❥ Exercise your dog every day. ❥
Pit bulls are high-energy dogs that need some way to burn off that pent-up energy. Even a short 10 to 15-minute walk or a recovery game in the backyard will help burn off the energy that can lead to behaviour problems.
❥ Never leave pit bulls alone with other dogs (or any animals). ❥
Even if your dog gets along 99.9% of the time with other animals, the Pit Bull is notorious for animal aggression and it is possible for something to happen. A good piece of advice I got a long time ago was: Never trust your Pit Bull not to fight.
❥ Always keep your dog on a leash in public. ❥
Most if not all towns, cities and states have leash laws. Obey these laws. This will help people to see their dog in a positive light and will prevent accidents such as being hit while passing by a car.
❥ Always supervise your dogs and never allow them to roam freely. ❥
Dogs on the loose are often hurt by cruel people and accidents can also happen. You always know where your dog is.
❥ Supervise your dog with young children. ❥
It is a requirement. Small dogs often hurt young children, not because they are angry, but because dogs can scratch, step on, and injure them.
❥ Spay or Neuter your dog. ❥
Unless you plan to do something where the dog cannot be spayed or neutered, do it. This will reduce accidental plays and prevent roaming males from getting loose.
❥ Train your dog. ❥
Take your dog to obedience classes or hire a private trainer to help you train your dog. This is very important to Pit Bull owners. If you can’t control your dog, bad things will eventually happen. Take your dog for training as soon as possible.
❥ Avoid dog parks. ❥
Dog parks are a breeding ground for disaster. Larger dogs have been killed in dog parks by larger dogs and taking your dog to a dog park is just not a good idea. A better option is to enrol your puppy in puppy training classes. If you have a rescue dog, I would also recommend these types of classes. Some trainers have them for older dogs. Your dog will have a better chance of properly socializing in one of these classes than in a dog park.
❥ Socialize your dog. ❥
Take your dog to as many places as you can, meet new people, and while they are young, meet as many dogs as possible. Socializing your Pit Bull will help curb any future problems that may occur.
❥ Keep your dog properly confined. ❥
Pit Bulls are known to be great escape artists. Make sure you have the means to keep them in your garden and properly confined. Installing a six-foot privacy fence is not a bad idea either. Responsible ownership begins from the moment your Pit Bull comes to live with you. Irresponsible owners are one of the main causes of all the problems facing the breed today. It is our hope that here at Pit Bull Lovers, we can spread the word and educate more owners to take responsibility for their dog’s actions.
For things to change, we must change the way we view our own actions and how they affect the world around us. Until we do that, things will just remain as they are now.
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