Ireland's Pit Bull Terrier Association & Bull Breed Registry

   IPBTA

PETS AND PEOPLE THE PERFECT PARTENERSHIP!

Pictured above, Jayden and his dog called karma Chilling out together.

We can all enjoy dogs regardless of breed in the community. We can enjoy dogs that are well behaved and belong to responsible owners; dogs can also have an important place in helping human kind and can contribute greatly to the Community.

Unfortunately, dog owners and their dogs are suffering as
A result of irresponsible dog ownership by a minority of dog owners.


“WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP?”

Responsible dog ownership is a term often used but seldem explained.

Children (and some adults) don't always recognise a warning when they hear or see one.  A baby or small children don't understand what a growl means. What may be obvious to an adult might not be understood by a child. The child might continue to pet or follow a dog even though the dog has clearly told him what will happen if he doesn't stop.

All attacks are preventable with a little understanding of dog behavior and body language, teaching your children how to behave around dogs regardless of breed will make your home a happy, safe environment for everyone to enjoy.


There are two main areas of dog owner responsibility:

A. The dog Owners responsibility for their dog.
B. The dog Owners responsibility towards the community.


Tips


1) Do your homework; educate yourself and most importantly your children about what is involved in being a responsible safe dog owner. Among children, the incidence of dog-bite injuries is the highest for those between the ages of 5 to 9 years of age. With these statistics in mind, it’s important for adults to have a basic understanding of what preventative measures they can take to keep their children from being bitten. If you’re planning on adopting a dog from a shelter, make sure to inquire about the dog’s temperament according to the staff and volunteers at the facility



2) It is very important to choose a dog/breed that fits into your way of life, be sure that you have the time to properly socialize your dog and fulfill your dogs needs on a daily bases with mental and physical exercise, This is a must rather than a tip in order to have a well behaved balanced dog.



3) Take up basic obedience classes and get the whole family involved, Your children can have fun and learn more about dogs and dog care by participating, this is a great way to have fun and you will bond even more; it also gives the family a greater knowledge to handle and control their dog.



4) The advantages of spaying and nurturing are endless! We Encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs as a responsible means to prevent accidental breeding resulting in unwanted puppies and will prevent your male dog from roaming if he happened to get loose and scents a bitch somewhere in season. Spaying and nurturing can also be very beneficial for the health of your dog. Altered dogs are far less likely to bite than unaltered dogs.



5) Owners of dogs and particularly strong breeds should always be vigilant of small children, Children and dogs can be great companions, but they also require supervision when playing together. Your dog may be "good with kids," but what if your dog encounters a kid that is not good with dogs? Very small children should never be left alone with a dog, no matter how stable his temperament. Before bringing a new dog into your home, make sure you assess your child’s level of comfort around dogs. If your child exhibits any fear or apprehension around dogs, they could actually trigger a dog’s aggression. It’s far better to hold off on adopting a dog for a while than to risk your child’s safety. Work on addressing your child’s fear issues around dogs before considering bringing a dog into your household.

Owners should be vigilant when a strange child is about to approach their dog and be vigilant of the approach itself. If your dog for what ever reason feels uncomfortable around children never force the issue, Advise your child not to be the first to approach an unknown dog. Allow a new dog to practice the ritual of smelling your child first before interacting with him. Teach your children that dogs don’t like to be hugged around the neck or kissed. Children are often bitten in the face or neck as a result of this practice, always seek professional advice, after all prevention is the best cure.



6) Teach your children about strange dogs, teach them never to approach a dog they don’t know, and if a dog is with its owner then they should ask the permission of the owner first. Common examples of body language that indicate a dog does not want to interact with a child might include stiff or very still posturing, lip smacking, growling or raising their tail as the child approaches. Tell your child to avoid giving direct eye contact to a dog showing these signs and slowly back away from the dog. Counsel your child to never scream or run away from a dog that shows these signs as this may trigger his prey instinct to go after the child.



7) If for what ever the reason you may have to re-home your dog, be responsible and be sure to investigate the potential new owner thoroughly, never just hand your dog over to a stranger, all too often dogs can end up in the wrong hands.



08) Always be aware that any breed from the smallest to largest of breeds have the potential to inflict serious and/or fatal injuries to a small child. Never be under any illusions that it is only particular breeds that have these capabilities. Never allow your child to tease or taunt a dog, especially if he is eating or protecting a high value item such as his food bowl, a bone, or a toy. Never assume that your dog is foolproof around your child. Ultimately, your responsibility is to supervise your child when he or she is interacting with your dog.


9) As a dog owner, you are responsible not only for your own dog's well being, but for the status of dogs everywhere. One irresponsible dog owner in town can make life difficult for dog owners all over. Owning a friendly, clean, well-mannered dog reflects positively on the species and may help protect our rights to own companion animals.


10) Respect the law, always be combined with the control of dogs act, this applies to all breeds.


IPBTA is a diverse community of APBT advocates that strive to promote breed awarness,. We welcome not only the American Pit Bull Terrier but all dog owners as we believe that responsible ownership is a must regardless of size or breed.