QUESTIONS FROM MY MAILBAGThe answers I provide are based upon my personal experience of owning and caring for dozens of pitbulls.
If you have children, you want to be sure that a dog is good with kids before bringing a him or her home. We will take a look at steps you can take to insure the safety of young ones if you own any breed of dog.
Before going any further, I always recommend that a small child never be left alone in the company of any dog, pitbull included.
SAFETY STARTS WITH PACK STRUCTUREEditors note: All dogs are pack animals. When you bring a dog into your home, you and your children become part of the dog's pack. For any dog, to be safe around children, it is up to you to establish pack structure. PACK STRUCTURE - LEARN MORE
Dear Mr Pitbull, I love pitbulls. The ones that you have look amazing, and I plan to buy one from you in the future. I have a son who is 7 months old. Are pitbulls safe around children? Are pitbulls aggressive? I want my dog to protect my family, but I don't want it to be an aggressive dog either. So my question is; are pitbulls good with children?
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WITHOUT PACK STRUCTURE - NO CHILD IS SAFE AROUND ANY DOGUnderstanding what makes a dog tick, will help you to make sure the family pet is safe with children. Understanding how dogs are driven by pack structure will help you to create an environment that will be safe for all family members. Anyone who has a dog, whether they have children or not, should study this video: Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet
#1 CAUSE OF DOG BITESIn a pack, each dog battles with his teeth, for his place in the pecking order. Even after positions have been established, a reminder is often given with a quick bite or nip. The dog's thick coat will protect it from serious damage. But when a dog gives a quick nip to a child, serious damage can be done. In fact, most cases of a dog biting a child is due to lack of pack structure training.
Teaching your dog pack structure is the first step in making sure your pet is safe around any child. Make sure you read the following page to understand the steps you need to take with the family pet. PACK STRUCTURE TRAINING
PITBULLS ARE GENERALLY VERY TOLERANT OF CHILDRENPitbulls, in most cases are very tolerant of children. But without good training, any dog, may when annoyed, give a quick bite to a child as if to say; back off! Establishing pack structure, teaching the dog that your children, and all children, are above him in the pack, will help make sure that a pitbull is good with children.
PITBULLS DO NOT "JUST SNAP"Some have been led to believe that a Pitbull can "just snap", and out of nowhere attack a child. This is a complete falsehood. Sadly, on occasion I have read where a parent has killed his children. Was he a loving a parent providing protection for his children and suddenly out of nowhere he attacks and kills his children without any sign at all? Of course not!
An unbiased observer could have easily foreseen that the parent was a danger. He may have demonstrated a mental deficiency, or a hot temper, or have been threatening. In any case, there would have been signs that he was a danger to the children.
When someone does something evil, family members tend to be in denial and defend the wrongdoer. The same is true when a dog has bitten or attacked a child. The owner acts as if the attack on the child just occurred out of the blue. Such is not the case. Pitbulls do not just snap and attack, no more so than a parent just snaps. There are clear signs when a dog is a danger.
USE CAUTION WHEN CHILDREN ARE AROUND ANY DOGNo matter what breed of dog, big or small, a pet owner has to be very careful if children are around. Establishing pack rules will give you the best chance of creating an atmosphere of where a dog will excel in the family environment.
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PITBULLS ARE SECOND TO NONE IN LOYALTYIn the end, not knowing your particular situation and your abilities toward dog training, it is hard for me to recommend a Pitbull. If you are one that will exercise reasonable caution and are able to have a firm hand in training of your dog, you and your children will enjoy owning a Pitbull.
Although they may be surpassed by some breeds in the field of protection, Pitbulls are second to none when it comes to their willingness to please, and the love they demonstrate to both adults and children!
A Pitbull's ability to bond with their owner surpasses any other breed and is why they are the number one dog breed in the USA.
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