I cant win with yall can i? Oh wait im already used to that. No matter what i say it will always be wrong.
"If you were locked in a small dark room your entire life, and never saw anything else, do you think your mind would be stable?"
My dogs are very stable. They know one life and they are happy. They have not been locked away in a dark room so that isnt even a comparision. What i meant is they know the life they live and nothing else so what could the possibly miss. My dogs are very stable. Do you think i would let my nephew in my yard around them if i didnt trust them? The problem with most pits is that people slap any two dogs together just to get some cute puppies and make a few dollars. I would never breed an unstable dog because it would just be ruining my blood lines. Ive worked hard on them and im not going to let them be ruined because of one dog.
Thats the average time i spend with each of my dogs a day. They get more or less depending on thier needs. Sick, new, conditioning, whelping or nursing. I would like to know how much personal time you spend with your 17, Husky?
Again i can never win. I contain my dogs like i do for a reason. They are extremely strong dogs with even stronger drives. The fence prevents other animals from coming into my yard. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and injuries to other peoples animals. But no its terrible that my dogs are chained. What would be a better option if you have one?
Did you know that in my state if somebody gets bit by your dog, even if the dog is contained and the person is on your property illegally, you are still responsible.
"Oh but, your dogs would never attack a human, you bred that out of them, correct?"
I have done my best to prevent human aggression from being breed into my personal lines. Not everydog bites because it is human aggressive. There are fear biters, excited biters, dogs that bite due to pain. There is a big difference between provocted and unprovocted bites. As much as i would like to i cant say that my dogs would never bite anyone. I can say that my dogs are no more likely to bite someone than any other dog. I keep a very close eye on my dogs. I know them in and out. I can pick up on the signs they give.
Thats why i had the 3 dogs put down. Because i knew that they were becoming aggressive and it was unsafe to have them. I could have kept them by why have something that i know is dangerous and has no purpose.
My fence keeps people from messing with my dogs. It keeps unsupervised children away from the dogs. It makes it safer for everyone involved.
There are ALOT of "house dogs" who never get even that much attention. They are stuck in a crate for 8-12 or more hours at a time.
Also, just wanted to say that I hope that your field of work(medicine) will lead you to great things. I realy do hope that you can someday think of your dogs as pets and hopefully make some really nice all around pits for EVERYONE to enjoy.
Just curious, have you ever thought of that? Not nessecarily losing that will to keep going, but trying to make them less dog aggressive? Many dogs were used for alot of BAD things, that is what they were created for(bulldogs for instance) However, the bulldog has been changed DRASTICALLY since his creation. But, perhaps you could look into creating a good, solid, hearty, never give up will, type of dog that IS dog AND people freindly. THEN you would be preserving the drive of the dog, but also benefiting the breed as a whole. I am not saying turn your breed into a mush pot(although alot of pits are :-D ) But getting that drive used for pulling or even better, search and rescue! Think how great it would be for the breed if you could put that drive of never giving up..... into something useful and helpful to society. In todays society, you need to think of ALOT of things. One of the things I was thinking about with you was, have you ever thought about if something were to happen to you....what would happen to your dogs? While I know you say you have no emotional attachment but how would you feel if they were taken and euthanized due to aggression? I have a chow. I had to SERIOUSELY socialize him and I still am because I NEED him to be okay in ANY situation. I have kids and I can not rely on 'what ifs" or "I shoulda's".
You seem like a nice person, I would really like to offer you this challange......if you will take it.
I would like to see you create a dog that has the never ending drive and will to please and will to keep going no matter what....however, it should be able to be around dogs and cats as well as people with NO PROBLEM. You, in my opinion, would be able to call yourself a true asset to the breed. Preserving the illegal act of dog fighting does nothing but kill innocent dogs. But NO ONE should be saying that it is wrong to take that wonderous drive from them. I just HONESTLY can see you doing SO MUCH MORE with your knowledge and adoration of the breed. I hope you stick around on this forum and possibly learn some things, and maybe teach us something.
I hope that this is not taken offencively(sp?) I just wanted to tell you what I thought. Have a good day......Maybe throw your pups a kong or a treat ust for the heck of it...they always like that.
Thats why i had the 3 dogs put down. Because i knew that they were becoming aggressive and it was unsafe to have them. I could have kept them by why have something that i know is dangerous and has no purpose. **********************************************
Do you think that maybe they were becoming aggressive due to living on a chain?
Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. In the wild, dogs and wolves live, eat, sleep, and hunt with a family of other canines. Dogs are genetically determined to live in a group.
A dog kept chained alone in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often aggressive. In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs' constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Some chained dogs have collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain.
# How does tethering or chaining dogs pose a danger to humans?
Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.
Numerous attacks on people by tethered dogs have been documented. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that 17% of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998 were restrained on their owners' property at the time of the attack, and the book Fatal Dog Attacks states that 25% of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs of many different breeds.
Tragically, the victims of such attacks are often children who are unaware of the chained dog's presence until it is too late. Furthermore, a tethered dog who finally does get loose from his chains may remain aggressive, and is likely to chase and attack unsuspecting passersby and pets.
Kat, none of that was taken offensively. I respect your opinions. I understand what you are saying. If i wanted a pit without the gameness i would have staff (american staffordshire terrier) I love and respect the breed because i see how they work everyday. Its amazing to see them hit the sping pole at full speed or to grab and hang from thier burlap swing.
If you take one thing away from the breed than its no longer that breed. If you take the game away than its not a pit. Pits are not the right dog for everyone. If you cant handle it than why have it. I know and understand the breed and i know what kind of precautions i have to take because i own them.
If something ever happened to me I have a will stating that my younger brother is to inherit all all of my animals and animal related items. Except my house dog. My good friend gets him. If he is unable to take them then they will be given to another acquaintance to decide what is best for each individual dog.
No the other dogs didnt become aggressive because of being on a chain. They had been on chains all thier lives. The previous owners of two gave them to me because they were mouthy with people. I tried working with them but i wasnt successfull so they were put to sleep. The other one was attacked by another dog when he was on a chain. There was somekind of screwup on the attacking dogs chain and he got loose. He was contained in the yard by a fence. He jumped the dog still on the chain. The owner was out there and broke it up with minimal damage done to either dog. Both were still young. The dog that was attacked became a fear biter. He couldnt be kept with the other dogs because it scared him and he would bite anyone who came near him. The owner gave him to me to try and do something with him. I tried and tried but it was no use. He got me twice which was 2 times to many and he was put down.
Ha! Jealous of what? Getting read the riot act everytime something is posted? No thanks. I had my share. However, I do not find it "okay" to allow you to gang up on one person just because you disagree with them or their lifestyle. I can't say I agree or disagree as I have not seen any of her dogs or the way they look or are treated. What a person types on a computer means nothing to me.
Many people tie their dogs out.....it is not ilegal.
And I am sorry but I am not scared of a single one of you. I do however, have a life and better things to do then fight with a bunch of immature children(Ha! got my own thanks!) who have nothing better to do then to go on for DAYS about the same stuff over and over.