2 Out Of Control Pit Bulls – What Next !?, when two pit bulls came into the training centre, their owner was at her wits end. Every training attempt she made seemed to fail miserably, she realised if she didn’t get help soon she would have to let them go. Take a look at this amazing video.
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Ever had a fan club before? Get ready, because you’ll have a loyal and devoted comrad for life.
This friendship does come with a price tag. You’ll have to honor your dog’s loyalty and devotion and commit to giving him quality time every day for life. Most dogs enjoy one to two hours of attention a day. To banish your dog to the backyard or leave him alone for long periods for weeks on end can cause him to become depressed and even destructive.
Not to worry. The more time you spend with your pit bull, the more you’ll enjoy him. And isn’t that why you wanted a dog in the first place?
Jonny Sue was abandoned in a backyard in a former life. She’s so happy about living indoors now that she’s become a therapy dog for her owner’s clients.
Pit Bulls are Agile, Athletic and FUN
Oh yeah, bigt ime fun. Are you ready to give your dog the work outs he wants and needs?
Many pit bulls are natural born show offs and drop jaws wherever they compete in dog sports including agility, fly ball, dock diving and frisbee fun. Even if you don’t compete, your pit bull’s athletic talents will amaze and entertain you.
Make sure that your dog doesn’t use his track star skills to weasle out of your yard though. Many are stolen or forever lost once they’re out. Your yard should have a secure fence and your dog should stay indoors when no one’s home. If indoor accommodations are not possible, we recommend a roomy outdoor kennel run with a good lock, or a well designed cable trolley. Always have a collar and tags on your dog in case they do get lost. Microchip your pet too! Animal shelters can get so crowded that they just aren’t able hold lost dogs for more than a few days and yours could be destroyed before you can find her if she isn’t tagged and/or microchipped. On behalf of all the lost pit bulls who never make it safely back to their home, BAD RAP asks you to PLEASE be extra careful with your dog .
Dog Aggression Happens!
Dogs will be dogs. Your job is to set your dog up for success.
In all dog breeds, dog tolerance levels can range from very dog social to very dog aggressive. Most well socialized pit bulls fall somewhere in the middle. Even with the big help of socialization and obedience training, this confident breed can be pushed to fight if sufficiently challenged by another dog. This bravado can bring you trouble if not understood and not managed well, especially in today’s anti-pit bull climate. To make things even more confusing, dog tolerance levels can shift. Late maturing puppies can lose their forgiving nature as they grow older, catching many dog owners by surprise. In other cases, dog aggressive adults can become much more dog tolerant with training and proper socialising opportunities. Dog tolerance comes from a blend of nature and nurture and is influenced by a dog’s genetics, socialisation, training and owner management … not “How he was raised.” You ultimately hold the key to your dog’s success with other dogs.
Confused? Know Your Dog!
No matter how tolerant your dog may be with other dogs, it’s your responsibility to keep him well socialized and properly managed around other dogs, especially dogs he doesn’t know. Good management is key and must be kept up for the life of your pet. This includes avoiding rushed leash greets, designing measured introductions with potential dog friends and monitoring play sessions. A pit bull that shows leash reactivity by pulling at the leash and barking at dogs does NOT make a good impression (puh-leez!) and should be handled with training ASAP.
To prevent trouble, all dog owners should stay alert to the different types of triggers that can cause conflict between dogs (tug-of-war? chew toys? escalated play? etc) All owners should know how to safely break up a fight. More info on fight triggers and avoiding fights: