Owning an American Pit Bull Terrier

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In this day and age there is no more controversial dog to own than a pit bull.There is a huge commitment that you must make if you are going to become a Pit Bull owner. This is in no way the breeds fault. This situation comes from the mistreatment of Pit bulls, dog fighting, and medias demagoguery. However an owner must deal with mass society’s opinions about the bread.

There is always a risk  of involving our dog in some unforeseen conflict where we (regardless of the circumstances) will be held responsible. If an untrained and mistreated Golden Retriever would attack my Pit bull I have to be prepared to be looked at as the guilty party. And that is not only because my dog would kick that dog’s ass (sorry). We have to train our dogs to behave better than the average dog breed’s owner. We have to have our dog’s leashed in public places regardless of the little snotty unleashed pug that would not stop running up to my dog and  licking  her in an uncouth fashion.

If you think, like I did, that you can just get a pit bull terrier without people judging you, then you will find, like I did, that people really come out of the woodwork to express their opinions about the breed. I had a lady with a huge black lab with a broken leg stop dead in her tracks as I walked my 5 month old Sierra towards her. “We don’t like pit bulls” she said and walked the other way. I held back our opinion that we did not like handicapped dogs.

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Pit bull knowledge is certainly not all bad. A lot of people love pit bulls and rightly so. They are ridiculously loving and smart and anyone that I know that  has owned a pit bull loves the breed. The stigma around pit bulls makes me feel safe letting my girl take walks withthe dog after dark. Another plus is that thugs talk to me when I pass them in a  dimly lit park.

You really have to take responsibility for a powerful breed that can have devastating affects on people and animals. Pit bulls must have proper socialization. The more your pit bull encounters strange people and animals the more comfortable they will be around them. A self confident dog is much safer than a fearful dog. We try to let Sierra introduce herself to any willing person or other dog whenever possible. There is a tendency towards dog aggression with these breeds and awareness of this is crucial.

Supervision is also advised emphatically by pit bull experts. It is advised to never leave your APBT alone with small children no matter how confident you are with their personality. All precautions should also be taken when your dog is outside unleashed regardless if they are in an enclosed area. They are persistent escape artists and when they get it in their mind to accomplish something they can go through great measures to do so.

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2 Responses to “Owning an American Pit Bull Terrier”


  1. 1 Amber April 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    demagoguery and uncouth. nice.

  2. 2 revmorris April 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Nice job, Ben.
    Bill was so excited to read your blog and shouted, “Sue, Joe is famous”. We know the love that a pet can bring into a household from our buddy, Joe. One day he will have to meet Sierra, too.


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