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No dog parks for Pit Bulls

Updated on May 1, 2012

Experts say no

Dog trainers, American Pit Bull advocates and many vets will tell you to avoid dog parks when it comes to you pit bull. Many responsible pit bull owners find this offensive and don't heed the warnings.

No matter how obedient your dog is or how socially behaved they are around other dogs the reality is that, people will always blame the pit bulls. With proper training and socialization any dog can be great with others however, there are people who simply teach their dogs to walk on leashes and sit on command and never worry about anything else. If your dog is approached by another at a dog park and the other dog becomes aggressive, without recorded proof many times the pit bull gets blamed. If your dog defends himself, many times the other owner will notify the police.

Police will then, without question label your dog potentially dangerous which can come with a price. Some cities require that you pay $500 a year just to have your dog licensed because it was label "potentially dangerous." Once a dog is deemed dangerous it can never and will never been seen as anything other then a threat in the eyes of the law.

No matter how much people fight for equal rights for all dog breeds, Pit Bulls still seem to get the short of the stick. Dog parks are hazardous for bully breed dogs because you can't predict how other dogs will respond to your pooch. Some dogs have aggression towards larger dogs or a specific sex of dog and see your dog as a threat even without cause. This is why the experts advise owners of Pit Bulls to avoid dog parks.

Off leash

Many owners that take their dogs to local dog parks will let them run off leash. Some dogs that are well socialized and trained have no problems with this. However, not everyone takes the time to properly train their dogs or they simply have too much faith that their dog will behave when off leash. Because you can not control other dogs around the park it is safer to keep your Pit Bulls out of any situation when it could become a target of bias people and law enforcement officers.

The experts know what they are talking about.


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    • kgarcia1113 profile image

      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      That is a great alternative to the dog parks. And I agree, many owners who take their dogs to the parks are irresponsible and can't properly control their dogs, and then they let them go off leash. I trust my dogs but in public I worry how other people's dogs will be.

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      Dragonrain 5 years ago

      I'm not really a fan of dog parks in general, no matter what breed of dog you own. There's just too many irresponsible owners out there, and you can never know for sure how a strange dog is going to react irregardless of breed. Then there are other issues like people bringing sick or parasite infested dogs into dog parks.

      Instead of visiting the dog park, I take my dog to visit friends and relatives who have dogs that I know have good temperaments and are healthy. The dogs still get to have fun, but it's much safer in my opinion.

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      backporchstories 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Funny! I wrote about the same thing! LOL!

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      I completely agree. In fact, one of my other hubs is 10 most aggressive dogs and Dachshunds and Chihuahuas are numbers 1 and 2. Like I tell people when they comment on bullies, just cause mine do more damage in one bite doesn't mean they are more vicious or aggressive then smaller dogs. It is horrible that taking pits to a dog park could go so wrong, even if the pits don't do anything or are the dogs that get attacked.

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      backporchstories 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I have three pitt bull mixes. I also have 3 dachshund (badly mispelled) and a chihauhau who are meaner than the pitt bulls will ever be. There are more people bitten and attacked my chihauhau and those weiner dogs than any other bred, yet we never hear those stories!