Is a Pit Bull the Right Dog for You?

From the archive: Is a Pit Bull the Right Dog for You?

A pit bull is not for everyone.  Pit bulls are energetic, extremely family oriented, and thrive with regular exercise.  If you’re considering adding one of these athletic superstars to your family, be prepared to spend at least an hour a day exercising your pooch.  Also, like many terriers, these loyal clowns can be quite head strong.  Potential owners should be prepared to dedicate plenty of time to training.  Your Ambassador should always be on his best behavior while out on the town!  Pit bull type dogs are often discriminated against, thanks to irresponsible owners and media hype.  Many counties in the United States have even gone so far as to ban pit bulls from residing within their city limits.  Be sure to check here for a complete listing of areas affected by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).  Also, be prepared to defend your dog against harsh stares and sometimes even snide remarks.  As a responsible owner, you’ll need to do your homework and have a thorough and realistic understanding of the breed.  The best weapon against breed discrimination is education!

Every breed of dog needs training, however pit bulls will need lifelong training from a dedicated owner.
It is a pit bull owner’s responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times.  These guys aim to please, so they naturally excel with obedience training.  If you are as opportunistic as your bully, aim for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate!  Pit bulls also tend to be amazing agility dogs, and there are many different things you can do with your energetic canine.  Every dog adopted from our program is required to complete an obedience class within three months (90 days) of adoption.  This also helps establish you as the “leader”, form a bond, and your pup will totally respect you!

Every breed of dog needs training, however pit bulls will need lifelong training from a dedicated owner.
It is a pit bull owner’s responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times.  These guys aim to please, so they naturally excel with obedience training.  If you are as opportunistic as your bully, aim for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate!  Pit bulls also tend to be amazing agility dogs, and there are many different things you can do with your energetic canine.  Every dog adopted from our program is required to complete an obedience class within three months (90 days) of adoption.  This also helps establish you as the “leader”, form a bond, and your pup will totally respect you!

All of our dogs are carefully temperament tested before entering our program.
There will, however, be times when we have dogs with varying levels of dog tolerance.  The Terrier Group in general tends to have less tolerance for other animals, therefore, we do not fault the breed for this trait.  With proper supervision around animals, these dogs can often be the best of ambassadors.  Responsible pit bull owners understand canine body language and their dog’s personal limits to avoid any potential mishaps.  You can learn more about the different levels of dog tolerance here.

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