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posted 8/18/2011 12:18:27 PM |
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  sugarnspice005

I saw a post by someone who obviously does not like Pit Bulls on another site, and gives the impression that any dog with Pit in it should be destroyed. I see it as someone who is not all that informed about dogs.

Dogs are social animals. And I've seen where people get a puppy, and gush over how cute it is, and then, when it grows up...ignored. Put outside tied up to a coop with food and water. Whatever happened to caring? My whole life, there's always been dogs. My parents had dogs. Even had a few that were outdoor dogs. One dog in particular, Sport, my Dad's hunting dog, loved being outside..he didn't like being indoors at all. But, even outside, he always got attention. We took him for walks and played with him.

Some dogs are "hard headed", or, stubborn. Pits fall in that category. Anyone who owns a Pit knows this. They also know that they have to constantly remind their dog who is "pack leader". Same with the Rott. (right Bruce? ) To take a phrase from any dog trainer..."dogs need to have a pack leader". If the human in the house isn't going to show they are the "leader", the dog will try to assert itself as pack leader. And yes, that even goes for those cute little toy breeds.

My German Shepherd, before he was neutered, began showing his Alpha male tendencies. For a while, my own sisters wouldn't come around my house unless he was going to be outside. Since he's been neutered, he's been an affectionate clown. He also knows I'm not going to tolerate his b.s. either. Ever try to pin down a 94 lb dog? It's not easy..but I did it with my German Shepherd, and now he knows I rule this house. And that was before he was neutered. I had one friend suggest with my German Shepherd to get on my hands and knees, look the dog in the eyes and growl back at him and then bite him on the nose! I told that friend if he thinks that's such a great idea, he's more than welcome to try it. Anyone who knows dogs, knows that Alpha males can be VERY hard headed, and will most definitely fight back if "bitten".

And I wish people would learn about a breed before getting a dog. I know for myself, with my work schedule and such, a dog like a Jack Russell isn't for me, even though they are the cutest damned dogs I've ever seen. They're too hyper and need a home where they can have daily walks. Just because a dog is "cute", or "cool", isn't a good enough reason to have one.

I know....the world is full of fools. Guess it just gets to me that some are so stupid, and the end result is other animals pay the price for the stupidity of people.

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max49

Aug 18 @ 12:36PM  
I agree with you 100% sugar. My Chows are like that. I have one that wants to be the leader and the other one kind of cowars from him. I went out to feed them the other night and he wasn't going to let the other one eat. I also have a huge Lab that thinks he is playing when he tries to chase him away from the food bowl. Anyway he had chased the other Chow away 2 nights in a row and he other one wouldn't do anything except walk away. On the third night I went to feed them and he tried to pull his shit again. I grab him by the loose skin under his neck, made him look me square in the eyes, nose to nose, smacked him on the rear and told him we weren't going to have any of this bullying shit. I guess he took me at my word because I haven't had any troble out of him since. He could have taken my face off if he wanted but I guess he decided I was the boss.
flavorbuster

Aug 18 @ 12:53PM  
A little but I noticed the other day where I work there was a fridge in the pet food section with dog food in it. I never got around to asking but does that food spoil if not refrigerated or is just for rich pet owners who put more care into their dogs than just giving them normal dog food ?

To take a phrase from any dog trainer..."dogs need to have a pack leader". If the human in the house isn't going to show they are the "leader", the dog will try to assert itself as pack leader. And yes, that even goes for those cute little toy breeds.
True. Just animal instinct.
max49

Aug 18 @ 1:13PM  
I have a little Pom-Chi and I have tried about every kind of food I can find for him and he won't eat it. I bought some of that foos for him and he loves it. I imagine it would spoil if not refrigerated because it smells like bologna with veggies and stuff in it.
papi314

Aug 18 @ 3:02PM  
Could you go buy a car and your idea of a good one is...OH, it's has a cool look or it's pretty! or..
PIck a partner for a long-term relationship...he's handsom....she's a hottie! (this is the only requirement?)
You would not....you'll be unhappy in no time with your choice!
Good one Sugar!
40DWM

Aug 18 @ 3:17PM  
"Anyone who knows dogs, knows that Alpha males can be VERY hard headed, and will most definitely fight back if "bitten"

We are just talking 'bout dogs here, right?
hog77297

Aug 18 @ 3:19PM  
All breeds are only as smart as there owners. My brother has three dogs that don't get any kind of attention except for feeding and they are Idiots.
Strega

Aug 18 @ 7:44PM  
My daughter was over here with her dogs this afternoon. The mother is pitt and lab and the two boys are pitt, lab and Aussie sheepdog mixed. They are three sweethearts most of the time. Funny thing is the person they listen to the most is me and they are not even my dogs. There are no bad dogs when they are puppies, just owners who do not have a clue how to handle certain breeds. I would not recommend a pitt or pitt mix for first time dog owners and these are big strong dogs who could put a mule to shame at being stubborn. Mario was weighed today and is now at 102 pounds at 9 months old. He belongs to my five year old granddaughter. It is such a cute sight to see that tiny little girl with this big dog following her everywhere. They are also an extremely protective breed so if you ever go to someone's house who owns a pitt, that is a good thing to remember.
pinklipstick2

Aug 18 @ 8:52PM  
Owners need to be trained. They are what makes a good dog or bad. All dogs have pecking orders just make sure your the top dog so to speak. Use to do more forstering mostly with pitts. Still have one Rags as she waits for a furever home. Been thinking of just keeping her myself . Cause if she ever got adopted prolly cry for a week. But don't think that will happen she shows out when we have a showing. Good up till then and after. then my 4 lb wonder and collie Murphy who is wayto smart for her own good. Had to show them I was the Alpha. Yes after Rags got food in her and some trust Had to take her down to show her. Had to do the same to the collie. 4lb wonder had some issues.
somnium

Aug 18 @ 9:56PM  
There is only one breed of dog I'll own- a Golden Retriever! She was smart, most of the time would just respond to a few simple hand gestures and watched me constantly whatever I did within eyesight! She knew me well and I knew her well! We were buddies! Still miss her after about 15 years!

Wordsofwit

Aug 18 @ 11:17PM  
As my daughter who is a vet tech said, "Some pits just go bad at around five years old." Sure enough, we had one who had to be put down at five because she became too aggressive over the course of a few months. There are tendencies with certain breeds but they are not necessarily universal and upbringing has a lot to do with it along with the other animals in the home.
1bunny629

Aug 20 @ 3:00AM  
people are the problem...not the dogs....
Wordsofwit

Aug 20 @ 1:27PM  
Sure enough, we had one who had to be put down at five because she became too aggressive over the course of a few months.

The final straw was when I caught her attacking Manfred who was only three months old. She had killed two other dogs in the house previously when nobody was home. She didn't like other animals and got worse about it as she got older.
Wordsofwit

Aug 20 @ 2:01PM  
Some dogs are "hard headed", or, stubborn. Pits fall in that category. Anyone who owns a Pit knows this. They also know that they have to constantly remind their dog who is "pack leader". Same with the Rott. (right Bruce? )

Manfred has never been much of a problem. I had to jump him once for stealing a steak off of my plate on the coffee table in the living room when I went to the kitchen to get something else. Actually, my males over the last 25 years (a chow, an akita, and a rottie) have really not been problems. It is the alpha bitches that cause the problems. Usually, that was picking a fight with other dogs. I had to show some of them who the big dog is, if they challenge me, once.

That involves throwing a left hand out and if they go after it, my right hand gets them by the collar and they are slammed high against the wall. I then (pardon the pun) dog cuss them while they choke for a few seconds, then they get "thrown out".

Getting "thrown out" is agonizing for them as they are exiled to the back yard for about a half hour. Usually that involves pooping/peeing in the house, tearing something up, pinching food, or some other misdemeanor.

By and large, my dogs, even though they are "attack" breeds, they are very well behaved as they get a lot of love and attention. They want very much to please me and get a lot of positive reinforcement when they do something right. There is never any physical punishment except as I explained above.

However, they do not like other animals and have killed cats, raccoons and rats. They will also attack anybody coming into the backyard without me or a family member present. This has included a criminal, cop, and DEA agent all trying to go through my backyard to get to the house next door
Wordsofwit

Aug 20 @ 2:54PM  
Forgot to drop off a green cookie for an interesting blog
onehornytoad69

Aug 21 @ 12:49AM  
I agree with you mostly...
Ppl.. spoil their dogs.... Personally..everyone does it!
But everyone does it Differently...
Some... its... that Scratch in the ear....Some its a good brushing that the pet loves...
Some its the Extra Treat!!
Some its the Food from the table...
Some Take to Men...but Most take to Women!
Everyone has their Own way..of Spoiling their Dog! Its a fact!! No..the People don't know that.....
But the Doggies do!!! Some...if Not all Doggies are Creatures of Habit......

Change a Pits Habits....(Not all Dogs are this way) Completely...and I will show a Dog gone wild.....In some cases!

Been there.. done that!!!! One of the worst nites of my Life!!!
This memory will stick with me till I die!!!
And that's all I have to say about that!!!

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