I have had very little experience (besides friends having them) with pits, so please excuse my ignorance on the breed.
I was watching animal police show on animal planet and they had rescued all these adorable and sad pits from a fighting ring. The whole show was heartbreaking (obviously) but what really got me was that at the end they just determined that because this pup had never been socialized and because of his history of fighting he would be euthanized.
I know the fighting of pits is a huge problem, but this show made it seem like a rescued fighting pup was totally not able to be rehabilitiated. Is that the case? It seems like if they are young enough, with enough love and training, they might have a chance...or am I just being nieve? This particular pup was totally comfortable around all humans, even when they were examining him at the vet any everything.
I dont know--this show just got to me and now I'm really curious about the ability of fighting dogs to be rehabilitated.
My boyfriend has pits and they are wonderful dogs.Bu a pit that has been trained to fight will do exactly that...fight.Even if they are good around people they wont neccesarily be good around other dogs or animals.Dogs that have been trained to fight will always have tht in them so they are considered vicios dogs.It is very hard to turn them into a good pet.
When one looks at adopting one must take into account responsibility for the dogs behavior. Many fighting dogs are quite dog agressive and handing that to the normal person looking for "spot" to sleep on the couch is like handing them a warm, loving ticking bomb.
I like Pits, but sadly, when they have not been socilized, when they have been used for fighting, they are not suited to become a pet for the general population. Sadly, the "common" dog owner knows very little.
Many people do not even understand that dogs do not come trained. That it takes a lot of work and energy to get a dog to the point of being a "good" pet. That is why so many puppies are dumped.
Its a sad state but they have decisions to make based off of their responsibility and liability to and for the public.
Yeah, that definetly makes sense. I guess the logical part of my brain knew this (especially being an attorney), but I was watching that show on animal planet and was just so upset! I need to STAY away from those shows, but I am just so drawn to them!
Its so sad how this dog fighting has gotten so out of control. And its even more sad how it leads to BSL which IMO will only make the problem worse. *sigh*
I too, feel it is so sad to think that the SPCA rescues all these Pit Bulls and then ends up euthanizing them. But I guess they are better off dieing a humane death, rather than being chewed apart in a fight.
It just seems like such a waste. But then again, I'll never understand the mentality of the dog fighters.
I wish I could rescue some more dogs, but am near my limit now. I do enjoy watching those shows on the animals planet.
A game-trained pit bull is extremely dangerous. Granted, it isn't the animal's fault; it's just doing what it was bred and trained to do. But it would be irresponsible to release such a dog back into the public. It isn't like a cocker spaniel, that might occasionally snap at a kid when it gets annoyed. If a fighting dog turns JUST ONE TIME, it's catastrophic. Someone in my town just found that out the hard way this past week.
The larger problem is that people simply select breeds that are totally incompatible with their lifestyle, thinking that they can just mold it into a perfect unobtrusive lapdog, then seem shocked when the dog exhibits the very behaviors for which it was originally bred!
Their border collie is hyperactive and tries to herd guests together.
Their schnauzer barks whenever it sees something moving outside.
Their lab incessantly wants to play fetch.
Their bull terrier reacts aggressively to running and high pitched screaming, and unlike most dogs does not release when their quarry submits.
Sorry, guys, but socialization AND genes govern a dog's behavior. Just know what you're getting yourself into and be prepared.
When this breed use to be used for dog fighting when dog fighting was legal,a game bred Pit Bull was never human aggressive. It couldn't be so. These dogs couldn't be handled in the pit being human agressive.Your classic example was Petey from the Little Rascals. There where 4 different dogs that where used for that show. All game bred. A game bred dog is the stable around humans.Yes all are dog aggressive to varying degrees,but should be able to be contolled.I would rather have a dog aggressive any day,before a human aggressive dog.A lot of dog bites,the owners of their dogs don't see the signs of a unstable dog.When these dogs where used for dog fighting,you never heard of these dogs attacking humans,why , because they where bred to be stable.Again there being bred for peoples own gain with no regard for the breeds tempermant.
Actually, dogs that have been used for fighting can absolutely still be adopted out and still be happy and well with other dogs. Remember, just because some jerkwad allowed a dog to get all beat up on doesn't mean it was even dog aggressive in the first place. On animal planet I see them take a really scarred and injured dog and assume it will not get along with other dogs and be a danger. In some cases this may be true, in others it is not. I know someone who has a pit named Lucy who was rescued from someone who fought her and she has just graduated from advanced obedience and I do believe has her CGC. However, with so many already needing homes, maybe they go ahead and PTS those because they don't have the time and manpower to take care of the extra effort it might take to get them healthy and happy. And if they ARE dog aggressive and people friendly (like Manson is) it is just that much harder to adopt them out, so it could also be a matter of just trying to save the space for more adoptable ones.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 6/23/2005 7:42:08 AM*** Reason: werywqery