Pit Bull Ownership
show the world why Pit Bull dogs are so deserving of our
Spay and neuter your Pit Bull. Altered
pets live longer, "happier" and healthier life. They
are also more stable and easier to raise when not triggered
by their sexual hormones. To date, no fatal dog attack
by an altered dog was ever reported.
allow your Pit Bull to roam free. Dogs
are just like human children. When not supervised,
the decisions they make are often not for their
best interest. When a Golden Retriever runs up
to a person, they say, “How
sweet!” When a
Pit Bull does the exact same thing, people say, “Vicious
dog!” The public doesn't wait before calling animal
control or even the cops when they see a Pit Bull
on the loose. Due to their bad reputation, these
dogs are frequently killed by police officers.
This is an unfortunate truth. Let's not make the
reputation of the Pit Bull worse than it already
is. For the safety of your dog and the general
dog population, keep your Pit Bull behind a fence!
Always keep your Pit Bull on leash. Even
if you believe you have full control of your dog
and a good recall, you can't predict his/her reaction
if a cat or a squirrel runs in front of him. Keep in
mind that those dogs are "Terriers". A high prey drive and
urge to chase other animals is an inherent trait of the
Never take your Pit Bull to a dog park. Even
if you think your Pit Bull is wonderful with other
dogs, all it takes is once. If a Labrador starts a
fight and your Pit Bull finishes it, whom will everyone
blame? Let's face it; the Pit Bull is always at fault
in the eyes of the public.
Take your Pit Bull to obedience classes. Yet
again, in the eyes of the general public Pit Bulls are
menacing creatures. The more socially acceptable they
are by having impeccable manners, the better the reputation
they will have. And remember, once is NOT enough. Ongoing
obedience classes are best.
Socialize your Pit Bull as much as possible
before and after they reach maturity. A
shy Pit Bull is a pathetic creature indeed. Not
only is being shy an abnormal Pit Bull trait,
it also could be dangerous. You want your dog
to be able to handle new situations with confidence
and pleasure. As with obedience classes, once
is not enough! Ongoing socialization will ensure
your dog's happiness by showing him the world
is a wonderful place. And please remember, socialization
does not mean your dog running around with other
dogs off leash! An obedience class in which he
may never get to ‘say hi' to any other dog is
Be a responsible parent! Do not allow your
Pit Bull to be subjected to people who are belligerent
or cruel. By ‘forcing' your dog to ‘say hi'
to these types of people, you are being an irresponsible
parent! You would never expect your human child to
simply take whatever you dish out and like it. Please
do not expect this from your dog.
Know where your dog is at all times. Don't
leave your Pit Bull outside unattended. Who knows
what is going on in the back yard while you are away.
Are children teasing your dog? Is your dog learning
to be aggressive by having to defend himself in these
situations? Don't leave the parenting up to others.
Responsibility is the key to proper and safe Pit Bull
Pit Bulls need a job. Whether this
job is obedience classes, taking a walk with you
everyday, sitting at your feet while you are on the
computer in the evenings, or something more intense
such as search and rescue, a Pit Bull needs to feel
important and needed. They are highly intelligent animals
with fine tuned problem solving skills. They need an
outlet for this energy.
Daily exercise is a must! Playing
fetch, hiking or whatever you love to do, your Pit
Bull will be more than willing to participate.
Understand that Pit Bulls may be dog-aggressive. The
breed was initially created and developed for the
sport of dog-fighting. As a result, Pit Bulls have
an important predisposition for dog-aggression. Take
precautions and use common sense. Don't allow your
Pit Bull to run up to unknown dogs and never allow
unknown dogs to run up to your Pit Bull. Remember,
you are the leader! Pit Bull owners should not expect
their dog to be friends with unfamiliar dogs. Some
Pit Bulls cannot be around any other dogs at all. With
Pit Bulls you cannot ‘train out'
the desire to fight another dog anymore than you can ‘train
out' the desire to chase running rabbits in the Greyhound.
You can curb this behavior and often control it, but
not stop it altogether. As long as you understand this
and can love your dog for who and what he is, you've
got it made!
Never leave Pit Bulls alone and unsupervised
with other animals. Even though you think
they are the best of friends, it's better to be
safe than sorry! All it takes is one time for a
fight to break out. This is especially true with
multiple Pit Bulls in one household. Don't take
any chances and remember this saying… Never trust your Pit
Bull not to fight another dog… ever!
Keep your Pit Bull in an enclosure that
is escape proof. Pit Bull proof your fence.
Those dogs are very strong and resourceful. Pit Bulls
should be kept in the house in crates when home alone.
This is the utmost in safety. Just make sure your dog
cannot get out to roam. If your dog makes a mistake,
all Pit Bull owners pay for it!
Don't breed or buy while shelter animals
die. With thousands of Pit Bulls dying
in shelters, don't be a part of the problem. Be
part of the solution!
A Good Pit Bull
A Good Pit Bull is a very people-oriented dog. It's a dog
who smiles at your visitors and greets them with a wagging
tail. A good Pit Bull is confident and alert, and like most
canines, will let you know if there is something around the
house or in your driveway. However, a good Pit Bull will let
YOU take care of intruders because YOU are the leader and its
YOUR job to protect the pack. Your dog should not have to interpret
threats and act on them.
You "hopefully" didn't get a Pit Bull to protect you anyway.
If you needed a guard dog, you would have looked into other
breeds more suitable for protection, or best, just get a good
alarm system. You would not impose to an animal the responsibility
to judge situations and make intelligent decisions that could
eventually bite him back in the ass if ever he was wrong...!
You got a Pit Bull because you wanted a trustworthy and friendly
companion, and maybe a dog with an impressive look and confidant
demeanor so people would "think" you have a good guard dog.
You have since realized that YOU better be the guard dog because
your Pit Bull is indeed more at risk of being stolen than your
Don't be bummed. If ever you are the victim of an act of violence,
a good Pit Bull will probably instinctively attempt to defend
you because you are the food provider and he depends on you
for his survival (and yes, he loves you too ;-) If you are
not being aggressed though, a good Pit Bull will be friendly
with anyone with no distinction in regard to age, sex, skin
color, clothing, ect, because a good Pit Bull is a stable dog
and you have socialized him well.
You can take your good Pit Bull in public and do breed PR
with him because you trust your dog and your dog trusts you.
He is not unpredictable, unstable, fearful, uncontrollable,
or selective of who he "likes" and who makes him uncomfortable.
Your good Pit Bull will work with you to improve the reputation
of the breed by showing people how cool and friendly good Pit
Bulls really are.
If your dog is not like that, please do not take him in public
and do all you can to keep him out of trouble. Remember that
we are the solders of an important battle. Our dogs are no
ordinary dogs. They are being "targeted", "pointed at" and "outcast" by
society. They are on the verge of being completely banned out
of this country. Our dogs have something to prove right now,
and so do we.
Good Pit Bulls have good owners!