I understand pitts were bred for fighting and they are well known for being used as fighting dogs but hanestly can people get their head out the ground!!!Most large breeds can be used for fighting dogs.And just because someone weight trains their dog doesnt mean thier fighting their dogs!!!!I love my pitt and wouldnt ever hurt him and vice versa.Pitts are sweet dog and people need to look over the stereotypes.Im more worried of getting attacked by a small dog than a pitt bull.
I'm thinking this is because of the 'bulking up a dobie' thread. For me personally, the reason I said that people should be careful with treadmills is because, unfortunately, people that DO fight Pit Bulls commonly use this technique to make the dogs stronger. So it ruins it for the people that use Pit Bulls for legitamate sports, like weight pulling. Treadmills ARE a good way to bulk up a dog, but its a double edged sword because it's something that can be abused, and many SPCAs recognize this and watch out for it. If they just ignored it completely, numerous dogs that really were being fought would go unnoticed. It's a preventative measure. I think it's important to pay attention to things like that. If they really are using stuff like that for legitamate reasons, then they have nothing to hide. But if they aren't, they will be caught and punished for it.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 3/29/2005 5:25:24 PM*** Reason: grammar
first of all babybaja03 you make no sense,do me a favor slap yourself.how in the world are you going to be more afraid of getting attacked by a little dog rather than a pitbull.something aint right in your head.if you treadmill your pits which you have stated that you have you can be looking at some serious charges so either get rid of the treadmill or they are going to get rid of your dogs,shame on you for even owning a dog and i hope you pay for your animal cruelty.
***Edited By: doberman n pitbull on 3/29/2005 5:29:08 PM*** Reason: grammar
No this wont towards you (honest)I was on messenger and someone wa int the chat room talkin about it.It was drivin me crazy cuz i know personally they are sweet dogs.Block is just a big baby.It was nothing towards you and sorry if it seemed that way.
Oh good! I thought I offended you, I hate offending people :) I totally understand your protectiveness about the breed though. There are several members on here with pits that have to deal with negative steriotypes all the time. It was funny because I went to the shelter the other week and there were 10 pit bulls there, all of which were so friendly that their wagging tails were smacking the walls. And the dog that tried to snip at my daughter? The black lab in the back. So any dog is capable of being mean. Pit bulls that are raised right and with knowledgable owners make very good family pets :)
and dobe whatever your name is my pitt and my families pitts have never even went after a cat.I figure your a doberman person so you would understand but obviously not.It's not illegal here anyways.And if i have to be arrested for it than so should the other people they show on animal planet treadmill training their dogs.My dog runs on a treadmill because he pulls carts for sport.
dobe, your not making any sense. I know many people who let their dogs on a tread mills, not for fighting for exercise and cart pulling. there is nothing wrong with that, though fighting is VERy cruel.
Granted that things like treadmills and springpoles can be present for muscle building when a breeder is breeding fighting dogs.
However these things can also be found in the operations for many show breeders conditioning dogs with treadmill running. Springpoles are present for their dog's enjoyment and exercise.
I'm almost certain that law officials can distinguish between the two types of breeders and pit owners.
I've been tossing the idea of a treadmill for me and my two pits. I think it's a very good alternative to walking everyday. I doubt if there will be a law officer knocking at my door charging me with having a secret dog fighting operation.
treadmills are not animal cruelty. Geeze here we go again huh? There are other ways to exercise the dogs in my opinion but just because someone eown a treadmill does not mean they are training their dogs to fight or being cruel. pit Bull terriers and their like breeds have a lot of Energy and need to run. I was simply pointing out that one could be waving a flag saying come over here and harass me. IMO it is not good advice to tell others to simply use a treadmill or pull weights because some people are not privy to the stereotyping surrounding these things and could find themselves in a world of trouble. If it is something you really need and your dog could benifit from it ask your vet to write a perscription for it. This way you have it documented that there is a reason for the use of it and it is not an illegal one.
We are starting weight pull training on our 2 girls(pits) and we also wanted to purchase a treadmill especially for in the colder months when you cant get them out everyday for adaquate exercise.Because of their breed I was conserned what some people might think,even though you can look at my girls and see they arent fought.Around here if you are even suspected of dog fighting(& treads are dogfighting parafeniala<sp>) then the law will confinscate<sp> your dogs till further investigation is done.What I did was called my boro police and had a talk with one of the officers and explained everything to him and even offered him to come visit cuz my girls love company lol.
He told me to have no worries.We are not useing it for improper reasons.Also,just to make myself feel a little more secure,I had him print me a paper stating our conversation and that he "allowed" (if you wanna put it that way) me to have a tread and he signed it.
***Edited By: bluepitlover on 3/29/2005 8:26:44 PM*** Reason: to many T's LOL
Treadmills are used for all different sized show dogs also (Toy to Working). Professional handlers handle as many as 10 or more dogs at a time, and couldn't possibly have the time to walk each one individually, along with feeding, grooming, training etc. Muscle tone is important in all breeds.
Sorry I didnt read all the thread I just keep seeing the word Pit Bull spelled Pitt Bull and it's driving me nuts! It is spelled with only one T. As far as treadmills being illegal? That is not true at all. Many people who train their dogs to weight pull use treadmills.
P&D I would think you would have to be suspected of illegal dog activities and have a crude homemade treadmill along with other dogfighting paraphernalia to be considered illegal.
To simply have a treadmill from Sports Authority and to own a pitbull at the same time would be exempted. Besides, I don't see a disclaimer on the equipment that says, "Illegal To Be Purchased By PitBull Owners." And it doesn't seem credible to take a perscription into a health equipment store from your Vet to be able to purchase one if you do have a pitbull.
"sorry Gina but you are wrong there are many places where treadmills are illegal to have without a prescription from a doctor or a vet."
P&D I have searched the Internet and I have found no State or city laws which state tread mills are illegal? So just where did you get your info? How can a State or city make treadmills illegal? As someone else pointed out they are used all the time by dog breeders/owners all the time as a means of keeping a dog fit.
PitPat2AZ Excellent post!
***Edited By: GinaH on 3/29/2005 11:11:15 PM*** Reason: **
I dont see the problem with owning a treadmill for your dogs. I am going to be building a spring pole for my two girls, Sun and Daisy. Saying that you fight your pits because you own a treadmill is retarded. Thats like saying that i fight my pit because i take her swimming.
People need to get a life and stopped stereotyping pits and thier owners. I swear that people have nothing better to do but cause fights.
I agree with the original poster. Im more afraid of being bitten by a small dog than by a pit, and i live down by a huge dog fighting ring.
"first of all babybaja03 you make no sense,do me a favor slap yourself.how in the world are you going to be more afraid of getting attacked by a little dog rather than a pitbull.something aint right in your head.if you treadmill your pits which you have stated that you have you can be looking at some serious charges so either get rid of the treadmill or they are going to get rid of your dogs,shame on you for even owning a dog and i hope you pay for your animal cruelty."
I think you need to come back to reality yourself. I've never been attacked by a pit but I have been attacked by a yorkie. I actually have the same fear, no need for slapping myself now. I've only met 5 other Yorkies but they were the same very territorial to not only other dogs but people. No offense to people owning this breed, its actually many Toy breeds, I wouldn't want to say they have bad temperaments I think a lot of it is bad breeders and more so bad irresponsible owners. They think sense the dog is little its okay and even cute for it to be vicious, I'm much more afraid of being bitten by a Toy dog or lab then a Pit Bull but that is me. People are different and have different dogs they are worried about.
It depends on where your at and the law as far as charges go which can always be fought and thats something I and other Pit owners are willing to do for our dogs. I also use a treadmill, I use as many sources of conditioning as possible so its never to boring and to work different muscles. Why should they not own a dog? Because they provide quality excersize to their animal? That even in the freezen weather or burning hot weather they can still excersize their dog? That is some cruelty.
And actually people do need to watch out even if they aren't doing anything wrong and don't have anything to hide. That is a false sense of security. INNOCENT people have had their dogs conficated and killed before they were even able to be cleared of their false charges. Winning the case was nice, but it can't bring back the life of their wonderful pets or show dogs. Some have sued, some win some do not.