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Hello! I just joined the forums and look forward to the wealth of information that is here.

My husband and I just adopted a 6 week old Pit Bull puppy from a local rescue. We had been looking for a dog to fill the doggy sized hole in our home for weeks and never intended to get a puppy but she stole our hearts. (A picture of her can be found here: http://twitpic.com/8rypu )

Now I know pit bulls get a bad rap for aggression and that's down to how some people raise them but they are big people pleasers (please correct me if I'm wrong). We want to be able to raise her to be a loving and gentle dog, do any of you have advice for raising her to be a well behaved beautiful Pit Bull? She's already proving to be very smart - she does well in a crate, has picked up on what potty pads are for right away and she's learning not to nip fingers or toes.

Also, I've had dogs before but I'm new to the whole puppy thing. I've been reading plenty of literature and I think we'll be able to provide her with the attention and care that she needs, but any extra tips you can give would be most appreciated.

Thank you and I look forward to your advice!
 

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She almost looks like she is part boxer. Anyways congrats on your new family addition, she is adorable. Pits are definitely people pleasers, although need proper socialization with other dogs and humans when young, so they don't become aggressive or cautious of strangers when they get older. You are going to have a lot of fun with her!
 

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Socialize, socialize, socialize. Once she is done with shots, take her all over the place. As you said, pitties are big people pleasers, but some have a slight tendency towards dog aggression. (The word "some" is very important, because it's just a generalization and is by no means true of every dog, or even most dogs.)

Anyway, any natural tendency towards dog aggression can be mitigated by a lot of positive early experiences with other puppies and dogs. A lot of people on here recommend puppy obedience classes for socialization. The dog park would probably be less good, because a lot of incompetent people bring their aggressive and untrained dogs there, which might lead to a negative experience for your young and impressionable pup.

I agree with the other poster who said she looks like she might be part boxer, although it's too early to tell really. Six weeks is too young to be on her own (although I'm assuming there were good reasons for it because she is coming from a shelter) so you might have to take that into account in the next few months in how you approach understanding her behavior. For instance, I've heard that puppies learn bite inhibition from their littermates when they are six to eight weeks old, so you might have to learn how to teach her this yourself.
 

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If you know someone with a healthy, mature female I would schedule some time for the puppy with that dog during the next few weeks. The older dog will teach her what she needs to know, including bite inhibition, about dealing with other dogs (what I like to call doggy manners).

One thing to be aware of is that Pits, like many other terriers, do have a tendency to be dog aggressive. Not all are of course, but many are and it generally shows up sometime during adolescence or early adulthood. DA has nothing to do with aggression towards people.
 

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Wow, we said the same things.
Great minds think alike I guess. ;)

One other thing I would say though is to get that puppy out now even before it's shots. Just don't take it places a lot of dogs congregate such as PetSmart, PetCo or the park. You can always take it to places such as supermarkets, schools, etc. and just sit outside with it allowing it to observe everything that's going on. You can also introduce it to various surfaces, noises (ie. vacuums), etc.

While it's important to take precautions it's also important to not be paranoid about every possible risk no matter how small. Weigh the risks against the benefits and use just a bit of common sense and your pup will do great.

Congratulations.
 

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For general Pit Bull information I strongly suggest you read through these sites -

http://www.pbrc.net/breedinfo.html
http://www.badrap.org/rescue/breed.cfm
http://www.pitbulllovers.com/

There are also several forums you can check out for more information and advice regarding the breed.

http://www.pitbullforum.com/index.php
http://www.pitbull-chat.com/

Pits are great dogs but you definitely need to be prepared.

Congrats on the new addition!
I also recommend all the sites listed here....I also highly recommend joining Pitbullforum

Your puppy is very cute!!
 

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All of the pitty advice here has been spot on..so I will only say:

Why pee pads???
Puppy housetraining is hard enough to deal with without clear boundaries of "inside/outside" and since it will not be long before she is too big to use pads I would highly suggest you not use them for training.
If you are simply leaving one in her crate because there is no one there for periods of time to take her out, I get it, but it would most likely be better if soon, when she's just a bit older (8 weeks or so) that you get rid of the pads and start taking her out more often, including possibly having someone come in (dogwalker or pet pro) to let her out if you are not home.
Just my two cents.

Oh and thank you for wanting to be a responsible pitty owner. They are wonderful dogs.
 

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She almost looks like she is part boxer.
She does look part boxer. The faded black mask and the squared shape of the muzzle are very boxer mix-ish.
 
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