The term "pit bull" is a general term for describing different dog breeds. Pit bulls include breeds such as the American Bulldog and the American Pit Bull Terrier. There are qualities and mannerisms that vary between the specific breeds of pit bull, each dog having their own traits and personality. There are many types of pit bull, and with that comes various opinions on the type. While a person may think pit bulls are not trainable or they are too aggressive, this is incorrect. Pit bulls can be trained, and it is possible to reduce the bias people have on the dogs.
As most people are aware, there is often a large amount of bias toward pit bulls and even their owners. Many places in America do not allow pit bulls where dogs are otherwise welcome, including pet stores, apartments, and even animal shelters. This bias is due largely to pit bulls that are used for dog fighting.
For years people have used animals of all sorts for fighting, but pit bulls are commonly known for the act. People deprive and abuse the animals to encourage aggression. Thankfully this is illegal in the United States, but this does not stop everybody.
Due to the aggression many pit bulls are forced to display, people have become timid around the type. However, it is important to know that pit bulls are not aggressive by nature. They can be gentle, loving animals, though they do need proper training. While all dogs should be trained, especially if aggression is a potential issue, breeds that have bias toward them are particularly important to train. The more people see how loving pit bulls can be, the more homes they will find and more places will welcome them!
The reason many people mistreat pit bulls is because of their strength, making it necessary to train them, and their submissive nature, which makes it possible to train them. Because pit bulls have a large amount of muscle, they can easily pull you down the street if they see a squirrel or bird they want to play with. Proper leash training is essential for any pitty parent. With leash training you have full control over your companion. When you take charge you get to decide when they need to sit, lay down, keep walking, and how to react when there is a person or animal that is nearby. Leash training keeps you, your dog, and others safe and happy. Walking on a leash is not the time for your furry friend to go crazy and cut loose; but pit bulls can have large amounts of energy and need to express that at times. Your dog needs to know when he or she can be wild, but even during playtime your pit bull should listen to you. If your dog knows to listen to you always, you can handle many difficult situations, such as if another dog displays aggression. Obedience training is the key to getting your dog to listen to you. Pit bulls can be obedient with the proper guidance.
A pit bull with a history of abuse may need extra care. Training methods can differ between dogs, and pit bulls with difficult past may experience more hardships during training. They need extra care, love, and patience. If a dog has been mistreated and abused throughout life, he or she will likely have a difficult time trusting people. They may think the love you are showing them will be taken away or you will turn on them. If an abused dog demonstrates aggression toward you, they are likely afraid; but with a large amount of patience and training, you can get them where they need to be, physically and mentally.
There are pit bulls all across the country that need loving homes. The sweet dogs are sitting in shelters for years because people are nervous to get them or are not allowed to have them. There are various types of pit bull, each having his or her own personality and quirks that make them uniquely awesome. While dog fighting is still present in America, pit bulls are frequently rescued. With obedience any dog can be trained, and all are worthy of love and patience. Through proper care and training the negative perspectives in which people see pit bulls can be removed.
To aid in the rescue of many deserving dogs, Pack Leader Dog Training is offering 25% off of training packages to owners of pit bulls and pit mixes through June, 2018. We also always offer 10% off for any dog recently adopted from a local shelter.