PITBULLGEAR.COM wants you to know that PIT BULLS LOVE KIDS! It's an actual fact that is not well known outside the Pit Bull Community, because they are stereotyped by the media to be mean & dangerous dogs. Well-managed, responsibly owned pit bulls are some of the best family dogs. The American Canine Temperament Test Society lists this breed as having one of the most stable temperaments of any of the purebreds, right up there with golden retrievers. Many APBTs go out of their way to lick little faces and will wag their tails when they see a child. Many will let kids pull their ears, climb on their backs and the rough and tumble fans that they are, will love every minute of rugged kid-style attention. Don't believe us? Take a look for yourself and check out our gallery below and the 100's of kids with Pit Bulls! :)firstname.lastname@example.org (Photos submitted may be used for other Positive Pit Bull Promotion projects) Some things to know about Dogs with Children Dogs see children differently then they see Adults. They give off a different energy, and it's in their nature to react to any energy that, to them, seems unbalanced or unstable. In a dog's natural world, animals attack instability, and excitement can be perceived by a dog as instability. Every Child should learn "No Touch", "No Talk", "No Eye Contact" when first meeting a dog. Too many accidents occur when a child approaches a dog before allowing the dog to use his nose, eyes, ears first.
The reality is that most parents don't teach their children the correct way to act around dogs.We have to begin by teaching our children to respect a dog's space, and never approach in a way that might startle or frighten the dog. Children often run to the dog and look him square in the eye, invading its physical space before the dog is ready. They should never run at a dog with excited energy, and never chase a dog that is trying to avoid them.When petting a dog, they should do it gently, and always under the chin or on the chest, never by reaching over the dog's back. And, most importantly, they should never, ever approach a strange dog, especially if it's alone; otherwise, they should ask the dog's caretaker first if it's all right.
These rules apply to the pets in your own home as well, and you should never leave your dogs and young children together unsupervised. Infants especially like to grab things remember, to humans, touch is a very important way of learning about the world and even the friendliest dog can react badly to suddenly having its tail or ears yanked.
If you teach your very young children to approach animals with respect and care, it will not only help keep them safe, but educate them on how to treat animals for life, so they can have many rewarding experiences with them as they get older. Pets are also the perfect way to teach older children empathy and responsibility are two of the most important skills they can have as adults.
Family Paws is an excellent resource for learning how to teach children how to behave around dogs, raising a dog with your family, welcoming newborns with your dog, and much more.