February 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm #14615torinbabyParticipant
I have a eight month old son and was thinking about adopting a four month old pitbull. At first my mom thought it was a good idea and then all of a sudden she flipped saying it would bite him in the throat and kill him. I am only worried because my son is mobile and he likes to pull and hit things. Is a pit bull a good pet for my son?February 4, 2011 at 3:11 am #16677spcvanessenParticipant
Pitbulls are miss understood. They are great dogs and want to plz there owners. I just got a six month old pitbull and a three year old daughter and they do great together. Thet need lots of love and tranning. If you do decide to get the pitbull make sure you have time to train your pitbull. Your son will recive lots of kisses and hugs. The pitbull breed will be there when your sons becomes a teenager they are a good breed to last a long time. I suggest if you get ur pitbull to put her/him in a puppy class and introdue the pitbull to other dogs and ppl. We take are Bella downtown were it is busy to get her use to many diff things . Are three year old wants her to be a dock dog. My mother in law was the same way about are bella until we educated her on the breed. So read up and get to know as much about the breed as possable and you will have a best freind for the rest of your life and so will your son. I suggest the akc book on amercian pitbull terriers. Also make sure were you are from does not have a ban or other bsl rules.
spc sean vanessen
United States ArmyFebruary 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm #16689KaylasMomParticipant
spcvanessen is right…pit bulls are misunderstood! People go by what they read and hear from the media and run with it.
In my opinion, I wouldn’t consider getting a puppy when you have a 8 month old in the house. You mention that he is mobile, likes to pull things, and hit things. By saying that, right there that throws up a red flag on getting any dog, or even a cat. Getting hit, ears being pulled on, tailed being tugged on, drooled on, etc. is not a good recipe for a dog, cat, and child. It is due to things like this and the rambunctiousness of children on why many dogs bite and attack children. The parents do not understand or misread the warning signs that the dog is giving (whale eyes, paw placement, lip twitches, ear placement, etc.) and then the child gets bit. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog it is; the hyperactivity of a puppy/young dog and a young child isn’t the best combination. Yes, people do it, but it isn’t the best idea for all involved.
If you do decide to get a dog, make sure that you watch every move that the dog and the child makes AT ALL TIMES. Even turning your back for a second can lead to disaster. Kids will take advantage of when you are not looking and do something to the dog. WHAM! The dog bites, the dog is the one who gets in trouble, and the dog is euthanized. That isn’t the life for a dog. Kids take a dog’s toys, the dog wants it back, and accidentally bites the child. Again, the dog will be blammed, when it could have been easily prevented by keeping dog toys out of the reach of children. So many things can happen and as a parent, it is your duty to make sure your child is safe at all times. You have to be extra dilligent in everything that you do when you have a young child and a dog in the house.
You notice that I continue to say “dog” and not pit bull. All of this applies to EVERY DOG BREED! No breed is exempt from biting a child when the dog has had enough. BREED DOESN’T MATTER!
You may want to consider waiting until your child is a bit older and is fully mobile and can learn and understand what NOT to do around a dog or to a dog. Children can be “brutal” to dogs, and even in the face of such treatment, the most well-bred, most obedient, and responsibly owned dog will bite or “attack” the child in defense of what the child is doing to the dog.
Please consider what you are wanting to do and keep the mental health of the dog and safety of the child at hand. That is what is important. You don’t want to set the dog up for failure, or your child up for injury. Again, it doesn’t matter what breed of dog. Dogs and really young children aren’t the best idea. Look at some dog rescue and shelter websites. Many of them have stipulations on the age of children in the home that they will adopt a dog out to. There is a reason for that. It is safety of both the dog and the child.
Due to media bias and frenzy, the public has been misguided into thinking that pit bull attacks are a raging epidemic and dog attacks only occur from pit bulls. Not the case. Here are some statistics from the “Don’t Bully My Breed” website that you should give to your mom:
*About 40 people (children) every year die by drowning in 5-gallon water pails. A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a pit bull.
*Approximately 50 children in the US are killed every year by their CRIBS-25 times the number of children and adults killed by pit bulls.
*Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a pit bull.
*Every year, more than 2,000 children in the US are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or negelct. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a pit bull.
*It can be estiamted that for every pit bull who kills, there are 10.5 million that DON’T.February 9, 2011 at 2:27 am #16739egmujicaParticipant
IMy youngest was a little over 1 years old when we got our dog. At the time he was only 7 weeks. If they grow up together, it makes it that much easier for the talk to get accustomed to your child. My son is now 3 and does everything from pulling his ears, to sitting on him, laying on him…and so on. My dog does not react to it at all. I guess he just understands that thats the way my son is with him. Instead, as soon as my son is enar him, he licks him and lays his head on him. Like everyone else has said, they are a very misunderstood breed. They are considered nanny dogs, which means they are very protective, especially of children.
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