Animal Stories - American Pit Bull Terrier

Animal-World Information about: American Pit Bull Terrier

  By nature the American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull) is friendly toward humans, which is enhanced by proper training. Socialization of your Pit Bull is of utmost importance.
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  • John Cook - 2018-07-06
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Miles Cabrera - 2012-09-15
I recently adopted a 5 year old male pit bull mix ( I think he's mixed with a lab) he's well behaved and shows manors. I walk out the door first and got him to stop tugging the leash on our walks by simply pulling the leash up instead of back ( thanks to the dog whisper). He's a friendly dog but I feel he may be to friendly. How do I know if he will protect my family if we are in danger? There are also sometimes where I'll give him a tug  and and he doesn't respond, I've asked how to change this and people have told me to hit him hard. Is there another way to get this pit to respect and listen without beating him? I don't want him to become vicious I have a 4 year old and I don't need dog to attack. I just need him to respect what I say and protect my family. Are there any other methods ????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-15
    I do not know how you train a pitt bull - I do know that you should never hit or beat a dog -
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-16
    Thanx but that really doesn't help much. Does anyone else know what to do ?
  • Robert - 2012-09-16
    Many say they have a  pitt bull lab mix - and I am not quite sure if I believe there are that many pitt bull lab mixes running around. In any case - you are saying you do not have complete control of the pup - then I would under no circumstances have him around a 4 year old child. Kids play, they make noise, they throw stuff animals for fun, and you do not know what will set the pup off - too many articles with these dogs hurting children. In some cases killing them. They are all friendly - till they are not. They require a strong, knowledgeable consistent trainer with a lot of experience.
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    I personally use a 'pinch collar' to walk my pitbulls, both my pits are males, one neutered ones not. And without a pinch collar they pull me all over the place. With a pinch collar, it does not choke the dog in any way if fitted properly, and causes no harm IF used properly. It just causes a 'pinch' to the neck of the dog if they are pulling, 9 times out of 10 one little 'tug' (PLEASE never ever yank or pull extremely hard on the leash when using a pinch collar as it could cause damage to your dogs neck) a quick snap of the leash always puts my dogs right back at my side. Without having to use any type of 'hitting' your dog, you should never hit your dog, that will only cause him to become afraid of people and possibly even aggression. Hope this helps. Literally the first walk with a pinch collar had an amazing difference my dogs, Blade and Kadar now enjoy daily walks, and I now enjoy them as well because I'm not being pulled every which a way. :)
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    As Far as protection goes a 'pitbull' or 'pitbull mix' become very attached to their owners. And though they may never show any signs of aggression or protection once your dog has had time to bond to you and your family I can ensure that he will protect you and your child. My dogs have had no training other than basic training (sit, come, stay, heal basic stuff) and I have no doubt in my mind they will protect me and they have proven it time and time again. 'Pitbulls' are naturally protective, but it would be wise to be extremely aware of your dogs body language around other dogs, no matter how friendly he seems with other dogs, some dogs can be fine with 100 dogs then for no reason whatsoever attack the 101st dog. If you don't put your dog in a situation to fail then he can't fail. Example: Pitbulls especially males can be dog aggressive so for obivious reasons my dogs don't go to the dog park. If you don't put your dog into a situation where something bad could happen and cause more people to fear the breed then you should have no problems with your new dog. I'm not saying keep him away from every other dog, i'm just saying it is wise to very slowly introduce your dog to any other dog you'd want them to play with. You need to be very aware of your dogs body language as almost always they give warning signs before they bite/attack.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-05-20
    If your dog is pulling you, you should use a head halter. It helps to get the dogs attention and keep him from pulling so much. I used it with my pit bulls. I have been around so many dogs in my life and I am only 13. Right now I have a chihuahua/pit bull mix and she is a devil. I am working with her. Just try to teach her some things like (watch me) and (sit and stay) and she will use them automatically. If you have her do them lots of times each day. You should never hit a dog. If you have had the dog for awhile, it will have a connection with you, and it will protect you in certain situations. Your dog will protect you when it comes time to. My chihuahua/pit bull gets along great with my lab, (both females) and my chihuahua/pit bull helped bring out the puppy part in my 6 year old lab. Pit bulls (no matter the case) will love you no matter what. Even if her old owner beat her, she will look for affection and wag her tail. (and if you have any info on how to get a dog to stop chewing her dog bowl please tell me.) My dog is in her teething stages, she is 9 months.
  • Anonymous - 2017-02-02
    dont you know, pit bulls make for a terrible guard dog... and hitting that poor dog is gonna make him be fearful and more likely to attack out of fear... you should be ashamed of yourself
Bobbi-Jo - 2008-07-10
Hey my name is Bobbi-Jo and my boyfriend & I have a beautiful pitbull named KOBE! He is amazing in every way possible! HE is extremely loving and well behaved! We also have cats-which he loves too...we actually raised kittens with him around all the time! In fact the kittens preferred to sleep with him! He played with them and watched over them! Anyways I would love to help you with your fight against PITBULL HATERS-as the saying goes people are scared of what they don

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  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-17
    I have been trying to STOP bsl and no one listens to me. When I am with my pit bulls people stop and drag their children to the other side of the road. They say that I will regret having my dogs. They say they will turn on me. I have been all loving to my dogs and they are loving to me as well. I want to STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to be able to walk my dogs down the street like every other person. I want to be able to have my dog with other dogs. And I want others to do the same. STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to make a change in the dogs life and others lives. I want a change in my life as well.
  • Kelly - 2016-09-26
    My first experience with an American Red Nose Pitt Bull Terrier happened when my son brought home what he called a Red Lab. It was a mistreated 11 month old female. When she moved in, I was very nervous of her. She had a serious problem with mange, and we had to bring her to the vet for several mange baths. She was so beautiful when her hair started to grow bath, but her tail was between her legs quite often when she was near me. I began giving her treats that I shouldn't have, like wieners or a slice of salami. and as wrong as I knew it was, we became friends. She wasn't as nervous of me and I was not as terrified of her. I have had a lot of breeds, but I have never had one of this quality. I used to compare her to the high strung Irish Setter I had years before, and a Dalmation that was more aggressive than Disney ever portrayed them. She was warm and loyal, and when she sat on me, she would push her head so hard against my chest, I thought she was trying to climb inside. She was a bit more protective than I would have liked. When we had visitors come in, she wouldn't bark but she always went and sat at the men's feet, never the woman. Most people found it unsettling, in light of the "bad press" this breed was getting. Everyone warned me Sable was going to bite me or someone else but she never did for years. One cold winter morning, my wife's sister came in for a visit, she had always owned big dogs and didn't respect my dog's situation. Sable had not been out for her morning pee, and she had been inside since early evening the night before since it was so cold. in the turmoil of trying to get out for a pee and a strange person "my wife's sister" falling to her knees and moving to hug the dog. Sable snapped at her and although she did not draw blood, there was a lot of opinions about my dog's "natural traits for the breed". While I was infuriated because they didn't know Sable at all, I had to concede however that keeping a dog that had bitten once, created a liability that I wasn't prepared to accept. When it was time for Sable to go to the vet, I didn't want to be home. My son and brother-in-law took her to the vet and I lost the warmest, most loyal, and intelligent dogs I had ever owned up to that time. I presently own a Zuchon hybrid, her name is Chylo and is the only dog who loves, is loyal and intelligent as Sable was. I've missed Sable for the past 15 years, and plan to find another female American Red Nose Pit Bull puppy. I will be more careful to protect her from volatile situations, and look forward to the same love I received from Sable. For the lady who was worried that her Pitt Bull was not warming up to her husband, I expect he is as nervous as she is, tell him to treat her to something she shouldn't have, like maybe a wiener or a slice of salami once in a while, she'll warm up to him and he to her. To one of the other posts about the dog needing a hard slap, I just want to say that animals respond to love with love, respect with respect and aggression with aggression. These beautiful dogs were tortured and killed in dog pits for years and now are being blamed for the mistreatment visited on them by sadistic owners. To all those wanting a big dog for farming, security, friendship and loyalty, don't be afraid of this breed, it will spoil you for any other breed I've encountered.
Kimberly - 2016-08-06
My husband passed away in December 2014. At the time our son was 19. Needless to say both of our lives were shattered. In March of 2015 my son went to a city 'kill' shelter without my knowledge and came home with two female dogs. Both were listed as 'Pitt bull mixes'. One was listed as 2 yrs old and had recently given birth. She was still swollen and full of milk. We now know she is an Am Staff. The other, also female, was a 10 month pup. She is an American Pitt bull. Smart, funny, athletic, she has no boundaries and thinks she is a lap dog. She has the best temperament in the world! She loves everyone and everything! I've since rescued a 3 legged Lhasa Alpso that was used as Pitt Bull bait. My 2 girls were so loving, sweet and truly took the needed for my little one to trust them. It was 2 months before I heard him bark. Now he and my American Pitt are best friends!! My American Pitt plays very different with him than she does with my Am Staff. The big dogs play rough, play tug of war, etc... When she and my Lhasa are playing she crawls to him, takes her paw and bops him on the head. She will keep doing it until he responds and the chase begins. These 3 dogs have filled a hole in our hearts with so much love and joy. I KNOW bad ones are out there, it's just hard to understand when I look at mine.

Laura - 2010-04-19
My daughter has a 2 year old pitbull and she loves everyone but my husband. My husband has been loving toward her dog. The dog barks and is afraid to go near him for some odd reason. We have him feed her, walk her and everything else to help the dog stop barking. She will only get as close as an arm length from my husband and then runs scared. He has never raised his voice or hit her. We are bewildered. Before my daughter got the dog she was raised by a man that scolded her a lot. Does she remember this when it comes to a male figure although she loves other men/ boys just not my husband. Do you have any thoughts to the situation? Thanks

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  • Dave B - 2010-06-07
    Wow... this is a really odd situation. Especially since your husband feeds, walks, plays with him. It may be that the dog really thinks he is her former owner but that is hard to believe. I wish I had an answer and Im very interested if you do. If you find an answer please let me know.
  • Laura - 2010-06-06
    Please respond to my question if you have a solution for me!
  • leona - 2010-08-01
    You really need to contact cesar millan. He can help anybody. Dogs live in the moment. He will tell you that. He will tell you that she does not think of her past owner as your husband.
  • Jordan - 2014-04-11
    The reason why she behaves this way is because of the previous owner. She associates your husband as being her older owner. If an animal is abused they will associate negative experiences with somebody else. For instance if someone who always wears orange abused the animal then it is common that the animal will have problems trusting others who wear orange. This is something that will heal in time but it can take a while depending on how sensitive your animal is and how deep the abuse was.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-16
    Well... I have had lots of pit bulls in my life and I am only 1. So the solution is to get her to trust him first. Like let her come to him not the other way around. Let her have her own quiet place, preferably dark for her to go when she is scared and runs. Don't run after her. You can make it under a desk with a blanket draped over it. She will feel safe in there. If she does not come to him within one month, at least once then you can try having your husband around a corner out of her sight while you are walking her and bring her around the corner to see if she will react. Just test her a little bit. Don't push her. She will come to when she is ready. This all worked with my pit bulls. One other thing is find a more confident dog and tie them together with a rope about 3-4 feet away from each other and have that other dog come to your husband. First make sure that the two dogs get along before doing this. And the more confident dog will show your dog that your husband is safe not the bad guy. If you need more help find me on face book 'isabella marie blue' I have 2 facebooks so do both. And keep doing this until your dog comes to your husband by herself.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-24
    I meant 13 not 1 for my age.
Diane Martinez - 2013-06-12
About 5 months ago we bought a beautiful little American Pit bull terrier puppy, and since then, she has been a pure terror. We say she is the Velasoraptor we never had. She bites, doesn't know her name, not potty trained, destructive, ETC. Now, we realize, she is deaf. We are so sad for her. But, I had decided, I do know some sign language, and I will adapt it for her, I will train her to walk by tying her to my waist, and basically, we shall figure this one out. Of course, she will have to be spade. And we will not be able to register her. I tried to call the breeder, but his voice mailbox was full. He may have some male 'blues' left, but if deafness is inherited, male blues inherit agressiveness I've heard when they get older. Not to mention the fact, we love this dog, and will keep her. (Tia Maria)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-12
    What a surprise that must have been to realise your little pup was deaf! But it is so great that you are going to work with her and help her make her way in a world that for her is silent. You guys rock! and I am so very impressed with your commitment:)
  • Aloysius. A - 2013-10-17
    Hi Diane Martinez, You are great. GOD bless your family and your little American Pit bull terrier puppy. Actually the little one is soooo lucky to be born in this world that to have a guardian like you. I am soo happy when reading (we love this dog, and will keep her.) All the best.
lindsey e. - 2012-08-02
You know what always pisses me off, when people start saying that pitbulls or rottwielers (sorry dont know how to spell that) ect. are mean and aggresive dogs, because the truth is any dog can be aggresive. It's all based on the owner. I mean you don't see people bad-mouthing wiener dogs or yorkies when they bite someone. Anyway didn't mean to yell at anyone just wanted to express myself

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-03
    Some dogs are easier to train than others.  Some humans take the necessary time to train their pups and some don't.  Different breeds of dogs are know to have different dispositions and maybe because they are hunters, or fighters, or just larger - they need a human that is able to provide quality training.  Many humans can train a poddle for example as they are eager to please where possibly a pitttbull needs a firmer or more experienced trainor.  Parrots have different personalities and some are just so easy to have as pets and require no training to speak of.  Some are a little stubborn.  So yes, it is based on the owner and it is also based on the personality of the breed or species. 
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    You are right when you say any dog can be aggressive. But what a lot of 'pitbull' owners don't understand is that terriors are naturally dog aggressive. It does have a lot to do with how the dog is raised. But 'pitbull' owners need to always be aware of the terrior in them and understand their dogs body language to hopefully prevent any negative reactions from their dog.
Nora - 2012-01-25
We have a 5 year old male pitbull (Fatmeg). He's so lovable that we treat him a family member, even included him in our family calendar... He sleeps on our bed with his own pillow and blanket... He's intelligent that he knows his own toys, pillow and bag of his biscuits / denta stix... He sits with us during TV time and would nudge our fathers hand to signal us he's sleepy...He's indeed aggressive to people not familiar to him. The only problem is we can not leave him alone at home even with the radio on as we used to do when he was younger... So when there's a family outing, one of us has to stay with him, haha!

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  • lora proctor - 2012-09-24
    I have owned a beautiful (and intellignet) brown red-nosed pit bull terrier ( the imperial breed) for 8 years. He is smart, protective and very loving to all members of our family and knows all of their names. I am a firm believer that if you do own a pit bull-PROTECT THEM. They have had enough bad press. Walk them on a leash as much as possible and socialize with them one on one and give them lots of loving affection. They are the BEST breed of pup-EVER!!!! Also. do not let strangers (especially unknown kids) come up to pet them, they are very protecive of their family. Let's give them a chance to have owners who lovingly want to give them GOOD PRESS-they deserve it!!
Mad Mike Black - 2012-04-27
We have a 4 month old female Americian Pitbull Terrier. By far one of the smartest dogs I have ever owned. Sleeps with our mini Rex rabbit.