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Adoption: How malleable is an adult's behavior?

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I am looking at adopting a pit bull on the advice of many members of this forum as well as people I have talked to out and about....

I only have one question about the process, and that is how malleable is doggie behavior in an adult? I only ask because I will be a dog newb.

Primarily, I find the prospect of an adult dog with a adult sized bladder very attractive!! :) I will likely be working 8 hour shifts and I think an adult would be better suited to my lifestyle right off the bat. But what if the adult has potty training issues? The adults are pretty fast learners, correct? And any issues in that respect would be brought to my attention by the rescuer anyway, right?

What about other issues like, perhaps dog aggression? Is it possible to socialize an adult out of any DA? Again, this is likely an issue the rescue would have brought to my attention and possibly dealt with before my adopting the dog, right?

But generally, take the worst case scenario behavior........ Would it be correctable with time, patience and training?

I've watched lots of DogTown on National Geographic Channel, and it seems that they are rather successful with the most troubled of dogs, given enough time..... So is this the case with most?

I'm not saying the dog will have issues, who know, my adopted dog might be the most perfect in the world!!! I'm just looking at what ifs, just to be prepared...

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best! That's the best mindset I guess!!

Thanks guys!
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Please do lots and lots of reading about DA in pit bulls. We just recently adopted a dog that may (or may not) have APBT in her so I've done lots of research lately. From what I've read, DA in APBTs can be managed but not "fixed." It generally shows up by the age of two, but like someone else said, it can show up at any time.

We adopted our first dog "sight unseen" and like you, we were worried about never having met him before he flew out to us but it has worked out GREAT. Just make sure you have lots of email or phone conversations with the foster parent. Ask lots of questions. And be forthright about your lifestyle. By doing this, you'll both be able to decide if it's a right match. Because you're right...they do have the best interest of the dog at heart and they do not want to uproot a dog only to have him come back to rescue because it wasn't a fit.

Good luck! And thank you for putting time, effort and thought into the right dog for you!
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