ALL DOGS FOR SALE!!!
Must Read for Every prospective Pit Bull owner, whether you are
considering getting your first pit bull, or you have owned them for years.
Rules of Responsible Pit Bull ownership:
1. Never allow your Pit Bull to roam free. Dogs are just like human children. When not supervised,
the decisions they make are often not for their best interest. When a Golden Retriever runs up to a person, they say, “How
sweet!” When a Pit Bull does the exact same thing, people say, “Vicious dog!” The public doesn't wait before
calling animal control or even the cops when they see a Pit Bull on the loose. Due to their bad reputation, these dogs are
frequently killed by police officers. This is an unfortunate truth. Let’s not make the reputation of the Pit Bull worse
than it already is. For the safety of your dog and the general dog population, keep your Pit Bull behind a fence!
Always keep your Pit Bull on leash. Even if you believe you have full control of your dog and a good recall, you can't predict
his/her reaction if a cat or a squirrel runs in front of him. Keep in mind that those dogs are "Terriers". A high prey drive
and urge to chase other animals is an inherent trait of the breed.
3. Never take your Pit Bull to a dog park. Even
if you think your Pit Bull is wonderful with other dogs, all it takes is once. If a Labrador starts a fight and your Pit Bull
finishes it, whom will everyone blame? Let’s face it; the Pit Bull is always at fault in the eyes of the public.
Take your Pit Bull to obedience classes. Yet again, in the eyes of the general public Pit Bulls are menacing creatures. The
more socially acceptable they are by having impeccable manners, the better the reputation they will have. And remember, once
is NOT enough. Ongoing obedience classes are best.
5. Socialize your Pit Bull as much as possible before and after
they reach maturity. A shy Pit Bull is a pathetic creature indeed. Not only is being shy an abnormal Pit Bull trait, it also
could be dangerous. You want your dog to be able to handle new situations with confidence and pleasure. As with obedience
classes, once is not enough! Ongoing socialization will ensure your dog’s happiness by showing him the world is a wonderful
place. And please remember, socialization does not mean your dog running around with other dogs off leash! An obedience class
in which he may never get to ‘say hi’ to any other dog is socialization!
6. Be a responsible parent! Do
not allow your Pit Bull to be subjected to people who are belligerent or cruel. By ‘forcing’ your dog to ‘say
hi’ to these types of people, you are being an irresponsible parent! You would never expect your human child to simply
take whatever you dish out and like it. Please do not expect this from your dog.
7. Know where your dog is at all times.
Don’t leave your Pit Bull outside unattended. Who knows what is going on in the back yard while you are away. Are children
teasing your dog? Is your dog learning to be aggressive by having to defend himself in these situations? Don’t leave
the parenting up to others. Responsibility is the key to proper and safe Pit Bull ownership.
8. Pit Bulls need a job.
Whether this job is obedience classes, taking a walk with you everyday, sitting at your feet while you are on the computer
in the evenings, or something more intense such as search and rescue, a Pit Bull needs to feel important and needed. They
are highly intelligent animals with fine tuned problem solving skills. They need an outlet for this energy.
exercise is a must! Playing fetch, hiking or whatever you love to do, your Pit Bull will be more than willing to participate.
Spay and neuter your Pit Bull. Altered pets live longer, "happier" and healthier life. They are also more stable and easier
to raise when not triggered by their sexual hormones. To date, no fatal dog attack by an altered dog was ever reported.
Understand that Pit Bulls may be dog-aggressive. The breed was initially created and developed for the sport of dog-fighting.
As a result, Pit Bulls have an important predisposition for dog-aggression. Take precautions and use common sense. Don’t
allow your Pit Bull to run up to unknown dogs and never allow unknown dogs to run up to your Pit Bull. Remember, you are the
leader! Pit Bull owners should not expect their dog to be friends with unfamiliar dogs. Some Pit Bulls cannot be around any
other dogs at all. With Pit Bulls you cannot ‘train out’ the desire to fight another dog anymore than you can
‘train out’ the desire to chase running rabbits in the Greyhound. You can curb this behavior and often control
it, but not stop it altogether. As long as you understand this and can love your dog for who and what he is, you’ve
got it made!
12. Never leave Pit Bulls alone and unsupervised with other animals. Even though you think they are the
best of friends, it’s better to be safe than sorry! All it takes is one time for a fight to break out. This is especially
true with multiple Pit Bulls in one household. Don’t take any chances and remember this saying… Never trust your
Pit Bull not to fight another dog… ever!
13. Keep your Pit Bull in an enclosure that is escape proof. Pit Bull
proof your fence. Those dogs are very strong and resourceful. Pit Bulls should be kept in the house in crates when home alone.
This is the most safety. Just make sure your dog cannot get out to roam. If your dog makes a mistake, all Pit Bull owners
pay for it!