For quite a long time Amstaff considered dangerous breed that needs to be kept away from children. I want to object to this statement because he owns several representatives of this breed. Amstaff is not just a dog, which is easy to care for and do not need to bathe after a long walk in the nature, but also very reliable and a good companion. The fact that a dog can remove dried mud glove for cleaning animals is a powerful argument in their favor, but not the main one. I would like to dwell on the nature of these animals, and their devotion to the person.
Amstaff little prone to irritability. This feature of their behavior is very important, when the dog lives in a family with small children. The child will never miss the opportunity to ride a pet, or pull his tail and ears. Amstaff always reserved attitude to such games and with dignity suffers moments when children's entertainment is going too far. It should be noted, however, that the dog is very friendly and always happy to please the little master. In the US, Amstaff is often used as a companion dog for teenagers and children with disabilities, which once again proves poise rock.
Such dignity is still not give an absolute guarantee of safety for children in contact with the dog. It is necessary that children understand a few rules that can not be broken. To do this, they should explain that it is forbidden to disturb the dog when it is eating. And that can not play on the animal bed, and overly tease him.
If your family lives Amstaff an adult, and you experience it takes the appearance of a baby, you need to prepare your dog for the event. While mom and baby are in hospital, you can bring the dog diaper that has the smell of a baby. Dogs have a very thin nose, and it will be the first absentee acquaintance for him. When a child first gets into the house, you need to show your pet, it is a new member of the family. To do this, talk to the baby very gently to the dog realized as a baby is important to its owners. You can also let the dog sniff it up close.
Pay attention to how you feel about the dog. Before the advent of the child you probably paid a lot of attention to it and occasionally stroked. Of course, with the advent of the baby at this time becomes smaller, but you can not neglect it. Pet must not feel that he has a competitor, it will cause jealousy. We need to show him that nothing has changed and he has the same rights as a child. Therefore, no need to drive out of the room at the time of feeding the baby, and the remnants of porridge or milk to give the dog.
First time Amstaff, like any other breed, perceives the child as a little puppy. This gives your baby the status of untouchability, but as soon as it grows, it loses this feature in the eyes of your pet. At this point, the dog ceases to treat the child as an untouchable and can react quite badly to his insistent attention. Therefore, you should all kind show that child - it's a family member, and it is in the hierarchy higher than a dog, and his status is the same as that of the host. This should be expressed not in violence, and their behavior. Dogs are descended from pack animals and hierarchy for their usual business, so your pet is quite easy to treat it.
It is necessary to closely monitor the dog and baby relationship. If the dog suddenly allow himself to address the behavior of the child, which would not be made in relation to an adult, it is important to intervene. For the owner of the dog pack leader and that he puts the priorities. If you protect your baby, not the dog, the dog will understand and gradually realizes that it has a lower status. Do not forget to properly educate children and to prevent them from over-use of their superiority, not to drive the dog in a corner.
The authority of the master must be absolute. You can not afford to feel sorry for the dog and to lower her times when it is really necessary to put in place. The owner must be an authority, whose decision the law. If you behave consistently and to give up the slack in education, it will lead to the fact that the dog can not accept the proposed hierarchy below him a child. Given the strength of this breed, the consequences can be very undesirable.
From 6 to 9 months puppy for the first time becomes aware of himself as a strong and important, so it may be unacceptable behavior. Owner must always be firm and consistent in those moments. It is necessary to prevent any deviations and, if necessary, can even weigh and slap. The main thing that it was done at the time of release of the puppy acceptable framework to understand what he has received. You can not be vindictive and long to avenge the violation. Do not worry that the puppy will be afraid of your hand. Adult dogs can sometimes punish their children or growl clatter mouth, but they in turn do not start to panic afraid of their parents. Make sure that the punishment occurred at the time of violation, and then everything falls into place, and the owner could again play or to feed your pet.
The punishment should be held steady hand without falling into anger. You can not invest in the strike force, sometimes it is enough just a shame butting, has nothing to do with pain. According to statistics 75% of dog bites occur in relation to members of their families. This suggests that the pets have received a bad education, and did not accept the proposed hierarchy.
Well-bred Amstaff, you can safely leave to play with children. It is with great pleasure to spend time with them for hours. The dog may accompany teenagers to walk, and is a first-class defender in case of dangerous situations. The breed is well-defined threat to the host even without special training.
In the end I want to note that any dog can not be left alone with infants. No matter how your pet is brought up and is harmless, it is actually still can not fully grasp the significance of recently appeared in the house of the baby. A separate child walk with a dog can be resolved only with 15 years, and only on condition that he is able to properly handle pet.