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Ten Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know

21 Jun

 

1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark Pitbulls as therapy dogsas outstanding therapy dogs.

2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Kris and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their efforts. http://www.ForPitsSake.org

3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer) has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history. Read more about Popsicle here. Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.

4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing that’s for sure.

5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.

6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period.

7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.

8. Pete the Pup on the orginal Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.

9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%). View the ATTS stats here.

10. They are dogs not killing machines.

 

This article is a reproduction of the original which can be found here: http://www.pitbulllovers.com/pit-bulls-ten-things-you-should-know.html

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Tips for Walking a Pitbull

8 Mar

Walking a Pitbull can be more interesting than walking some other dog breeds. You may want to use a shorter leash of six to eight feet long, so that you maintain control over the walk and the dog’s great strength.

These dogs are known for their power, and can pull roughly three times their weight with very little effort.  If your Pitbull pulls when you are walking him, you should stand your ground and think like a tree. Stop in your tracks. Don’t move. You can have him sit or come back to you – this is the time for praise.  Tell him “good dog” and offer this positive re-inforcement every time. The pitbull terrier is an extremely intelligent people pleaser, and tends to learn very quickly if they know which behavior you like and dislike.

If you’re just beginning to leash train your Pittie, then keep the leash shorter so that your dog walks beside you.  It’s a good idea to pick one side for walks, maybe another for runs or bike rides down the road.  Make sure to give lots of praise in the beginning, along with treats.  The more positive reward you offer, the better your dog will be!

If your Pitbull is already leash-trained, I find the best collars are flat with metal buckles.  There are a wide variety of collars on the market, with many made of plastic that break or bend to easily as they are not made to withstand a powerful pet.  Some Pitbulls do better with choker chains, but stay away from prongs and anything that squeezes too tight around the neck as this can do permanent irreversible damage on the trachea and affect your dog for life.

Now that you’re ready for the walk, it’s time for socialization.  It’s good for the dogs, but better for people who have an inherent fear of them. If you notice another dog owner dodging you like the plague, ignoring their dog’s incessant barking (this is way too common with little dogs!)  or picking up their dog to avoid interaction, chances are the owner has not trained their pet and its best to keep walking. If your Pitbull is friendly, allow him to greet other dogs, sniff, wag, maybe a little play. Dogs love to make friends. Pay attention to the dogs, you can tell if your dog is interested in meeting just by observing it’s behavior.

Teach your Pitbull about things around him, a lot like you might do with a child. Teach him about things, places, and people. Let him listen to strange noises, and look at new things. He has a lot of energy, and vigorous exercise is a must for these dogs.  It will not be a pleasant walk if your dog doesn’t get out enough.  This could make him jumpy, skiddish, and lead into aggressive reactions if you don’t learn to keep your dog balanced on regular leashed walks every day.

Be sure you are the pack leader and if you hire a dog walker make sure it is someone who has experience with the breed.  It’s also a good rule of thumb to stay away from dog parks, unless you know in advance that you’re going at a time when it is relatively quiet. Many people don’t know how to react even to a well-socialized Pitbull. If your dog has not been properly socialized, don’t go to the dog parks until he is. Let him interact with people and dogs he knows first.

There are many resources in your local area for socialization classes such as the local Humane Society and a bounty of resources at local dog friendly events.  If you’re looking for pitbull gear, there are stores out there just for this wonderful breed!

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