Pit Bulls have been the center of quite a bit of controversy in over the last few decades.  However, despite their seemingly “bad reputation”, they can make very sweet and loyal family dogs.  Adopting any kind of dog is a joyful experience, but you may need some extra advice before adopting a Pit Bull.  Here are the top tips to consider:

1)    Socializing Is Important. 
If you socialize your Pit Bull at a young age, he will be more comfortable around other animals and people as he gets older.  It is known that some Pit Bulls have issues with aggression, but this problem is often due to negative training techniques on the part of the owner, and can be avoided altogether if the dog is properly trained.

2)    Make Time For Play and Exercise.  
Pit Bulls are active dogs.  If you keep them cooped up inside, they will be more likely to develop behavioral problems.  Be prepared to spend time outside, around 20 to 30 minutes twice a day, in order to keep him happy and healthy.

3)    Pit Bulls Are Smart. 
These dogs are very enthusiastic learners.  They can be taught tricks easily and are very obedient. If you work hard enough him, he could graduate at the head of his obedience class. 

4)    Be Prepared For Breed Discrimination. 
Because of highly publicized problems with Pit Bulls, some people have decided to be afraid of them before ever meeting one.  In fact, legislation may prohibit you from living in certain areas, and homeowners insurance may be harder to find.  It would be beneficial to call your local city hall or animal shelter to find out the local laws when it comes to Pit Bulls.

5)    Do Your Research Ahead Of Time.  It would be helpful to find out some facts and history on the breed so you can provide reliable answers if anyone ever asks you questions. 

6)    Think About Adoption. 
Adoption is the best option when it comes to Pit Bulls.  Although it can be questionable as to why the dog was given up, you are saving a dog that needs a home by adopting a shelter dog.  Find a good shelter that provides initial health evaluations and behavior assessments to all of their dogs before letting people adopt them.   Most families think it is better to adopt a young Pit Bull, but it may actually be better to adopt an older one.  This is because their personality is already developed and you will already be able to see what he is going to be like; not that Pit Bull puppies are going to cause harm, but they can be unpredictable as to what they are going to be like when they get older.

7)    Establish House Rules.
  Consistency is the key to training Pit Bulls.  You must provide them with a stable environment that is not constantly changing.  Decide if he is allowed on the furniture, to bark in the backyard, play with toys in the house, and how you want him to behave when guests come into the home.  Stick to the rules to ensure proper behavior.

8)    Set A Good Example For Others. 
Don’t be afraid to show your Pit Bull off in public.  It’s important for the population to understand that not all Pit Bulls are aggressive animals.  Let people know that it’s bad ownership that causes Pit Bulls to be aggressive, not the breed itself.  If you keep your new dog isolated, it won’t have the best life possible.  Give him the love and care he deserves.

9)    Understand That Pit Bulls Are Large and Strong Dogs. 

Remember that all dog breeds can have behavioral problems.  Owners can take every step possible to ensure that their dog has good behavior, but can still end up with issues.  If your Pit Bull is one of these, don’t think you made a mistake and don’t blame it on the entire breed.  It’s also important to note that if your Pit Bull isn’t used to being around children, it would probably be best to keep him away from them at first. 

Please take some time to consider the above tips when you’re adopting a pit bull. They are wonderful, loving, playful dogs that can make a great addition to a family. 

 


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