The Aggressive Pitbull – How to Deal With Them
An aggressive pitbull is the consequence of inhumane treatment. When raised aptly, the pitbull is the sweetest dog by nature. Pitifully, pitbulls have a toilsome time of it in the world. Each dog breed has special characteristics.
Pitbulls are guard dogs. A guard dog does not necessarily mean a vicious dog. People make dogs vicious. But here are some tips to avoid raising an aggressive pitbull.
Don’t Keep Him Chained Indefinitely
A lot of people adopt pitbulls and then leave them chained to their backyard fences for hours at a time. They think that by exposing the dog to harsh conditions, it will make the dog “tough.” But dogs are pack animals.
They need to socialize at an early age with humans and with other dogs. If your dog doesn’t socialize with other humans and other dogs, they will not know how to act. In fact, they will act fearfully and attack. By chaining your pitbull to a fence 24/7, you’re planting the seed for an aggressive pitbull.
Never Taunt Him
Unfortunately, many pitbull owners turn their sweet pitbull into an aggressive pitbull by taunting them. This can mean anything from kicking them, torturing them, and starving them. The owner thinks he’s making the pitbull into a good guard dog. The reality is, he’s just turning his dog into a vicious, aggressive pitbull.
Never Use Him In Dog Fights
Pitbull owners think that pitbulls make the best dog fighters. So they “train” their pitbulls to be aggressive by sicking them on to weaker dogs. After being viciously taunted and neglected, of course this newly aggressive pitbull is going to go after the weakest of the pack.
Here are some tips to raising a loving, protective pitbull:
Make Sure You Pick the Right Breed for Your Lifestyle and Personality
It’s crucial to pick a breed that matches your lifestyle and personality. Many people pick dogs for the wrong reasons. People pick pitbulls because they want to show others that they have a “tough” dog. But that is the wrong way to go about picking a dog!
Pick your dog based on your own personality. If you’re a laid back kind of person and a couch potato, a pitbull is not for you. Pitbulls need strong leadership. If you live in an apartment and are never home, a pitbull is not for you.
Socialize Him Early
Just like any other dog, socialize your pitbull when he’s at least 8 weeks old. Let him interact with other humans in different situations. Take him to the shopping mall. Take him to the dog run. Let others pet him and hold him. By being exposed to many different situations, you’re less likely to raise an aggressive pitbull.
Dog Obedience Training
Teaching a pitbull basic dog training is essential. The pitbull is a head strong dog. Never ever hit him or be harsh with him. If you don’t know how to train him, find an instructor.
If you can’t afford an instructor, find a really good eBook on dog training online. There are plenty of good dog obedience books on the web.
Always give your dog unconditional love. It’s important to be firm with your dog so that he knows you’re the alpha. But you must treat him with respect. You must also treat him fairly. Always give lavish praise when he does something well.
Dogs are like people. If you treat them with love and respect, they will develop into wonderful people (or dogs in this instance). By following all of the above tips, you’ll avoid raising an aggressive pitbull. In fact, you’ll end up raising a lovable lifetime companion.