Would you trust a pit bull around your toddler?

One of my best friends who I hang out with often has a pitbull who is especially hyper. He has torn apart a few things in the house like the screen window and a couch they had but he has never attacked a person or another animal. I go over her house a lot and whenever I am there I have said that I do not want the pitbull running free around the house around my 1 and 1/2 year old son. They usually lock him up in a spare bedroom when I am over but I think it is starting to irritate them. The pitbull whines because he doesn't like being locked up and am getting a vibe that it is especially irritating her boyfriend who lives with her. She is pregnant as well and says that they are just going to teach the pitbull to be calm around their kid. Should I just give the dog a chance to try to behave around my son or would I be risking his safetly? I don't want our friendship to go bad over me wanting their dog locked up all the time :(

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punkrockmom153

Asked by punkrockmom153 at 11:35 PM on Feb. 9, 2009 in Pets

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  • You have made the right choice! Stick to your guns! If your friend would end the friendship over you wanting to protect your baby then "OH WELL!" You would NEVER forgive yourself if that dog did something to your baby. No friendship in the world is worth that risk!
    Mishelly728

    Answer by Mishelly728 at 11:37 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • That is a tough one. I say give the dog a chance.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:38 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • Sure, give the dog a chance. If he rips your baby's face off then you know you made the wrong decision. No way in hell you'd see me letting a pit bull around my baby. Especially one that is not used to having children around.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • It's a tough question because I obviously haven't met the dog, but pit bulls when raised properly are big lovies. I would say never, ever put your baby in the line of fire if you aren't comfortable with it. However, maybe you could let them have the dog roam their house while you hold the baby, and observe what it does. It would also help them to feel out how their dog would behave around their new baby. Just never take your eyes off the action. If anything feels like it's about to go awry, put the dog away. Good luck to you.
    KatieBatey

    Answer by KatieBatey at 11:41 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • I can't speack for her dog but I have three pittbulls and a one year old. They are great dogs and we have never had a problem. She will go lay with them and take a nap. It is so cute. My dogs are very trained. We did all of this before she was born. I think Pits have bad names and it is all with the owner and not the dog. If you feel it is not safe trust your feelings. I don't know if I would want my child to be the first child the dog has been around. It would not be a chance I would be willing to take. My dogs have always been around children and people. They were our babies for eight years before we had our DD. Trust your heart.

    jepelican

    Answer by jepelican at 11:41 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • shes your friend, i wouldn't trust the breed around my child either, I certainly hope they have good medical insurance when they bring their baby home...hope the dog doesn't go off on the kid.
    michaux

    Answer by michaux at 11:43 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • Your job is to protect your baby not build up your friend's ego. Pit Bills have a tremendous amount of strength in their jaws. Just google the breed in any newspaper and you'll find articles of attack.
    Tell your 'friend' to call you when she can get together with you at mickey d's playland or someplace similar. Protect your baby.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • hey anon...research the breed and stop being ignorant. I absolutely cant stand when people hear pitbull and start being mean to them and bashing them. did you know that pitbulls are people pleasers...they were bred to please their master. everything you said is garbage and you are behaving ignorantly.I have a pitbull boxer and he is the most amazing dog ever but because he is a dog i would never leave my DD alone with him but thats commen sense....When my DD is upset he lays with her until she feels better...uhoh hes so vicious and mean huh? As for the question the dog will need to learn eventually to calm down around children why not learn now? Stay close to your LO when the dog is around and allow his masters to correct his behavior. BUT if at any point you feel the dog could injure your child dont feel bad saying something.
    Kennadismom

    Answer by Kennadismom at 11:50 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • pitbulls have a nature territorial instinct so BE CAREFUL! my ex had a pitbull and he was nice as can be and he was hyper too! BUT when ppl he didnt know came into the house...he wuld get fiesty. so PLEASE be careful. their pitbull intinct DOES come out. they are all whiny and need attention and a lot of them are very protective of their masters. protect your baby and ask them to TRAIN their dog properly first. its sometimes hard for owners to train pitbulls but they can do it if done the right way.
    Keeely07

    Answer by Keeely07 at 11:50 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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  • we had our red nose pit bull and raised her Right! Our daughter was 1 1/2 an If its a loving dog an is just hyper, interact with it DONT just leave your child around it but let your baby get to know it, If they are abt to bring in a new baby, TRUSt your eyes, raised in a good inviorment you can watch an let your child judge if hes comfortable. They do have a bad name an we still adore our pit, But as a concernd (protective mother,) Im always watching!(an see all the cute cuddels) The dog will be hyper till hes gotten some attention If your friends an will remain close friends Dont Be scared IF ITS a Loving Pooch! Hiding The dog is what we do from strangers someone we dont want around our dog!
    ssspw-world

    Answer by ssspw-world at 11:57 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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