Large Dog and Children
1. Do not
allow the child, however small to, tease the dog either
physically or verbally. The child who shrieks and leaps
incessantly beside a nervous puppy may drive him to snap out
in fear as quickly as the child who grabs it's tail or sits on
it. If a child is persistent, remove him. Do not even once
allow him to continue.
2. Do not
let a small child to pick up or carry a puppy. Puppies like
babies are afraid of falling. They will often squirm and
fight to free themselves. If successful, they may break a
leg. (Vet bills are not cheap.) If panicked they may even
bite. Remember, in this case, it is not the puppies fault
but yours for allowing the situation to progress to the
point where the puppy can no longer cope with it. Encourage
the child to get down on the puppies level, i.e.: the floor
for fun and games. .
3. Do not
expect the pup to absorb endless punishment in the for of
constant noise or teasing. He will learn to defend himself
unless he has some place to go such as a crate, bed, corner,
or run where he can go when he does not want to be disturbed.
Make certain that everyone understands that he is not to be
disturbed there and then to make sure that he is not. He will
come back out when he is ready to.
4. Do not
leave your dog unattended in the yard with small children no
matter how trustworthy you may think your dog is. Although
Bullmastiffs enjoy children more so than many other breeds,
they are not a miracle dog and must be treated the same as any
other large dog when around children. A dog may not mean to
hurt a child, yet it usually seems to turn out the other way.
5. Do not buy
a dog until you have a fence for him outside where he can be
a) Teasing by small children
c) Stray dogs
d) Mishaps on the road
e) Dogs which are tied become defensive, bored and irritably
aggressive. A fence is convenient, durable and safe.
6. Enlist the
help of your child in the training of the dog. It will
increase his sense of self importance, his concern and
knowledge of animal behaviour. If
.7. Do insist
that neighborhood children who come to play abide by the same
rules that you expect of your own.
8. Do teach
the dog to sit before he is given food or a treat, and to wait
for an okay to take it. The Bullmastiff pup will grow quicker
than your toddler. If the sit stay becomes automatic, you will
find him sitting before a baby with food, hoping but never
9. Do give
your Bullmastiff simple obedience training so that he will be
spared random scolding and confusion. "DOWN and SIT" are
pleasant commands to a pup if they are rewarded with a
brushing or a tummy rub by their young master.
expect the dog to be patient with your child unless you have
taught him to be.
11. Do not leave your Bullmastiff and your small child
outside a store and expect them to take care of each other.
increase your child's sense of responsibility and pride of
achievement by letting him help as much as he can.