Owning a Pit
Is a Pit Bull the right Dog for you?
A lot of people get into ownership without properly researching the breed. This can lead to problems down the road, so before you adopt your first Pit Bull, please read below and make sure that this is the breed for you. Without the right information, the best intentions can result in an unhappy dog and an unhappy owner.
If you want a dog that you can take to the dog park, then this is probably not the right dog for you. While many pit bulls can and do get along with other dogs, some cannot. This is a genetic tendency and tends to surface at maturity. It has nothing to do with how little or much a dog was socialized or how it was treated at any point in its life. It is a sad fact that some owners for many generations back have bred specificially to create a fighting dog and, while in a typical litter, only one or two of the litter will actually inherit this impulse, this is still something that a pit bull owner should be aware or. Every Pit Bull that gets into a fight at a dog park reinforces in people's minds that these are vicious dogs. Even if your dog doesn't start the fight, the pit bull will always be the one blamed. Believe it or not, despite the fact that our foster dogs are never allowed in an off leash area and are always on leash when in public, they have been blamed for fights that happen just when they're in the vicinity. We caution all our adopters about this. Some Pits can live happily with all manner of other animals, and some can't.
Some dogs are exceptional at just lying around and not doing much of anything. The Pit Bull is not one of them. Pits are terriers and terriers need a lot of exercise and stimulation. A lack of this will make for a bored and unhappy dog, and by extension, an unhappy owner. Pit Bulls often compete in such sports as Weight Pulling and Fly Ball. They are classed as a Working Breed, and as such, need something to do. If you enjoy jogging, long walks and running, then this is the perfect breed for you.
Don't believe in Discipline?
If you don't have the inclination or resources to train your dog, then the Pit Bull is not for you. We count on Pit Bull owners to showcase the very best of their breed. Any terrier breed can be stubborn and require an owner who has a strong but gentle hand. Without training your dog will not know what he is meant to do, and is then confused when you shout at him. Being a bully breed, Pit Bulls tend to be very determined, whether they are tugging on a spring pole or chewing on your couch. Without structure, they can end up being a strong force in the household. We endorse only positive reinforcement training and can provide recommendations of trainers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral.
Pit Bulls are notorious for being sloppy bundles of love. If you want a guard dog, then this is not the dog for you. They are famous for loving people, even strangers, and are more likely to make friends with the guy stealing your t.v. set than try to stop him. A lot of people are overwhelmed by their level of affection, and if they want to sit on your lap and lick your face, you won't be able to say much about it! If you are looking for an independent dog who won't bother you with wanting cuddles and attention, the Pit is not for you.
Tough, Mean Dog
If this is why you want a dog, then you should probably invest in a personal alarm or get yourself up the gym. Dogs are NOT and SHOULDN'T BE status symbols or symbols of brute strength. This is how the Pit Bull got its reputation in the first place.
There is nothing sadder to us than someone hiding behind a dog that they have brutalized. Mistreating a dog is like mistreating a child. Both are vulnerable and both look to us to set an example with complete trust. If you want a tougher image, get a tattoo.