Bull Terrier a young children at home?!
Meg - posted on 10/03/2010
I have a Dobermann at at home, and he is the best thing I have ever bough into my family... I don't have my own kids but i am currently 10weeks pregnant, and I will be socialising bub and dog ASAP once born... I do have 2 step sons that visit and they can be quite nasty at times and still 'Bruce' (dog) will not let it bother him...
It all comes down to obidience and training... Bruce knows if he puts a foot out of line there will be consequences.
Much like a child, we must teach right from wrong in our animals also... And place a trust in them. The dog will pick up if your nervous to have your child around it, this in turn making the dog nervous and become unpredictable. Not a good combination...
So just show that you trust the dog, and remember dogs are a pack animal that require a 'Job' to do... Make the dogs job the 'Protector' and he/she will always regardless of any situation protect and guard your family.
I grew up with a Bure Bred Australian Blue Heeler - My best friend. A true family protector, that was his job, and he stopped at nothing to complete it!
Lyndsay - posted on 10/03/2010
I have a pitbull and a preschooler (my son is 3 and my dog is 2), and they are the best of friends. I rescued her from a neglectful home where she was left alone with one of her puppy siblings and a shepherd-wolf cross... they would fight all day and basically lived in their shit and piss, it was really quite sad. My dog is not mean or aggressive at all, except towards other dogs (understandable, IMO)... she is so tolerant of my son, even when he is climbing on top of her or pulling on her ears. Sometimes I'm more worried about her getting hurt by my rambunctious son, lol! My point is, the breed of the dog makes no difference. As long as you are loving and caring, you meet all of its needs, and you are firm in your discipline... any dog can be a good dog.
Angie - posted on 10/03/2010
Depending on the age of the child, I'm not sure that any pet is safe in the home. I had a cat when my children were young but I kept her away from them because she was an animal and animals are unpredictable. Young children have been known to pull fur and upset animals. Even if the dog has proper training, he's a dog and might bite a child who is hurting it.
Sharon - posted on 10/03/2010
So? Was the dog properly trained? Properly socialised Come from good breeders who cared about the peronalities of parents through great grandparents in the family line?
If the dog was adopted was it properly vetted out and determined to be a good family dog? Well behaved around children? With no food or aggression issues?
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