Okay now that girl is being totally ridiculous! I don't think it could be miscontrued as an attempt attack! Not on her anyway, on her dog perhaps and she was looking out for it, but not on her and not twice. And their is a diference between almost getting attacked once and being attacked twice. She is such an idiot, I hope the people don't really believe her, if she was attacked twice she would be in the hospital! Even if she was bitten just once she would have a bite mark, maybe they should ask to see this Pit Bull attack mark where ever she was bitten..lol Thats how people are and I had the same thing happen with my Dobie, but not when she broke the leash when some one actually wanted to pet her and she was an even smaller puppy then, but they made up a whole story about how a Dobie attacked them over the weekend. They were always one to be dramatic, but also made up a lot to get attention.
First of all, she has no room to talk seeing that she has an aggressive dog. Second, an attack would require some sort of physical contact. It would have to mean that he knocked her down, bit her, something to hurt her. Simply running up to someone would in no way mean he attacked her. I don't think there's much to worry about. You may have a bad reputation afer this, but if she has no physical scars or eye-witnesses to prove it, she can't cry wolf unwarranted. If she reports you, it's your word against hers and she has nothing to prove it.
I am a dog lover. And I think pit bulls are very cute dogs. But knowone should be sarcastic or think it is funny if people are afraid of pitbulls and Rotties. You are right - people make dogs aggressive. But there are many ignorant people and people who do not care and they breed agressive pits or rotties and this is passed on to their babies. If you buy a dog (any dog) from a reputable breeder, they will breed for temperment. Furthermore, you do hear about these types of dogs killing children, adults (don't forget about San Francisco) and other peoples pets. So if people are afraid of them, you should not take it likely. That is an awful way to die. I have heard animal experts say that you can have a nice pitbull, but something in their genetics can make them just snap. Also, any breed with a lock jaw will do much more damage than a dog that does not have a lock jaw. Lastly, Pit bulls or any othe guard dog breed is not for the 1st time dog owner. I have been going to the dog park for over 3 years (almost every day) and I see these people with Pits who not know how to handle them. I will see that they are very cute as puppies and as they get older, they play ruffer and ruffer. Nobody wants this massive dog pinning their dogs down, that they stop taking their dog to the park (at least the good decent people do). So if you have a pitbull take any aggression seriously. Train him properly and neuter him or spay her as soon as possible.
I agree with some of what CVP is saying, except they are ignorant about Pits so therefore should leave the education to some one else. This is what I agree with <<>>> There are dogs that will attack including Pit Bulls, people have a right to be scared of them or any other dog. (Freak out and lie no), but to scream or pick their dog up yes. I was walking my dog(not one of my Pits) and a Lab came running towards us. I picked her up very fast and told them they should keep their dog in their yard. I didn't know if it would try to harm my pup, or possibly be aggressive to me. I was almost a victim of a ACD attack, the dog has bitten other people but nothing has been done with the dog. Its also animal aggressive and will attack other dogs. If I see a rottie coming towards me I'm getting out of the way, an unknown Pit Bull running towards me I'd be a little nervous, esp if I had my own dog with me. <<>>> Those "animal experts", the only they they are experts on is bullshit and pit bulls or any other breed doesn't just snap and that probably isn't a trait that can really be bred into any dogs genetics? A trait to be stable and then snap? No genes like that. Dogs that just snap, have usually been semi friendly, sure, but have clear signs of aggression and possible warning signs that are ignored or the owner is in denial about their dogs capabilities and its uprising bad temperament until the dog mauls or kills some one including a family member. This is for all breeds. <<> No breeds of dogs exist that have lockjaw, so I guess no breed will do more damage than others? And in plain truth a dog that is holding a bite will do less damage than one that mauls and gives many deep punctures in an on going attack. <<>> Okay well PIT BULLS ARE NOT A GUARD DOG BREED. They are very people friendly and do horrible as guard dogs and are the frequent victims of theif because they will go with just about anyone. Probably not for most first time dog owners, but their are big exceptions to this. Being responsible is what it takes, some people have owned dogs for many years and have experience but will always be responsible and should never own a Pit Bull and probably not any other breed. I'm glad that they are the first and last breed I will own. <>> Definately, so many people don't and it gets them in trouble, either pesonally or their neighbors sue them and their dog is destroyed. <<>> Is this more info from the experts? Alter them as soon as possible? What for exactly? I agree with training and raising them in the correct fashion, but to alter them? If all these dogs were fixed they would be exstinct and the breed lost forever. If they were altered they could not compete in show or weight pull, yeah I dont agree with that one. All the dogs at the events(except fun shows) are intact dogs and problems are a rarity, most people are responsible, and human aggression is VERY rare and not tolerated at the shows!! But all dogs are intact. If its a pet then it should be altered, but that goes for ALL breeds not just an exception to the Pit Bull.
Spaying and neutering wouldn't make the breed extinct. There are responsible breeders out there that are working hard to breed out agression and keep the clownish side dominant. They really are a breed that needs to limit the breeding because they are the ones that are over-populated and very mistreated. If you walk through shelters, you find mostly pitbulls. The over-population of the breed causes people to be less responsible with them, which causes the bad reputation to continue, along with the people keeping them as pets for status. About the lockjaw, there is nothing in a dog's anatomy to make the jaw lock. It's not physical thing, these are very determined dogs.The locking is their high tolerance for pain and their persistence, along with having a STRONG jaw and nothing more. The rest of what you say is true, though and I agree completely. These are my opinions, so don't take them as fact. But do you agree?
<>> I can't say I agree or disagree I think what you are saying doesn't make sense. These responsible breeders would no longer be breeding, it would be impossible because their dogs would be spayed and neutered. I never said everyone at the shows are responsible, but its one place you will find responsible breeders. And I did finish my post with saying if its a pet then it needs to be altered, they make it sound as if spaying the dogs is the only thing to do for all pits everywhere otherwise you have aggression? One thing I don't see is responsible breeders breeding aggression out though? And dogs have the clownish and aggression in the same dog. The AmStaff has been bred for show for a very long time, but a lot(not all) of these breeder have actually been trying to breed aggression out and work with less aggressive dogs but AmStaff still turn out to have aggression so there is no certain way to undo the aggression in this breed or any other. All the terriers I have met have serious aggression, these are tiny dogs full of fire. Its something about these tenacious little terriers, it makes me laugh such tiny dogs. So yes spaying and neutering would make the breed exstinct, if the animals are incapable of reproducing once the last ones die off the breed is gone forever. I don't see how you believe it would not. I think it needs to be done more, by more pet owners and BYBs shouldn't even be allowed to breed in some countries they have regulations on breeding. There are a ton of pit mixes pet owner leave their "pet" who they neglect outside and it gets pg. There are pure pits that should never be bred. But it doesn't mean we should go around altering to fix aggression, altered dogs can be aggressive too. I like what you are saying though, agree with it! You are right about what you are saying. Except the part about the spay/neuter not making the breed exstinct.
If you train them Up right They can be the sweetest thing!!! Once I was walkin Dowwn the street and there was a lady with a pit and a rottie I said are they friendly can I pet them? She looked at me with the strangest face. she said are you not afraid I said no. She was so suprised she said people will go in the stores next to them untill I am out of sight. I said not all dogs are mean. I don`t freak out when ever I see a dog thet everyone thinks is agressive. Good luck with your puppy! Dachshund luvr
When I said to spay and neuter you dog. I only meant if you have a pitbull only as a pet. The only ones that should be unspayed and unneutered are the dogs owned by responsible breeders. You do not need to worry about the breed becoming extinct. There are many people (mostly men) who won't neuter their males (and I am talking about any dog breed) because they are back in the stone ages. They think if they neuter their dog it will affect their own sex life. You men out there it will not affect your abilities. Neutering is easier on males than spaying is on females. They live longer (no testicular cancer), they won't tend to roam as much (escape and get hit by a car). People you need to think about the dog not your own misconceptions.
Okay, the context it was written in (at least to me) was like ALL Pit Bulls should be fixed no matter what. I know what you mean about men. It is very sick and ignorant of them. They say its cruel to cut their manhood off, totally stupid. Yet they will do other things, like ear cropping. They will leave them out and walk them for their image. Lots of stupid stuff. I had some nut case, freak in the first place guy making fun of a fixed male I had. He was such a crazy guy in the first place, very scarey at times, but now he is making fun of a dog for not having testicles.
i am sorry you have to go thru this with your pit. unfortunately owning such a high profile breed you are going to run into people who will be scared of them based on what they have heard about them and not on actual experiences with them. slightly off track here but tonite when i was done with the tricks class i have scout in the trainer brought in a very dog aggressive 4 month old puppy to introduce to scout. the trainer is trying to rehab the puppy and used my dog cause she knows that scout is very passive and would not attack the puppy even if it was aggressive towards her. so as the two were interacting the next class was coming in. there were a few dogs that scout knows from previous classes so she was all excited to see them. one woman walked in with her tiny bichon and scout wanted to say hi to it. the woman was freaked out and pulled her dog away and asked me if scout was friendly. i just looked at her and said who her? yeah she's very friendly. the woman then said but she's so big. i kept my mouth shut but i really wanted to know what size had to do with whether she was friendly or not . i just don't understand humans sometimes but i find it is easier just to keep away from people like that because they will make mountains out of molehills as the girl did in your case.
Hello, How wonderful, a Pit Bull! I love those dogs! Try obedience class. Obedience class should fix the problem, at least he's not aggressive. Try getting the leash that fastens around your waist, it works a lot better. Obedience class and a leash around your waist should fix the whole problem. You really must get your dog in obedience class. Wow, that does sound like she was overreacting. I suggest the belt leash, it works like a charm. The belt leash should help, and keep up obedience. You are going to have to work a lot harder if you want him to get hi CGC title. I hate when people do stuff to hurt the Pit's reputation even more. They are such wonderful dogs. I don't have a Pit, and I doubt I'll ever own one, but I truly love the breed to no end.
I just thought I'd put my 2 cents in. I am a very responsible owner of 5 pit bull dogs and and I have raised them from pups. I love my dogs and I just hate it when I hear people stereotyping them. There most definately is no such thing as "lock jaw" in any dog and they are definately not prone towards aggresivness more than any other type of dog. All of you people that have never owned a pit bull and believe that you have to be careful around all pitbulls because they have tendencies to "turn" on you as they get older are sadly missing out on one of the greatest breed of dogs there are. They are the most loyal and loving dogs you would ever meet. I have a very huge male that I had his ears cropped when he was a baby and he looks like he could definately do some damage if he wanted to. I have never seen a dog more loving and mellow than him, and it's funny because my husband says he's a woose sometimes because he won't play rough with my husband. They are awesome dogs and I have never taken my dogs to obedience classes or anything like that, they are just naturally well behaved dogs.
Aquatree Unfortunately (or fortunately, I'm not sure) in Australia ALL pitbulls are banned (and 3 other dogs as well). Well, you can have your pits that you currently own but any under a certain age (ie the cut off date for breeding) get put down. Why? Dickhead Aussies wouldn't/couldn't train them properly and people and children started getting attacked. I don't blame the dogs -- I blame the owners. However, I am always cautious of pitbulls regardless of who owns them and what their nature is like. I can't trust the dog and I definitely can't trust the owner's training. However, there really aren't that many around in my neighbourhood. From what I have learned on this site, Amercia seems to have A LOT of pitbulls....I think it was more of a 'fad dog' here. I didn't know any when I was growing up (I'm 25). Common dogs are German SHepherds, Labs, Rotties etc -- not pitbulls. So in Australia, no one can EVER have a pitbull once the current ones die -- but they still do -- call them mastiffs/staffies etc!!! But cops will stop you and ask what breed your dog is if they suspect!!!
Well, Boxer Babe, I have seen you post before and I feel truly sorry for you because you have this aversion to pit bulls. I live in Texas and I am here to tell you that there are actually an overabundance of pit bulls in the U.S.A. Too many people breed them with the intent to fight and so they are the most number one stolen dog in america, and probably the most sold. I have seen too many times when these dogs have been busted at a fighting ring and they are some of the most timid and mellow creatures when they take them away. You can keep what dog YOU have but if I lived in a country where they banned the dog breed I love I think I would seriously consider moving. It's not right to steroetype a breed and it never will be. I have never met an aggresive rottie or an aggresive doberman. I'm sure they're out there but the ones I have known have been the sweetest dogs. The only dogs that have attacked me in my life is a lhaso apso and a lab. I have been to the very bad parts of my town where all the pit bulls that are used for fighting live, and have interacted with them and they are so sweet, and it just breaks your heart to know that these poor animals are used for fighting. I actually got my first pit bull, Crystal, from a guy that is a known dog fighter and I knew he would probably breed her to fight too, so I bought her. Out of all the dogs I have had she is the most remarkable. Everyone that meets her wants to take her home because of her personality. We have had numerous offers from our friends. And I got her when she was over a year old. You can think what you want but I'm telling you you are missing out big time on the chance to own the only type of dog you'll ever want.
i find that truly amazing that a whole country can ban a certain breed of dog. we have individual towns and cities that ban certain breeds but not a country wide ban. i totally agree with you when you say you don't trust them or the owners training. i personally have never met a nasty pit. all the ones i have met have really been nice dogs but i too am cautious when i first meet one. how am i to know what the owner has done with their dog? but in fairness i am careful with any dog i meet because i have been coming across alot of nasty labs and golden retrievers. and those two breeds are americas number one family dogs. people can take any breed and ruin it. my favorite is the german shepherd, i grew up with them and look what has happened to them.
I think that my neighbor is fight his pits. There isn't anything that anyone can do. He leaves them tied up in the yard constantly. He has different dogs there all of the time. Sometimes 6, 4, 2 or 1. Will be tied up. On the weekends there is sometime a lot more dogs out there. I called the county to send someone over there when there were 6 dogs out and one was tied up so tightly he couldn't lift his head more than 12" off the ground. Of course, animal control came out days later after the yard had been cleared. He bred his bitch in the fall and she looked as if she would starve until the puppies were eating on their own. I am so worried that one day one of these dogs will get loose and kill my dogs or kids. I don't believe this is the fault of the pits, but the fault of the owner. Unforunately ending the breed is easier than catching these idiots. The government does see an easier choice. I don't agree with it, but a few bad apples are destroying the bunch.
Ending the breed is not the answer by any means. You are not going to end the breed no matter how many laws are put into effect. There are thousands of americans that are avid pit bull owners and would put up a tremendous fight. The goverment can't afford that. Now I do believe there should be a sweeping of cities and all the places that fight dogs should be checked out, I garantee you the animal control knows who they are. It's just a matter of proving they actually fight their dogs.
aesparza7, bout ur pit n the other dog...when she pulled him up, was his stomach showing? i think that is a really stupid move on her part...the stomach is the most vunrable part of any animal...jeesh! n people are telling YOU to be more responisble!
aquatree, where do you live in tx? we kind of have similar stories!! i got my dog from someone who was going to sell him and his sister as fighters. i was a little apprehensive about taking him in, but he had such a wonderful disposition and temperament. i mean, really....what a HAM!! it's really sad that fighting is still goes on in underground circuits. i often see episodes of animal precinct and animal police miami where the dogs are in such poor conditions and i think of how blessed so many pits are. i've had two dogs before - a doberman, and a possible pit mix (looked like a pit, but i'm not sure). so, this is the first "official" pit bull i've had. i've done a lot of research since getting my pup - books, training, and forums and know the complications from owning a breed of this type. (Unfortunately now, it's first hand knowledge). still, i will do whatever it takes - workwise - to ensure that this doesn't happen again. and the fact that he's not tied down somewhere waiting for his next fight, makes all the work worth it! again, will keep you all updated should anything come of this.