August 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm #15154adpitKeymaster
Hello! My husband and I just rescues a 12 week old lab pit mix. He scared me at first. The name pit made my hair stand up. However once we started working with our amazing trainer I realized he is a loving animal. I guess what I am trying to say here is that i once feared the breed die to the all the media and bad words that have been thrown around about the breed. I want to change and love this dog like he was my son. He is changing every day for the better. I am still a little nervous but I am going to work through it. I know Irish loves me. Feel free to give me any advice on how to be a good puppy parent. I am excited to be a pit owner and do is my husband:)
Thanks!!!August 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm #18053Girton1Participant
We just adopted an 8 month old lab/pit mix this past March! (breed websites say that means he’s a “labrabull”, haha, but I prefer just to call him a mix) It is definitely a great breed mix, in my opinion, you get the loyalty of both breeds, the athleticism of the pit, and the crazy amount of enthusiasm from the lab, ha! Our Harley definitely had a tough life before we got him, and the shelter he was at was going to put him down just because of his breed, not because he showed any signs of being dangerous/aggressive. He’s definitely had some adjustments to make, and that stubbornness will always be there I’m sure, lol, but it’s just part of his personality. We just make sure to give him equal amounts of love/play and structure/learning the rules of the house. He’s definitely become my little 60 pound shadow, if I’m in the house he’s right behind me wherever I go! We’re planning on enrolling him in an obedience/agility class to help with getting out some of his excess energy, that might be something you’d like to look into as well?
Well, good luck with your new addition to your family! Hope what I’ve put here helps a little!August 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #18054Girton1Participant
Hi! We just adopted a lab/pit bull mix back in March! He definitely did not have a great life before we got him, at around 8 months old he’d already been treated pretty badly and even has some bad scars on his ears, which are still whole but look like some stupid person tried to “dock” them himself…I hate to even think about it. Anyway, our Harley is now a part of our family we simply couldn’t live without! He’s had some adjustments to make, like all rescues do, but he’s so loving and happy to be with us now. We just try to give him equal parts of love/play and structure/learning the rules of the house. He has pretty much become my little 60 pound shadow, ha! Also, one of the biggest tips i could give is socialize, socialize, socialize! Have him around multiple types of people and dogs so that he doesn’t become solitary. We’re also enrolling him in an obedience/agility course to help get out some of his excess energy, lol, maybe that might be something you could try as well?
Well, good luck with your new addition to your family! Hope what I said was a little helpful!August 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm #18057chelseanorman21Participant
Awesome to hear you changed your point of view about the breed. You will see the pit side shine through in your puppy. They really are the most loving dogs you will encounter. They are all life changing.
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