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How To Introduce A Pit Bull To
Another common misconception about
Pit Bulls is that they are unable to get along with children. This
misconception has brought many dedicated Pit Bull owners to get rid of
their dogs when a new baby arrives home out of fear that their dog will
harm the infant.
On the other hand, there are many Pit Bull owners who excitedly bring
their baby home without a single drop of worry about the infant’s
safety around their dog. Neither response is accurate or reliable.
Although it is a fact that dogs can hurt babies, it is also true that
they protect babies. How you introduce your baby to your Pit Bull makes
a huge difference on how well the dog will act around your baby.
Generally speaking, Pit bulls have always had a special connection with
children. They seem to enjoy being around kids and feel very protective
of them. In fact, the Pit Bull’s close relative, the Staffordshire Bull
Terrier is nicknamed “the nanny dog” in England because it has been
known to act as a babysitter for the family children.
Many Pit Bulls have been known to save a child’s life. Unfortunately,
many Pit bulls have also been known to harm a child. Some Pit Bulls may
be suspicious of children.
This is because he may not understand what kids are or because they
have had bad experiences with them. When you introduce dogs and
children, do it very carefully. Advise your child to be gentle and
offer your dog a treat. Never allow young children to sit on the dog,
pull his ears, hair, or tail.
Tell them not to run from the dog, scream sharply around him, stare at
him, or hurt him. Never allow your kids to pick on your Pit Bull. Here
are other things that you should keep in mind before you bring a baby
and a Pit Bull together:
1. Before you introduce the baby to the Pit Bull, the dog should
already be fully trained on how to “stay,” “sit,” and “lie down” on
2. Make sure that the Pit
Bull is secured on his leash the first time that you introduce him to
the baby. You can muzzle the dog if you are still uncomfortable with
the leash. The problem with this is that you do not want him to
associate muzzling with the baby. The dog should already be familiar
with the having the muzzle on before meeting the baby.
3. Keep the dog away from the
baby during the baby’s first few days at home. Let the dog get familiar
with the smell and sound of the baby. You need to be very careful
during this time because some dogs may not comprehend that you have a
new small human in the house and not a “prey animal”.
4. Have the dog sit and stay
before you bring the baby to the room and then reward the dog for
staying. Move the baby closer to the dog while rewarding him for his
good behavior. Once you are secure about the dog’s comfort level, allow
him to sniff the baby. But remember, you should never leave the dog and
baby alone together during the baby’s first few weeks at home.
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