Pitbulls as Family Dogs
Are Pit Bulls the dog for you?
I remember being 15 yrs. old and bringing home my first Pit Bull. He was a beautiful caramel color and had the biggest green eyes. He was cold in the street, and I couldn't just leave him there. My parents told me he was my responsibility if an owner did not come forward. Needless to say, since then, my love and learned knowledge for these animals have greatly increased. With that being said, I do believe that there is a certain type of person/family to fit this breeds needs just as with any other breed. Do you have the time and patience to work with them on socializing( with people and other animals), household behavior and obedience? These are all specific areas that will need your attention.
With this breed it's important to start social behavior at a young age. Despite what many believe, these animals are not naturally aggressive towards people. Yet, they do tend to be highly territorial, so getting them use to interaction with other animals at a young age is extremely beneficial. This will help them to feel more comfortable and confident around other animals. There are several easy ways you can begin to socialize them, but you have to take the time to do it. For a family, it can also become a great bonding activity.
Daily walks, going to dog parks and setting up "play dates" with other animal friends are all great ways to prepare your dog socially. These can also become really fun activities for you and your dog. Always remember, you want to set firm boundaries in a patient and loving way. This breed is very loyal and they should be able to trust their owners to show them how to be the best they can.
This is a very active and energetic breed, so without the proper training and guidelines to follow, they can be hard for some people to handle. I have found many things to help with around the house issues that I have noticed. For instance, it's good to have plenty of chew toys. A lot of pet stores even have "pitbull" strength chew toys now.These dogs do enjoy to chew and if they get bored it could end up being a shoe or even a piece of furniture. House breaking I found to be pretty much the same as any other breed, so you might want to read more on " dog potty training".
You want to catch any puppy habits like jumping (on people or furniture), nipping or anything you notice that could turn into an issue later and work on correcting it early. Be consistent when you are correcting but also give praise when they are giving you the appropriate behavior.
Of course, I do always believe that obedient classes are always a good idea for any dog breed as well as owner. The more knowledge and understanding of these amazing animals, the better.
I have four beautiful children and currently own two amazing Pitbulls. One Red Staffordshire Terrier and one Blue Bull Terrier. Different breeds, different ages and yet they are our family's best friends. They have never bit anyone or anything. We can take them with us on outings and know that we will not have any behavior issues (with them) Lol! We love and trust them and they feel the same for us. Are Pit Bulls a family dog?
Just make sure that you are a Pit Bull type of family. That you're willing to put in the time, patience and love. If you feel confident that they are the breed for you, trust me when I say, your family will never find a more loving, loyal and trustworthy friend.
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