Hi, I'm the proud owner of a 7 month old rednosed pit. He's such a sweet dog, but gets so excited when he sees other dogs. Regardless, once he gets close... he usually runs around them, sniffs them, licks them.... As I walked him after work this evening... his leash slipped from my hands. As bad luck would have it, a girl that works in my apartment complex office was out with her very aggressive and very ugly dog. My dog - still somewhat of a puppy - charges towards her and her dog. Me, being his loving owner, knows he will not do anything.... but this girl TOTALLY overreacts.... screaming, "oh my God! oh my God!!" She THEN proceeds to pull her dog up by its CHAIN to guard it from my pup.... She then decides to lecture us about keeping my dog on a leash (which I always do) before running across the parking lot to be at a "safe distance". My dog has already been in puppy class, and is enrolled for basic obedience this month. I eventually want to get him certified as a K9 Good Citizen. My point is, however much we try to make our pits ambassadors of their breed, there will always be some overreactive freak out there to make 'em out to be monsters! Please, be careful with your pit babies!!
I had to snicker a little when I read your post. I have a Rotty pup. Even though he is only 9wks old you would be amased at how many people give you a look when you tell them what kind of dog your raising." Don't you know those dogs are pure evil" Ha!!. I have got in many heated debates with people over the simple rule of, dogs are not mean people are.
i know what you mean, aesparza, when my lab (a lab!) was a puppy i had her at my daughter's soccer game, and the leash slipped, of course she wanted to see all the people around, and i got a real yelling at, even with a lab. nobody's perfect!
People are so annoying. I'm thinking of getting a pitbull just so people will stay away from me. People treat pits so bad. They are not bad dogs. Some have issues, but not all. It's the same with ALL dogs. People see or meet or hear about one bad apple and the whole breed becomes tainted. If I were you I would have shown the woman the leash and gone off on her about judging and lecturing people before they know what the real deal is.
It's just kinda hard to accept I guess. You know, I always read everyone's posts about people scurrying to pick up their children, little dogs, etc... out of fear. It was hard for me to believe as my dog was still very small, very cute, and not as intimidating I guess. Also, to DANI542. Another antecdote you could appreciate....We ran into two strays around my complex. One seemed to be a lab or lab cross puppy - around 7 months old. The other, maybe a 1-2 year old rottie. A few days before my b/f and I ran into them, a maintenance man at my complex warned us of two big rottwielers that didn't look too friendly. Well, they walked up to us (and my pit) and were the sweetest things!! We ended up loading them into my b/f's van and putting them into his yard until we could contact a rescue organization. Anyway, goes to show you how people can be prejudice :(
Truthfully I don't blame her for her reaction. I'm always afraid when a strange dog suddenly runs up to me. You never know whats going to happen. A neighbor's dog once escaped for his yard and ran accross the street jumped up at me and knocked me down when I was little. I know he was just being friendly, but I was terified and couldn't get near another dog for months. There may have been a reason why she wanted to protect her dog. Her dog maybe have been dog aggressive. She could have reacted the same with a golden for all we know.
All I can say is I would have done the same thing. #1 You dont know when a dog is friendly? Would it be smart to wait and see if the other dog is going to attack yours or pick it up. I would pick mine of if a dog charged at us, appearing friendly or not. #2 People need to be more responsible and sometimes be reminded of being responsible and told about their irresponsibility of letting their dog loose or close to other dogs. How is some one supposed to know you accidently let the dog free? And how was it allowed to happen? Owning dogs is a big responsibility, Pit Bulls an even more extreme responsibility. Get a better grip on your dog, you should have control of it.
True_Pits, You've never in your life had a leash slip from your hand?? Please. Also, the subtopic asks for sympathy to a vent, not a lecture. No need for self righteousness here, buddy. BTW - I understand being weary of a strange dog. But to literally hang your dog by its chain and scream "oh my God" over and over is a bit dramatic. SHEESH
after training class last week scout an i stopped at the pet store to buy some stuff. we were walking around and stopped to look at toys. next thing i hear is this lady saying ' excuse me ' so i turned around. she asked me if i had my dog on a tight leash. now scout was just sitting next to me sniffin' toys. i saw she had a little dog with her. i thought that was a little rude considering her dog was at the end of its leash. so if she was afraid of her dog getting attacked she should have shortened up on the leash. then she gave me another hassle as i made my way to the cashier. there was only one cashier open and this woman happened to be standing in front of the counter but not buying anything. so she rudely asked where i was going so she could avoid a " confrontation " so i told her i was headed for the cashier. at this point scout was real interested in her dog. so i told scout to stay next to me because the woman was afraid her little dog might hurt her. i got a pretty nasty look from the woman but she left us alone. now nobody knows what scout is so it wasn't breed bias in her case. just a woman scared of bigs dogs i guess.
Even though this was a funny reaction to you this could have been seriousto her. If I saw a dog running up to me I would definately react. My son was bit by a pit mix that the owner thought was a ham. 8 hours in the ER and 11 stitches (2internal) to put his lip back together. I was horrified. This may not be the way your dog acts its entire life or maybe it will. Dogs are animals and they are not predictable. I won't even let my Lhasa (15 lbs) alone with anyone who doesn't live in my house or my two youngest kids. Your breed is known for a stronger bite than many other breeds. People are afraid of pits naturally because they don't know how good that dog will be or how good its owners raised it. I have never let a leash slip from my hands. I would be fearful of what may happen to my dog. (cars, other dogs, etc) This may seem silly to you, but it is really a matter of safety. You said you knew her dog was mean. Your dog could have been hurt. Consider walking it on a halter and wrap the leash around your wrist. Better safe than sorry. If another dogs pick a fit with your dog, your dog is likely to fight back and you could loose your pet and be fined by the police. The public is not lenient on pits by any means. BE CAREFUL!
I accidently had a leash slip when I was walking Tigger . This was about 4 years ago. We where walking around the block ,she heard some comotion going on ,I didn't have the leash wrapped around my wrist,she pulled it right out of my hand and ran into the peoples yard and bit their little hot dodg doggy. Just a little bite. Moral of the story always have a good hold of your leash. Nothing happened . The lady took the dog to the vets,I payed the bill. She understood dogs will be dogs.I always wrap the leash around my wrist now.It was an accident ,but something much worse could've happened if I didn't catch Tigger in time. Here's another story about these 2 guys that just moved into out nieghborhood. They have a Border Collie that they decided they where going to walk off leash,and just let it run randomly through all the yards late at night.I took my other dog Piper to the pet store for food. My hubby let Tigger out to pee. Well here comes the guys with the Border Collie.It runs into our yard ,Tigger is very territorial about strange dogs coming into our yard. She and the other dog get it on. These guys where punching and kicking my dog . My hubby heard all the noise ,ran out and pulled her off.The guys took off with their dog,called the police and lied about my dog going into the street and attacking their dog.I called the police and and ac and told them what happened ,those guys got fined for walking their dog off leash.I had a beware of dog and no tresspassing signs up,they ignored the signs,their dog got hurt. I feel bad for the dog,but these guys are idiots. As matter of fact they are scum,they just stoled a nieghbors propane tank,and throw used coffe cups in our back yard when they are done with them as they drive past.
Try owning a male brindle Am Staff that would be so excited to see people that he would smile !! Talk about people running !! lol It was ALWAYS mistaken for growling / showing his teeth. This breed is so misunderstood, and that saddens me. He was the friendliest dog on the planet to both people and pets. Unfortunately I lost him to Osteosarcoma 3 wks ago @ 10 1/2 yrs of age. All I can say is that if you own a pit of any sorts, PLEASE be responsible owners. Do your best to make sure that your dog represents the breed in a POSITIVE manner. Dont let the media perpetuate hate towards this breed.
"True_Pits, You've never in your life had a leash slip from your hand?? Please. Also, the subtopic asks for sympathy to a vent, not a lecture. No need for self righteousness here, buddy. BTW - I understand being weary of a strange dog. But to literally hang your dog by its chain and scream "oh my God" over and over is a bit dramatic. SHEESH" No I dont let leashes slip from my hand, I had a Dobie break a leash. A couple shows ago in the 6-9 months class a man across the ring had a leash slip, you know what happened? The person across from him who the dog was running from PICKED HIS DOG UP. The said "Oh Shit" and caught his girl. No one ever said accidents DONT Happen, but now since I'm talking about actually being a responsible Pit Bull owner (and yes I am) I'm self ritious, thats nice. I love my breed, sick of irresponsible people, sick of laziness, sick of excuses, sick of it all. Letting a leash slip may be an accident but the owner is still responsible for any damage their dog causes. Sorry I'm not sympathetic, how should I be? "Oh I'm so sorry the owner was afraid of your dog, they had no right to be, your dog is so friendly it must have hurt you so bad for them to pick their dog up trying to save it, so sorry for your trouble" Never said she wasn't dramatic, hanging the dog by its chain kind of stupid. I would have picked my dog up IN MY ARMS and said OMG. "Try owning a male brindle Am Staff that would be so excited to see people that he would smile !! Talk about people running !! lol It was ALWAYS mistaken for growling / showing his teeth. This breed is so misunderstood, and that saddens me." I know exactly how you feel, thats what happens when irresponsible people and BYB breeders get ahold of a breed.
I agree with that. If a leash slips or breaks(believe me ,before I take either of my girls out for a walk ,I check for wear on their harnesses or leash),i'm the one who's responsible for what my dogs do.When Tigger slipped the leash and bit the hot doggy dog,I paid the vet bill. It least she was cool about the whole thing.Accidents do happen,but from the accidents hopefully one can become wiser from the mistake and not have it happen again.I know i'm much wiser from my mistakes.
Yeah, in the eyes of the law you are responsible no matter what. If your dog is not leashed your dog could be destroyed by animal control if anything happened, even accidentally. This is more likely to happen if you own a bully breed or rotti or other breed known as a top biter. Or even just an aggresive appearing dog. I could see hoe it may seem funny, but you need to protect yourself. There are people out there who watch people with pits (or simliar breeds) and will turn you in to animal control at first chance. You could be fined and have your pet taken from you. There are lots of websites out there trying to fight the standard of hate against these breeds. My attorney made this statement just after my son was bitten, "Florida should pass a low that requires every pit bull to be destroyed and their owners put in prison." He wasn't joking. I am not trying to judge you, but I am trying to make you aware of the prejudice against your dog.
hey i've been off the computer for a while but i do understand were everyone comes from.myself would have picked up my dog if a strange dog ran towards me no matter what the breed of dog is.small or large. especillaly if i have my child with me.trust me i've had my pit bulls just rip the leash out of my hands b4. this is a very strong breed of dog. try the no-pull haulter (its kinda like a horse haulter but used for dogs) here's a story for you:i had my doberman in the pet store with me standing looking at magizens when all of a sudden this "older worman" freeks because i had a doberman in the store!!!i already had her on a short leash plus she was always in there with me and one of my pit bulls.the cashiers love my dogs and love to give them their treats.this lady was gonna go to the manger to ask him to tell me to leave because she felt threatened by my dogs. well the manger told her she can shop but i was not leaving because they new my dogs were not dangerous and had been coming to the store since they were puppies. its part of their training.she ended up walking out and said she would be back later. the manger told her he didn't control the breed of dogs that come into his store and told her she would have to put up with it!!!i really hate it when people are stupid. its a pet store!!!
The lady may have had a reason to act that way and dogs may act different with their owners than with other people, but it's annoying this bias against pits. It's important to be careful with all dogs, not just pits. But I don't think people should be confrontational if there's an accident unless someone does get hurt or the dog shows some kind of aggression. And there's no reason to lecture someone about leashes when it was a slip. If it were me that had a strange dog run up to me, I would maybe be a little startled, but I would be patient. Accidents are accidents.
**UPDATE** on a personal note, let me humbly and reluctantly accept my limp leash-handling was irresponsible. assure you, it will not happen again. my apologies to those i may have "jumped on". just seems there are a lot of people here, who, although they mean well, have a tendency to push their beliefs, and their methods of doing things on others, whether it is warranted or not. not a whole lot of people know here know each other personally but are still so quick to judge. anyway, it's a discussion board, so i guess i need to expect it. i think part of what made me so upset is that this girl works in my apt. complex and was so theatrical, i was afraid she might stir up trouble for us. i'd live on the street before i let them do anything to my dog!! ok, so get to the point, this weekend as i was walking my dog, one of the maintenance guys (who lives next door to me) told me, 'so...i heard red attacked this girl twice a couple of days ago...' my jaw about hit the floor. i think (taking everyone's point of view into consideration) ok, so perhaps him running towards her is scary and could be miscontrued as an attempt at attack. but to straight say he did this twice!!?!? he told me that she told everyone in the office that she was "attacked by a pitbull twice" and that she was going to file a complaint. blast!!! i asked him if he thought i was going to get into trouble, but he made it a point to tell them what a baby my dog was then proceeded to tell me she (the office girl) was "like that". i don't know who's all interested...just thought i'd give an update.
Unfortunately, with this breed ( I have an amstaff) it only takes one little slip or minor infracton and people go nuts. If your dog was a lab and got off his leash it would have been cute. Becasue of the media, a pit getting off his leash is a scarey thing for witnesses. That is just the life of a bully owner. I hope nothing comes of it.