The truth about the nanny dog
The Nanny Dog has long been a title that has been bestowed upon numerous bully breeds. The title stemming from the breeds ability to tolerate and watch over children. The good nature portrayed by most bullies would support this claim.
The breeds often can be found licking children to near collapse when they become overly excited. There are countless pictures of bully breeds with children whether it be playing in the grass, or lying in a playroom surrounded by toys and babies. The images are powerful and go against the media outlook of the breed as baby killers.
Why the breeds are great with children has always been up for debate. The arguments range from the bully breeds high pain tolerance developed in some of the most barbaric blood sports.
The other is the practice of culling any human aggression in particular breeds that has developed breeds of dogs that would rather chew their own tail off than bite a human. Other arguments stem from their ability to be canine clowns and misfit makers.
The breeds are hyper, but often calm down when around children or the elderly. They almost can sense the need to calm down some of their more rambunctious behavior and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the two generations most at risk of being injured in rough play. It’s these endearing characteristics that have made them an American favorite!
The newspaper and internet blogs paint a different picture about the nanny dog other than the kind hearted one above however. The press labels many bully breeds and mixes as inherent baby killers. Breeds that are to never be around small children, and a picture that shows an entire breed as unstable, unpredictable, and dangerous.
The reports can sweep nationwide about the nanny dog and create hysteria amongst the masses when the breed is giving little chance to defend itself. Critics almost always draw facts from the bully breeds development in the pit, or in blood sports in general. The argument that the dogs derive from pit fighters, and dog killers,therefore they are programmed to kill small creatures. The other fables and lies that depict dogs eating raw meat, or swallowing gunpowder in order to bring forth the viciousness needed to attack children and people. The list of nonsense goes further, and the defenses against such claims are just as loud and boisterous.
The truth is that no breed is created, or is inherently evil. Any dog can attack a child regardless of breed. The truth is that in a high number of these attacks the end results show neglect on the part of parents. The child being alone in the room with a child.
A child wandering into a strange yard inhabited by a dog. The cases are varied but upon examining many, generally it was a child left alone with an animal. Should a Bully attack in this situation? Never! Bullies should be trusted, but at the same time it is an unnecessary risk that many parents need not take.
Some things we as parents can remember in regards to our pets and kids are:
-Never leave small children unsupervised with your pet.
-Have a private place set aside for your pet to eat in peace.
-Never leave multiple dogs alone with small children.
-Teach our children to respect our pets.
-Introduce our pets to our neighbor kids and vice versa.
-Teach our children warning signs and body language that dogs use to communicate to their masters and each other.
These are just tips and the list is longer, but even though the Bully Breeds are nicknamed the Nanny Dog and it’s a title well earned, always remember they are not nicknamed the Parent Dogs, so we as parents must do our part to protect both our two legged children, as well as our four legged ones.