I am a senior in high school looking to further my education into animals and to one day become a vet.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Negative Image and Stereotypes towards pit bulls.
Guest blogger this week is Liana Hetticher.
The way a dog is raised is the way the dog will act. “According to the ASPCA, 1.2 million dogs in shelters are euthanized each year. Different studies show that 800,000 to 1 million of these are pit bulls.” People often blame the dog its behavior when in all actuality, it is the owner and trainer you should be blaming. If a pit bull, or any dog for that matter, are raised in a friendly and safe environment, then the dog will not see a need for aggression unless shown otherwise.
In Montreal, Canada, a city wide ban on pit bulls was put into place. A new city council meeting was organized for December 14th, 2016. In this meeting they will discuss the ban that was put in place, and instead, discuss bylaws.
This is a list of the top ten “dangerous” dogs. Notice that number one is a pit bull. Pits’ are often identified as the most dangerous and vicious dogs, most of the time, they are actually very temperamental and loving dogs. They have to be raised correctly though; just like any other dog. The last dog on this list is an Akita, they are equally as loving if raised right. Stop blaming the dog and take a step back to observe the owner’s behavior.
Before you get a dog, especially a dog with a hyper personality. Do not get a dog of this breed, and just expect it to behave and get along with every dog and person it meets. You need to socialize your pit bull, you need to reward more than reprimand, as a puppy, they only have about a 5 second attention span. Try and reward and praise your pit bull as a puppy and their good behavior will continue on into adulthood where they will mellow out, within one to two(1-2) years of age.
The problem is not the breed, the problem is the owner/trainer. If you raise a pit bull to be aggressive, if you purposely dock their ears to look “badass” as many would say, if you hit, talk down, and reprimand your dog more than you reward it, you will have a very aggravated dog on your hands. If you nurture your dog, if you love and show affection, if you reward and redirect instead of reprimand when an accident happens or it does something wrong, you will have an understanding dog to work with. Pit bulls are very smart animals, they will understand what you are saying, they understand the tone of your voice. They want to please you, they crave your affection. Your dog may just be a small aspect in your life, but to them, you are your dog’s entire world. They rely solely on you for comfort, food, safety, and love. If you fail to love your dog, your dog will fail to love in life.