Who's the problem? The pit bull or the owner?
Should it be illegal to ban all fighting dogs? It's in they're instinct to ravage and Mail anything smaller than them especially if it darts past their line of vision! Would you rather see behavioural therapy? Or training classes more available for both the animals and the owner
The pit bull is a breed humanity created, so it would be illogical, it seems to me, to blame the dog.
The owner is absolutely the problem. A pitbull terrier's very nature is that of affection and willingness to please their human. If that human takes advantage of that nature and uses their animal for fighting, then it is the human that is the monster. Not the dog.
Animal Planet has a series called Pitbulls and Parolees, where they rescue pits from all different situations and adopt them back out. Many of their dogs were abandoned or horribly mistreated and yet still have that trust for humans/sweet disposition. Lots of their dogs were rescued from fighting rings and after rehabilitation never again display an ounce of aggression.
Did you also know that pitbulls are the best breed to have with cats?
An aggressive dog is the result of poor ownership. This is not only true for the American Pit Bull Terrier, but for any breed. A person who does not properly train, exercise and socialize their dog is raising an unstable dog who may turn aggressive.
American Pit Bull Terriers naturally love people and are not instinctively aggressive to people. Quite the opposite, they love to be near their family and at one time they were called "Nanny dogs" because of their gentle way with children.
American Pit Bull Terriers can be aggressive to other dogs, but not if they are properly socialized from a very young age. I began to socialize my Pit Bull at two months- right after I got him and he shows no aggression to other dogs and enjoys making new dog friends.
American Pit Bull Terriers can have a high prey drive, but this is true of many breeds, specifically those bred for hunting (did you know American Pit Bull Terriers have been used for hunting?). It is once again in the training. My pit bull was raised with beagles who taught him to chase after squirrels, but he has never caught one and will not chase them if we are on a walk and I tell him to leave them alone.
In addition to raising a Pit Bull correctly, Pit Bulls can be rehabilitated. Most of the dogs who were victims of Michael Vick were rehabilitated and went to loving homes. Some even went into therapy work.
Also aggressive dog does not necessarily need to be put down, but often times only require an understanding and patient owner who can keep them from situations where they become aggressive.
I have written a hub: http://hubpages.com/animals/Where-There-are-Dogs
This hub details the ineffectiveness of Breed Specific Legislation and the benefits of lifting breed bans.
I hope one day all breed bans will be retracted and all breeds will be able to find a loving home.
There are no bad dogs; there are only bad owners. Pit bulls raised in a loving home are the sweetest animals in the world.
I believe anyone who is found to be raising or training dogs to fight should be prohibited from ever having dogs, and should be fined heavily if they are ever found in possession of dogs again.
owner, hands down. i have a pit i rescued several years ago. before he came my parents hated the breed, they believed all the hype media spews ut. now, they cant imagine how they ever could have hated them. this dog now acts as a therapy dog for my dad who has brain damage and dementia, by keeping him soothed and calm. he has never been trained, it is just his loving nature that does it. he is super people friendly and dog friendly. and the one time two stray dogs attacked him, he just kept turning his shoulder and flank towards them, protecting his throat until i could run them off. he never once attempted to fight back.
his breed is banned where i live, but because he is so gentle and helps my dad, the law was made a bit more flexible in his case. unlike humans, no dog, regardless of breed, dreams of being a champion fighter. they fight for the right to mate, to dominate, to defend, to protect, for food. many times dogs have been rescued from fighting rings, evaluated and placed in loving homes, because they were not aggressive by nature.
by Dave Dillard 3 years ago
Pit Bull Terriers as Pets - Yes or No - and most importantly - WHY, especially if you answered yes?I personally am against having Pit Bulls as pets (especially for a family with children) for the very simple reason of “instinctive trait”. Pit Bulls were selected and groomed to be fighting dogs...
by frantisek78 4 years ago
Despite the fact that many people claim that pit-bulls are given a bad reputation and that they are in fact loving dogs, the fact remains that they were bred specifically as fighters and to be aggressive. Just as golden retrievers are genetically very calm dogs, pit-bulls are genetically violent...
by Kiz Robinson 12 years ago
Whitney, do you have a hub about the REAL behavior of pit bulls? If not, now may be the time to write one, since someone out there is writing horrible lies about APBTs on Hubpages.
by bekahthomas 8 years ago
Why is the pit bull one of the worst breeds?I find your article about the best and worst dog temperaments TOTALLY inaccurate! Do your research on pits! Number one dogs in America and they have a better temperament than most dogs Says highly educated studies done by top colleges around the world!...
by Stacie L 9 years ago
A Pit Bull Ban Proposed May Be Proposed in TexasJanuary 25, 2011 01:45 PM ESTA proposed pit bull ban in Texas is in the works. The legislation has been written and is going to the state legislature for possible inclusion in this year's legislative session.The question of banning the breed has...
by whitney_185 8 years ago
Have a good pit-bull story?I recently adopted a pit-bull mix that is a great dog and very friendly towards everyone. Adults, children, other dogs, etc... She was adopted from animal control, and whenever I talk about her and people ask what she is, you can see their negative opinions forming. I...
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