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Posts: 5 10/30/13 1:42 P
I watched this just a few months back. AWESOME!
Posts: 5 10/30/13 1:04 P
It's sad that we as bully owners have to account for idiot owners as well as media sensationalism. But kudos for wanting to be proactive. If possible, try changing his walk times earlier/later to minimize encounters. If you have a fenced in yard (mine are forced to use tie outs when we play outside until I can get our fence done), run the ever-living dog**** out of him. You can carry a small air horn or something of the like to scare the other animal away as well. A muzzle would definitely keep others from getting bit while trying to figure this out while out walking. There are some out there that are definitely more comfortable for the dog to wear. Good luck on this!
Fitness Minutes: (403) Posts: 27 7/3/13 7:01 P
I have a 2 year old Pittie, Beans, that we adopted at 6 weeks old! He is the biggest baby of all time! However, one time he snapped at a friend that we had in the house (seemingly randomly). It had never happened before or since, but I still have a hard time trusting him around strangers now without leash. I assume that the snap was out of fear, but I know that because of his breed if something were to happen I would lose him. He was raised in an apartment around other people, dogs, cats, ect. We really took the "meet 100 people in the first year" rule seriously, but this happened. Any suggestions about how to help Beans overcome is anxiety when meeting new people would be appreciated! We tried an obedience class, but he was so afraid of the teacher and the other dogs that he climbed my fiance like a tree! We have had him since he was a baby, so I know that it isn't an abuse thing. The instructor said something about him being in a "fear period"? Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Fitness Minutes: (33,972) Posts: 23,849 6/7/13 11:04 A
Well so far he's never "randomly mauled" ANYBODY. BUT. He HAS done some random "snappity-snap" I call it. He's never injured anyone, but GEEZ I wish he didn't do that. The worst he ever did, was grab a neighbor by the pants when he came in & did NOT let go until my husband grabbed him, then when he was turning his tooth snagged my husband's hand. We had a trainer in a couple of times, and he snapped at her both times, but for a reason. Once she had just arrived and was leaning over him, the other she was pulling on his sore leg (for a "down"). But I took note of how she reacted to these snaps and did likewise the next time he did it. USUALLY, when he is made blatantly aware that something is inappropriate, he stops doing it. (like counter surfing for one - he doesn't do that AT ALL anymore since we read him the riot act about it - lol)
But one thing he will NOT tolerate is - small animals, and probably no other dogs at all. Squirrels, cats, puppies..... oh GEEZ. I took him out to walk him last week, and a little dog came running across the street from out of NOWHERE &.... right into his mouth!!! Ok - I never SAW it in his mouth, because he was between my legs at the time, but there was sudden silence, but then it was like - he let it go??? The dog went screaming across the front yard - I'm screaming for hubby - he comes running - & I'll be danged, this little dog comes BACK!! Bossy was going W-I-L-D!!! VERY hard to control. Hubby got the puppy - took her to check for a chip - said she was about 10 weeks old and 2 lbs - NO INJURIES. Seems to me, if he HAD had it in his mouth and wanted to kill it, he was well able to do that. I'm wondering if he really go ahold of it. Hubby said the dog was a little wet, but???
Anyway - that was MY excitement for last week!! Now I'm afraid to walk him. I can probably control HIM, but I cannot control 2 dogs if one is too stupid and comes into our space! You can't account for what other dogs - Puppies OR aggressive dogs, might do, you know? I am not up for ANY bloodshed! I was thinking muzzle, but if another dog was aggressive, then Bossy would be defenseless!
Any thoughts anyone??
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Posts: 214 6/6/13 7:34 P
Sparkles, I adopted my bully mix a little over a year ago from a shelter and the worst my dog will do to you is lick you to death. Dogs are a creation of their owners. If you abuse an animal, forget to feed him/her, or keep the dog inside all the time you are asking for trouble. However, if you do your own research you'll find that a lot of times the media highlights when it's a pit bull attack and doesn't mention breed when it isn't. If you have interacted with this dog and he's lying at your feet, I'd say you found you're new best friend. Judge the dog, not the breed. Hope this helps! :-)
Edited by: SALLYLEE84 at: 6/6/2013 (19:34)
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Fitness Minutes: (33,972) Posts: 23,849 8/17/12 9:25 P
Well spiffy. Of course I come along too late. They have removed the website or article. I am thinking about adopting the most sweet seeming pittie, but online articles are making me nervous - especially with my sister, the extreme dog-lover, yet very negative person, keeping up with all of them & telling me about them. I see NO WAY this dog laying at my feet could ever attack anybody! But they act like they'll just randomly decide to maul somebody! Especially FAMILY MEMBERS... And that pittie support groups just make up stuff to make them sound ok. I just don't know what to do.
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Posts: 685 1/24/12 9:20 A
I have a black lab/pit mix dog named Baya and she is just the sweetest thing! She is 3 and been in two previous homes and the shelter two times when I got her. It has taken some time, but she is getting settled in and loving life! I actually took a job as a live in nanny and I was able to bring my dog (cause I was not going to leave her anywhere else:). The kids love Baya and my sweet girl is so great with the kids! Baya has a friend in a 6 year old cocker spaniel and they play all the time! Too bad people are scared of my girl, cause she is such a sucker for belly rubs and kisses.
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Posts: 6 1/12/12 8:55 P
I have 3 pit bulls, one is 8 years old, one is almost 4 and the third one just turned 3. They are my babies. My 3 1/2 year old is an 80 pound male that people grab their little dogs and run from, but he is the biggest baby you could ever find.
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Fitness Minutes: (1,667) Posts: 78 1/9/11 5:09 P
My pit is 7 years old and I've had him since he was a pup. I would love to have him around kids but his when his tail gets going it HURTS and my friend's kid (who is 3.5) is small enough it knocks him over! Silly puppy just gets so excited! As long as I can get him to sit (which is 90% of the time) he's okay :p
Also - thanks for the great information!
Edited by: KERMI07 at: 1/9/2011 (17:09)
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Posts: 165 1/6/11 12:51 P
I've heard about this book..I will def download it when I get home....sooo many people are misinformed about pitbulls..it hurts my heart..I had my 1st one when I was a teenager..she was the sweetest thing..we had to put her to sleep because there was a dog in the neighborhood she would get into fights with..it was either put her to sleep or my gparents would have to pay all these fines..Sheila (the dog) would also have to have all these regulations..had to wear a muzzle when out..only persons 18 and older could be around her...just craziness..maybe a year or two later we got our second pit Harlan (I named him) he is still alive && well today...I am at school now so I rarely see Harlan :( but now I also have my new puppy Kobe (my bf named him)...I LOVE PITS!!
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Fitness Minutes: (2,962) Posts: 450 11/14/10 4:02 P
We've had our pit bull for 3 years now (since she was a pup) and I have a 2 year old daughter. Our dog loves her and is so great handling our daughter's roughhousing with her. As with any dog, never leave a child alone with the dog, but with that said Pit bulls are one of the best dogs to have for families and children. They are very pack oriented and want to please their family and love children.
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Fitness Minutes: (49,194) Posts: 5,592 4/18/10 1:13 A
We have a pit and have 3 little kids and he is great with the kids.. Never had a problem...We get the same looks. Oh is it ok to be around kids... YES...
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Fitness Minutes: (22,833) Posts: 1,630 3/17/10 11:03 A
Thanks this is awesome. We just recently got a pit bull puppy, she is the sweetest thing ever, but I have seen the looks on people's faces and even been asked if it was safe to have her around my kids. I know they are wonderful dogs, but there are so many people who are misinformed. Thanks!!
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Posts: 389 2/26/10 4:24 P
great. thanks for the resource!!!
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Posts: 735 7/13/09 10:07 A
Awesome....thank you for the info.
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Posts: 2,807 5/19/09 4:21 P
You are most welcome!
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Posts: 10,921 5/19/09 4:12 P
Hey Faith, thanks for the great info!
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