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#1 joe32blow

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:42 PM

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That may seem like an oxymoron, but a friend of mine has the mellowest
dog ever and it just happens to be a pit bull.   Is that rare?

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:53 PM

Depends on the owners IMO.  

Give them a loving, calm environment and they are the best doggies ever....it helps if they aren't puppies too, my 6 year old pitty is finally calming down and becoming a beautifully well-behaved lady...:blushing:

The 6 or 7 month old or the other hand......:scared:

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:15 PM

Pit bulls are just like any other great breed, and yes it is true, it depends on the owner, if you train them right and put them in a good atmosphere they become the best house dogs ever, ive owned 6 of them so far in my life time and i would not trade them for any other dog.....
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 03:48 PM

In my opinion and my two cents . . . . .

Dogs are the products of their owners . . . . .

If you see a dog with poor behavior, look at the owner.

Any breed can be trained to be aggressive.

It is the responsibility of the owner to see that their pets are well behaved and social.  

What I hate is when some dog is allowed to jump up on you and the owner says . . . .  duh, he's just glad to see you . . . .  how stupid is that.


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Posted 20 July 2009 - 03:57 PM

BabyBoomer said:

In my opinion and my two cents . . . . .

Dogs are the products of their owners . . . . .

If you see a dog with poor behavior, look at the owner.



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If you disagree what BB just said , please educate yourselves..

I enjoy working with pits, I like their size, intelligence, and personality.

They're fun dogs...



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Posted 20 July 2009 - 04:07 PM

I agree with BB. some of the freindliest dogs i have met have been pit-bulls. i think they have a tendency to be abused and trained for the wrong purposes alot more than other dogs because of there muscular build and athletic, playful, and intelligent nature. Yes an angry pit is more dangerous than an angry poodle. But you can train ANY dog to be mean.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:04 PM

thanks for the feedback. I'd like to get one, but the statistics on pitbulls
are rather scary, especially concerning attacks on children.  I'm not
sure what to think. :confused1:

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:32 PM

BB ur right on, pits are very smart and loveable, just like you said, it is the owners duty to make sure there pet behaves in and out of public!!!
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:43 PM

joe32blow said:

I'd like to get one, but the statistics on pitbulls
are rather scary, especially concerning attacks on children.  I'm not
sure what to think. :confused1:

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics".



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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:58 PM

joe32blow said:

thanks for the feedback. I'd like to get one, but the statistics on pitbulls
are rather scary, especially concerning attacks on children. I'm not
sure what to think. :confused1:

Would you be comfortable with getting a puppy?

Then the pet would be used to them, bond with them, and believe me, be the very best baby sitter ever.  They do take care of their pack.

Please remember, whatever breed you get, train them early.  Once a pet has poor behavior, it is really a challenge for them to un-learn the improper behavior.  Not impossible, but so much more work.

And the really cool thing, dogs love to learn.  Once they understand what it is they are suppose to do, they really get a pleasure out of it.

Like, hey look at me, I know my "sit - stay"  :w00t:

Good luck to you, whatever you decide.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:17 PM

you can always look into the American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff). they are a very similar breed but slightly smaller. The line deviated from the pits at about the turn of the twentieth century.
They were used as farm hands in the 20's and 30's because of their intelligence, strength, stamina and a want to please their master. They were also used to babysit children when parents were away.
They are big powerful terriers just like the pit. If you know anything about terriers you know they are rambunctious little boogers with a seemingly boundless amount of energy and the AmStaff is no different.

there are a few things that i firmly believe one must do when owning a pit or amstaff:
1. Obedience training from an early age. (bb explains this in the post above)
2. Early interaction and socialization w/ dogs and people of all sizes and colors. from babies and maltese' to you're old fat uncle and the great dane next door.
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise... a tired dog is a calm dog. Terriers love to bark (i have a terrier, not amstaff though) and dig. if you walk them they will cut down on this dramatically. they are just too pooped to care, lol.
4. Positive reinforcement... These are strong, intelligent dogs w/ large jaws. Treat and respect them as such. They can also take a lot of pain so hitting (beyond cesar milans "touching") is always a no no on any dog, especially this "class". When training the dog, don't admonish when something is done wrong, reward when something is done right.
5. i believe in reputable breeders w/ proven lineage going back at least 3 generations to prove there has been no "fighting" blood introduced (maybe i'm crazy, lol)


Also, Pits can raise your home insurance rates, i'm not sure that this is true of AmStaffs. There is a wonderful breeder of some of the worlds best amstaffs in Murrietta (sp) google amstaff breeders and you'll find her website. she is very willing to talk about her breed, so you could call her when you are serious.

I hope this isn't too off the pit bull topic, but if you see an amstaff you'll know why i went to the lengths i did of explaining a little about this amazing animal.
ohh... peetey on the little rascals was an AKC AmStaff. AKC recognized the breed in 1936

Edited by Kushmonsta, 20 July 2009 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:22 PM

and Cesars Daddy rocks, that dog is one in 10 million.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:28 AM

I had a pit mix growing up, one of the best dogs we ever had.  Loved people, but wasn't fond of other dogs.  I would agree that it is largely training and socializing that make the dog.  Pits make great dogs but unfortunately they have been abused and have a bad reputation because of being abused.

I briefly worked for the US post office and in the training we were told that the dog most likely to bite was the minature poodle.  How often do you hear news reports about poodle attacks?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:35 AM

I just love all these posts.

Thank you for seeking advice before you make your decision. Pets need responsible pet owners.

For this is a life time commitment and not one to take lightly. It is not fair to the pet.

I'm so excited and hope that you continue to update us on your choice when it is the right time for you.



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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:39 AM

The only breed of dog I have a bit of trepidation around is the pit bull.  My son's best friend recently got one and I was none too happy.  That being said, Kilo is the sweetest little lady and I do like her.  She is helping me overcome what was an irrational dislike for the breed.

Two of the people I work with had pit bulls as pets and absolutely love them and say what everyone else has said, they are very sweet smart dogs.

About the stories of the breed attacking children, well that bothered me as well, however that type of tragedy can happen with any breed of dog (or other pets for that matter) if the child is not properly looked after.  Whether you have a Pit Bull or yapping little Chihuahua (we have a chihuahua mix), you must watch your children.  At all times.

No, I don't think it is rare, probably the rule.  :001_smile:

Edited by mikibeck, 21 July 2009 - 09:41 AM.
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:46 AM

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Gotta watch those Chihuahua's - ask Rix about his Elvis.



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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:26 AM

i have a pit bull she so mellow best dog i ever had loves my kid allways check on her. she a great pet

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:48 AM

P+B Collective has the most mellow and prissy female Bull Terrier named Bella:001_tt1:. If any of our patients have had the chance to meet her then they know how amazing and great she makes everyone feel. If you haven't then we would love to introduce you. We are very pet-friendly and love to meet our patient's friends.
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:00 AM

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I briefly worked for the US post office and in the training we were told that the dog most likely to bite was the minature poodle.  How often do you hear news reports about poodle attacks?

Such a coincidence you say this...
I was leaving a co-op today and I heard some barking behind me.

I looked... crap!  It was a PACK  of Toy Poodles and Miniature Chihuahuas
bearing  down on me a full speed.

Truthfully I  barely made it into my car and escaped them... I was scared to death.:cursing:

Oh and here is a real mean pit bull...

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:47 AM

joe32blow said:

That may seem like an oxymoron, but a friend of mine has the mellowest
dog ever and it just happens to be a pit bull.   Is that rare?

No, not rare! My pit is super mellow too. Makes him a great companion, I don't have to worry about him running a muck!!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:52 AM

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I looked... crap! It was a PACK of Toy Poodles and Miniature Chihuahuas
bearing down on me a full speed.

Truthfully I barely made it into my car and escaped them... I was scared to death.:cursing:
  

Alert the media!

It would go something like this:

YOU: I was almost attacked by a dangerous pack of dogs today, I barely escaped with my life.

MEDIA: Oh my...
[muffled] get the vans ready we've got another Pit Bull atack
Was anyone else involved, was anyone hurt?

YOU: No one was hurt but it was pretty scary.

MEDIA: How many Pit Bulls were attacking you?

YOU: These were poodles and chihuahuas.

MEDIA: CLICK!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 01:00 PM

ROTFL!!!!!!!   Yes, those Chihuahuas are not to be "toyed" with.  Sorry!

Thanks for the laugh!!  :thumbup:


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Alert the media!

It would go something like this:

YOU: I was almost attacked by a dangerous pack of dogs today, I barely escaped with my life.

MEDIA: Oh my...
[muffled] get the vans ready we've got another Pit Bull atack
Was anyone else involved, was anyone hurt?

YOU: No one was hurt but it was pretty scary.

MEDIA: How many Pit Bulls were attacking you?

YOU: These were poodles and chihuahuas.

MEDIA: CLICK!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 07:28 PM

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i have a pit bull she so mellow best dog i ever had loves my kid allways check on her. she a great pet

Nice!  I love pits they are very loyal. :thumbup:

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:39 PM

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The most mellow pit you would of meet.cleo I had her 13 years rest her soul...

CLEO
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Aww, I remember your Sweet Cloe.  Glad you have many great memories of her.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:45 PM

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Aww, I remember your Sweet Cloe.  Glad you have many great memories of her.

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My friend has a pit named Cleo and also really super sweet - she was adopted after being rescued from a very abusive owner and it took 2 years, but now she is a happy chill dog! :001_smile:

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