Rules for Children

A child of any age should never be left alone with a dog, even for just a few minutes. Too many disasters have occurred when a parent left the dog and child, especially an infant, alone, coming back to find that the dog had attacked the child.

Children are very vulnerable to dog bites. Not only does their small stature make them easier targets, but kids have high-pitched voices that sound like prey, and they often have food or other interesting things with them. Kids also move fast and unpredictably—again, just like prey.

It's very important, then, to teach children skills that can help keep them safe, both with a dog at home and with other dogs they meet.

♦ Never scream at or flail about with a dog, even your own.

♦ Never poke a dog's eyes or nose, pull ears, stick fingers into a dog's mouth, or pull a dog's tail.

♦ Do not step on a dog's tail, kick him, hit him, poke him with things, or otherwise torment him.

♦ Never pet a strange dog; always ask the dog's owner's permission before petting. Not all dogs like kids.

♦ Pet a dog on his back; do not hug his head or neck.

♦ Do not stare into a dog's eyes, lean into his face, or kiss him on the nose.

♦ If a dog growls at a child, snaps, or barks, tell the parent about the incident—even if a bite doesn't result. The next time, it could turn into a bite.

Dogs who don't like kids are not necessarily bad dogs. They may not have been socialized to kids, or perhaps a child has treated the dog wrongly. Dogs who don't like children should simply be kept away from and protected from kids.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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