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I'm fostering a large intact male pit bull from the NYCACC. He passed his SAFER with flying colors and the volunteers really fell in love with him. He's had the best recommendations from them I've ever heard. That being said, I got him from the transport yesterday and he was obviously very nervous. Crouched, tail underneath. But when I got him home, he settled right in. He is very, very calm. Always relaxed, tail is just limp. He gets momentarily excited when I come down to spend time with him and his tail whips around in frenzy and he might jump a bit but settles right down to the most calm unemotional dog. He shows so little body talk. My boxer is super easy to read. You can always see when she's remotely uncomfortable, or if she is going to snap at a dog, or doesn't like other kids. Her body language screams what she is thinking. Joshua on the other hand, is soooo mellow that I have no clue what he's thinking. But he's easy to walk, super chill when we walked past my chickens. Well, he's being quarantined from my kids and dog right now. For kennel cough and to slowly introduce my dog...he's super dog friendly she is incredibly bossy. So I gave him yesterday and last night to decompress a bit and he mournfully howled all night because he was scared and lonely. Today I told my 4 year old, don't make eye contact and approach him. Wait til he came and sniffed her then if I said ok, to put her hand out so he could smell it and then if I say yes she could pet him, underneath his chin. Well, as soon as he saw her he barreled towards her his tail whipping like crazy. He tried to lick her face and kept pushing in towards her. It seemed like he really liked her. Except...he is almost face level with her and keeps looking up at her face, when we walk he's looking up at her face, when we sit he's looking at her face. Its very intense too. But he has a low, medium pace wag while he does it. If he isn't looking at her he's leaning in towards her. When my boxer doesn't like a kid being too rough with her kids, she'll stare at their face and get closer and closer then nips at their face. But there are red flags all over her posture. She is tense, her tail if wagging is pressed down tight, her back legs are little bent, her ears a little back. Its soooo obvious. But Josh seems super relaxed over all. But he certainly doesn't react to me that way and he loooves me. He is hand shy and a little nervous of men when he first meets them and then is fine when he realizes they are nice. But then he crouches, and tail is in tight and he squints his eyes tight. Thats the only obvious emotion. So what do you think? Just really loves kids, or nervous by them. Oh and my daughter listens really well and loves all animals. She was just sooo calm and gentle.
 

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Oh we don't let my dog do that, but it happened in the past the first two times, and those were the signs. If she shows any of the signs, she is immediately seperated. We've been working on it and she's getting better. She never made contact with any kids, but if we see her remotely acting like that its immediate speratation and back to training. It was never a problem til my daughter got older and so did her friends. She is fine with kids under 2, but older than that if they are running around and chasing my daughter or rough housing, Hurley felt she had to protect my daughter. She now knows that kids are off limits and that we are there and we take care of the kids. But we didn't really see it the first time and saw it happen the 2nd time and then we were aware it was a problem and see the signs. And we also tell our friends before they bring their kids over and if particularly loud hyper kids are over, she is just seperated the whole time.
 

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thats a great idea! He is terrified of our upstairs living area it seems. :/ And I just found out he's scared of my 2 year old, because he's loud and makes a lot of noises, but i'm hoping he'll get used to it. He can be very skittish. But still seems drawn to my daughter. I'll have her sit downstairs in a chair and him on the floor and see how that goes.
 
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