on these facts. On the face of it, you seem to have anticipated the risk that your dog may react because you mentioned his ears being sensitive. You might be able to argue that the conduct of the child was contributory negligence but there's quite a lot of caselaw that children can be expected to be less careful than adults.
However, unless they're going to argue psychological injuries or some other similar nonsense they have not suffered any claimable loss as there is no financial loss. In the UK we don't pay the medical care at the point of delivery anyway. So they cannot have suffered medical bills.
He cannot have suffered lost earnings because this is a child.
It is possible that he could get maybe £100- £200 for pain and suffering but no more.
If you check your house insurance you might well find that they cover you for this and then it will not be your problem.
Can I clarify anything for you?