This post is part of HuffPost's ongoing #PitBullWeek coverage.
One of the biggest myths surrounding pit bulls and other so-called "bully breeds" centers on the acceptance of these dogs into homes with children. Understandably, many parents want to make sure a family companion will be another loving, protective addition to their homes, and many have looked past the misconceptions to see these dogs for what they really are; just about the nicest pups there are.
Like any breed, some dogs are good with kids and some aren't. Parents and dog owners can take quite a few steps to encourage good behavior from both pets and children when the two interact, including appropriate supervision and obedience training, according to these tips from the ASCPA.
Take a look at this clip from HuffPost Live to hear pit bull foster parent Brian Garton talk about Brooklyn, a rescue pup that came from an abused home and is now living a happy, healthy life with Garton and his family.
HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned "breed" that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home. You can follow along with HuffPost Pit Bull Week here, or on Facebook and Twitter where we'll be using the hashtag #PitBullWeek.
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