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    Unhappy Why are people afraid of pitbulls????

    I dont understand why people are so afraid of pitbull, lol! I can see why but I wish they weren't. I live in a townhouse and i had my girlfriends mutt (chow/lab mix) chained up in the back yard, and our neighbors had their sheepdog chained up too. Well when I put Butch(my Brindle Pitbull) on the chain and as soon as I swapped out my dogs the owner of the other dog came out side and visited with me, I knew it was because I had put butch outside, and Butch was just chillin, being the 17 week old 52 pound puppy that he is, lol!! And then i took Butch inside and put my 13 week old rednose "Baby" outside so she could do her business too. She is also the most dominant out of the pack, and the smallest so far, lol. But she has those (im gonna kill you) look in her eyes, so she kept looking at the neighbors dog as if she was gonna break the chain. She would probably tried to knock the other dog down a few pegs because she is more dominant, but this is why i keep them chained up. I guess he didnt like that so he picked up their dog and went inside, I dont understand why people are so afraid of pitbulls, sorry this is so long. I just had to come tell everyone about this, lol!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brindle_APBT View Post
    I dont understand why people are so afraid of pitbull, lol! I can see why but I wish they weren't. I live in a townhouse and i had my girlfriends mutt (chow/lab mix) chained up in the back yard, and our neighbors had their sheepdog chained up too. Well when I put Butch(my Brindle Pitbull) on the chain and as soon as I did that he came out side and visited with me, I knew it was because I had put butch on there, and Butch was just chillin, being the 17 week old 52 pund puppy that he is, lol!! and then i put my 13 week old rednose "Baby" on there, who is the most dominant out of the pack, and the smallest. But she has those (im gonna kill you) look in her eyes, so she kept looking at the neighbors dog as if she was gonna break the chain and go crazy, of course she woundt do anything but try to mount their dog and be more dmoniant, but i guess he didnt like that so he picked up their dog and went inside, I dont understand why peopl are so afraid of pitbulls, sorry this is so long. I just had to come tell everyone about this, lol!!!
    The way you are describing the situation, I would be afraid and bring my dog inside too.....
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    there i retyped what i had said, i guess it didnt make much sense if anyone else would have read it, but now it makes more sense, sorry for the confusion, lol!!!
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    I like Pitbulls alot. But if there was one that was acting any way aggressive to my dogs I would take my dogs away too. Pits are known to be dog aggressive, and without proper socialization and a watchful owner there could be desaster ( Im not saying that your not a watchful owner, just that I prefer not to assume with out knowing and end up with dead dogs)


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    Well as you put it your female has the "im gonna kill you" look in her eyes, you may know that she is more dominant but that whole "wants to knock the other dogs down a few pegs" is what people are afraid of. Usually when pit bulls try to knock other dogs or people down a few pegs, that when the headlines happen. Not that your dogs would hurt the other (being a puppy I'm sure the other dog would so more damage), but as you say she has the look of a killer then how do you know she wouldn't hurt the other dogs when she gets bigger?
    I think your neighbour loves their dogs and wouldn't want anything to happen to them so they are doing what they think is safe. Maybe you should talk to them and explain that they are puppies and need to be socialized so maybe you can put your dogs on leashes and let them sniff eachother and say hi instead of keeping them chained and far apart where no one will be friendly. You should also consider puppy classes and obedience training. Talk to your neighbour and keep things friendly, maybe they will have a change of heart.
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    Some dogs to want to be "knocked down a few pegs" and then the doo-doo really hits the fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    Some dogs to want to be "knocked down a few pegs" and then the doo-doo really hits the fan.
    Maybe I missed or read something wrong but you think some dogs WANT to be knocked down a few pegs?? I do not agree. It is the owners that cause the problem with the pit breed that and the fact that they many times when grown up are naturally agressive towards other dogs.

    Unless I know the owner is responsible I am afraid of pits. I guess other dogs can attack but I would much rather be attacked by a poodle or even a lab that a pit bull
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    I highly doubt that ANY dog would WANT to be knocked down a few pegs.
    Peace36, I have been attacked by a standard poodle, it put me and my boxer in the hospital. Bess had 13 stitches in the side of her face and I had to have 10 stitches in my wrist and 7 stitches on my chin. Being attacked by any dog is unpleasent but poodles have particulairly nasty bites in my experience. Because they have a long muzzle and they have rather scissor like teeth, they can do some serious damage. Pit bulls tend to have crushing bites which is just as painful (if not more if there are broken bones) as a tearing bite though. Personally I would rather not be bitten by any dog hehe!
    Brindle_APBT if your dogs are still just puppies, I would start socializing them asap with other dogs. Maybe your neighbour doesn't trust pit bulls because of a bad experience? Like I said yours are just pups so I am sure their dog could do more damage then yours but you really should talk to them and introduce your dogs to them and their dog or dogs to.
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    Cloef.......Sorry I did not mean to drudge up bad memories. I would not want be attacked by any dog either. From what you had just posted I guess a poodle was a poor choice to compare to a pit. I just kinda could picture fight back against a poodle would be easier to do that trying to stop a pit. But hopefully I will never find out. Gee all this talk makes me want to carry some sort of protection the next time I go walking.

    Maybe some lemon juice. I heard that could stop dog. You know if you spray it in their eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peace36 View Post
    Maybe some lemon juice. I heard that could stop dog. You know if you spray it in their eyes.
    DirectStop...haven't had a chance to use it yet, thankfully, but it's made for this and doesn't pose a liability threat like a mace alternative can.
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    I'm not afraid of pit bulls for myself, but I'm afraid of what they could do to my pup.

    The last time we were at a dog park, my dog was attacked by a pit or a pit mix of some kind.

    The owner just stood around, wringing her hands, while her dog chewed and peed on my dog.

    My boyfriend got a big stick, and broke up the fight.

    That dog was trying for Orchid's throat. If it had suceeded on its kill mission, I would have sued that woman for every penny that she had.

    THAT's why I'm afraid of pit bulls. Show me a sweet one that's not dog aggressive or dog dangerous, and I'll happily change my tune.

    However, unlike other people who blame the dog, I blame the owners and breders. Doberman Pinschers, Rotties, German Shephards, Chows, Bulldogs, and Great Danes were once in the same position that the Pit Bull is in now.

    Those breeds have improved, but ONLY due to the dillagence of a few, dedicated breeders.
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    Snowshoe, I absolutley agree with you about the other breed in the same position. Maybe when all the "be afraid be very afraid" hype dies down, then some responsible caring people can take over and show people just how wonderful pit bulls and other related breeds can be.
    Peace36 I work with dogs and cats and other small animals, it is the career I chose so any conversations about animals biting or clawing etc will dredge up a bad memoriy or a crazy story for me hehe but I have nothing against any breed of dog or animal for that matter. The only thing I don't like about poodles is their show cuts....they look so silly. The reason pit bull bites are so serious is because they have very strong jaws and when they bite if they use their full bite potential they can do some VERY serious damage and this unfortunately is what the media plays up ALOT. They should be telling us why the dog bit the person not just the whole "crazy pit bull tears arm off owner" kind of stuff. Was the owner mis-treating the dog etc?
    I have met mean and nice dogs of all breeds and none should be discriminated against. Just like people....everyone is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
    I'm not afraid of pit bulls for myself, but I'm afraid of what they could do to my pup.

    The last time we were at a dog park, my dog was attacked by a pit or a pit mix of some kind.

    The owner just stood around, wringing her hands, while her dog chewed and peed on my dog.

    My boyfriend got a big stick, and broke up the fight.

    That dog was trying for Orchid's throat. If it had suceeded on its kill mission, I would have sued that woman for every penny that she had.

    THAT's why I'm afraid of pit bulls. Show me a sweet one that's not dog aggressive or dog dangerous, and I'll happily change my tune.

    However, unlike other people who blame the dog, I blame the owners and breders. Doberman Pinschers, Rotties, German Shephards, Chows, Bulldogs, and Great Danes were once in the same position that the Pit Bull is in now.

    Those breeds have improved, but ONLY due to the dillagence of a few, dedicated breeders.
    In Atlanta where I live, you see add's in the paper for Pit Bull puppies for sale for $100. You can bet that these dogs aren't bred well or trained at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peace36 View Post
    Maybe I missed or read something wrong but you think some dogs WANT to be knocked down a few pegs??
    Sorry. Careless typo.

    What I meant was, when an assertive (and not necessarily vicious) dog meets another with a similar disposition, and nobody wants to back down, there can only be trouble.

    If I meet a pit bull I don't know, I'm automatically on guard, and it's partly because I have a dog who won't back down.
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    I was kind of confused by that also RonE. Thanks for clearing that up and yes I agree, always be on gueard if you have an assertive dog. Not to mean you always have to nervous and afraid that you dog will fight....just watchful.
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    if i came across a Pit puppy (or any puppy, for that matter) that acted the way you described your little girl to be, i would be very leary of it as it was growing older.....this is a pup that has the potential to be trouble if it is not nipped in the bud (or butt, if you may) now......puppy classes are DEFINITELY in order here and i'd find someone that knows how to work w/ aggressive tendancies.....please, b/4 some other dog gets hurt by her when she is older, get her worked w/


    a few mo back i had a foster Border that i was out at the DP w/ and there was a gal out there w/ her Pit (and, mind you, i love Pits and have never had any trouble w/ them b/4 this, but i have w/ many other breeds [mainly Retrievers]) and this dog, for no reason, took Fly down and tried to go for her throat.....i pulled her off and threw her aside (and, yes, i threw her) only to have her come back at Fly from the other side (Fly was standing there, on leash [she had a fractured leg], quietly watching my other dogs play).....at this point i smacked the Pit w/ my Chuck-it as hard as i could and then the dog went after an 8 mo Doodle pup that happened by......all the while the girl that owned it was just standing there doing nothing......when the Pit went after the Doodle, she (the Pit) grabbed the side of his neck and took him down.....i dropped Fly's leash grabbed the Pit's collar and hit it 2x w/ the Chuck-it to get it to let go....then told the girl to get the damn dog out of the park or put it on a leash.....she starts ranting that all her dog wanted to do was play (oh, so that's why the other dog was yelping)......so, you see why people are afraid of Pits?.....b/c people like that make it happen.....oh, just so you know?...this Pit was 7 mo old......
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    Man, those are the people that aggravate the problem.
    I had to deal with a dog who attacked me and Chloe un-provoked some time ago and the owner yelled at me and said my dog provoked it. My little tiny 12 pounder who was on a leash and almost 100 meters away from the other dog (who was un-collared and un-leashed). The dog bit Chloe who turned and bit right back and when I picked Chloe up the other dog (a medium sized schnauzer about 20 pounds-ish) it kept jumping at Chloe trying to bite at her and me. The owner only came over when he saw me kick at his dog and pull out my cell phone. I was on the verge of tears I was so upset and he began to yell at me and say it was my fault and I should ahve called out to warn him I was comming.....I beg you pardon?? I have to warn you I am comming??? I think not, you should have your dog on a leash and if it is aggressive, a muzzle would be a good choice also.
    I live off of a public park where all dogs must be leashed, but some people think they are immune to this rule. Don't get me wrong there are some people who have great dogs and let them off their leads because they can trust their dog to come when called but then you get others like that moron and the lady who you came across tirluc, who can't control their dogs at all and should NEVER have them off a lead.
    I agree with tirluc though.....socialize, train and puppy classes. Make sure she learns her doggy manners and make sure they know who is boss.
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    I'm not afraid, per se, of any dog breed.

    I believe I am more likely to get bit by a Pomeranian or Chihuahua. But if pittie were to bite me, I'm pretty sure it'd require more than a good scrubbing and a bandaid like a bite from a toy breed. (A coworker described being bit by a Chihuahua as "being attacked by a staple remover.") So while I'm cautious around all dogs who don't know me, a little extra caution is necessary when a dog can do actual physical harm.
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    LOL thats a good comparison...a staple remover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorina View Post
    a little extra caution is necessary when a dog can do actual physical harm.
    Let's not dance around this. A pit bull can kill you.

    Most won't want to but, unless you know the dog, you have no way of knowing for sure.

    I have immense respect for powerful animals and the owners who keep them and train them well, but it's a huge leap of faith to put yourself, your family or your dog in harms way just because somebody's told you that most pit bulls are very well-behaved.

    There was a dog fighting ring broken up in Rock County Wisconsin a couple of years ago and the rescued dogs, some of them rather mutilated, were available for adoption. I was talking to a friend who is a vet tech and dog trainer and I wondered out loud what kind of person would adopt a fighting pit bull. She told me she'd rather be in a room full of pit bulls than with a single *****, ***** or *****.

    (I won't win any friends here by mentioning the breeds she named.)
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