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Old 05-18-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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...although it shouldn't really...I was walking Sophie late night and we turned down a street...and coming towards us were a group of young gentlemen laughing loudly and quite full of themselves. They saw me first, a slight older woman, they weren't giving up the sidewalk for me. Then I heard someone say " HEY THAT'S a PIT" and they all ran to the street.

They obviously hadn't seen her a few minutes before when she stepped on a piece of cardboard and scared herself. She heard the crunch from her own foot and leaped away...poor misunderstood Pookins
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katydid, I'm not surprised at all. A few weeks ago, I was on my way home from work. I turned the corner, and there was a large brown dog standing in the middle of the road. I stopped my car, and noticed that he had a nice blue nylon collar on. He must have gotten out of the house some how, and was lost. There was a man on the other side of the street, trying to get into his van. He was screaming at the dog to get away. I put the window down, and he screamed at me! Is that your damn pit? Here, the poor dog was afraid and was trying to approach the man. I don't think he was a pit, but an undocked boxer, or boxer mix. I told him it was not my dog, I stopped so I wouldn't hit him with my car. I only live one street over, so I ran inside and grabbed a leash. Sadly, I couldn't find the poor dog. I can only hope that the dog's owner found him before animal control.

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Someone came to our door one night selling something and actually asked if Ming was a pit bull. GEEZ!

I will say, people don't mess with me. I'm fairly small and next to me, Ming looks huge and he's really not. Far larger than a pit but still...

Yeah, people are idiots.
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I love pits! Especially pit pups. I just love how pits look slender and athletic and trustworthy. ): I would love to have a pit if I had the energy to keep up with one, or more experience with dogs.

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I love pits! Especially pit pups. I just love how pits look slender and athletic and trustworthy. ): I would love to have a pit if I had the energy to keep up with one, or more experience with dogs.
Yes, they do take energy, strength and a sense of humor but I know now I will always have a pit. We were talking about that at the park yesterday, how if you're lucky you find a breed that perfectly fits your personality and lifestyle. The gentleman speaking was passionate about poodles.

I'm fond of many breeds but the bullies I've met share being incredibly bonded to their favorite human and the stamina to hike miles every day...just the doggie for me. But you have to keep a sometimes dark sense of humor in reserve. Bullies are often misunderstood globally n' the best ya can do is enlighten...one person at a time.
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Yes, they do take energy, strength and a sense of humor but I know now I will always have a pit. We were talking about that at the park yesterday, how if you're lucky you find a breed that perfectly fits your personality and lifestyle. The gentleman speaking was passionate about poodles.

I'm fond of many breeds but the bullies I've met share being incredibly bonded to their favorite human and the stamina to hike miles every day...just the doggie for me. But you have to keep a sometimes dark sense of humor in reserve. Bullies are often misunderstood globally n' the best ya can do is enlighten...one person at a time.


When you bring a new pit into your life, do you adopt/rescue or buy one from a breeder? How do you deal with behavioral problems? Of course, I don't mean to be prejudiced against pits, but all big dogs need an extra extra eye out on them when disciplining them just because of the sheer size...

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There are people out there who feel breeders are the way to go with any dog because I suppose they feel then you know something about the family, history etc etc. But there are so many dogs already born...and many shelters will put the bullies down first when they run out of space. So there are alot of dogs with pitbull appearance who would make wonderful pets in shelters and rescues across the US and into Canada.

It's a crapshoot going to a city shelter, at least rescues usually know something about the dogs in their care. When we adopted Sophie her history card was blank-no age/name/was she good with other animals? people? No answers at all. But we were very lucky and because I was older and had some dog experience I got her through her fears.

If you're thinking about a pitbull, look on PetFinder under bull terrier, American Staffordshire and Staffordshire-only difference in the two is the American tends to be bit taller and heavier with a less boxy head. Personality-wise they're all fantastic...energetic, sometimes stubborn, very fast and strong...but absolutely terrific dogs.
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How did you get your pits over their fears? If a big dog was scared of something, I wouldn't know how to handle them (again, because of their sheer size... I'm very small)

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jooce, any dog, reguardless of size, can be fear agressive. How to get any dog past this, takes a lot of time and energy. Training all depends on what the dog is fearful of.

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It's not your size or the size of the dawg, it's about training. There's a woman down the way from here who walks her mountain dog every morning...mountain dogs often top 100lbs. This woman could probably saddle this dog up and take a ride. But he walks beside her every day and matches her step for step. That is what incredible training can do.

Pitbulls can be stubborn about leash walking. Add the ginourmous amout of muscle in their neck and shoulders and you can have a challenging dog. Terriers as a breed also often have a high prey drive. Not all dogs have it, but it means if they see a small animal including squirrels and cats they will take you with them to catch it. Once again it's about training and teaching them to "leave it".

Many people use something called a martingale collar for better control and/or a harness. A well trained pit is still going to pull, that's their nature, but if you learn to be in control your pitty will absolutely want to please you. For that you want an experienced trainer, reading and practice practice practice...

Calming a fearful dog, big or small takes patience and understanding. I don't have young kids in the house anymore so I had time to spend with Sophie. With a fearful dog you need to figure out what situations or things set them off. Sophie's list was thunder, helium balloons, the sound of metal gates closing, the sound of a car trunk closing, walking past a dark vacant lot on our street, human figures with hoods walking at night, big groups of people, being in the house in the dark.

Some things you can't avoid, when it thunders or even rains we have a windowless spare bathroom that the animals seem to use as a storm shelter-look in there during a heavy rain and there's cats in the sink and tub and the dog curled on the rug. Helium balloons and soap bubbles spook her. I can't reason with her about why so we just stay away from them. As for the dark and people we go to a nature reserve close by during daylight.

She gets her exercise racing off leash and there aren't alot of people or other dogs. It gives her social time too. Off leash she's great with other dogs, and the picnics and people we meet on the trails don't pose a threat because she's off leash. On leash we avoid things like street fairs and congested city streets...easier for everyone concerned.

I can feel when she starts to get scared. She drops her body down and trembles right up the leash as she walks. Then you just repeat the mantra " Its okay its okay its okay I don't know what it is but its okay its okay...". Loving a fearful dog is rewarding but it takes alot of patience and creativity sometimes.
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