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He he he. So, just another funny story. We set up a pool in our back yard for the kids today. Kaos wasn’t so sure what to think about this pool thing. Then his kids climbed IN the pool and that was just not ok with him! Very carefully, he reached out and grabbed my daughters shorts, without even nicking her skin, and attempted to pull her out of the child-eating pool. He was so upset when he couldn’t rescue her, so he decided to hang his head over the side and drink the water all gone before she drowned! Then, my husband and I got in and it was game on! Kaos pawed at the water a couple times, discovered he could touch the bottom and VAULTED in. He has now been happily fishing for pieces of grass for over an hour now. The funniest thing about Kaos in the water is that he always shakes AFTER he’s in the water and just stands there dripping when he gets out. I think he’s a little confused as to the order in which things are supposed to be done.
I’ve never heard anything like that, but I live in Wyoming where BSL doesn’t exist, so you would just have to call your local animal control to find out. As far as advice, don’t let him get away with naughty things and enjoy him to the fullest, but be prepared to deal with some agression, from other humans!! Specific problems probably will arise, as they do with all animals, but there are a lot of helpful people on this site who will be more willing to offer tips and advice. Good luck and hope everything goes well!
Welcome and congrats on the soon-to-be new member of your family! I agree, it’s fantastic to be able to be away from all the negativity. I find it sad that, in the battle to save our bullies, there aren’t more people truly talking about stuff like this. We seem to be constantly on the deffensive, trying to battle media hype. I find myself defending my boy more often than I am able to share the best parts of him with people. Rather than tell a funny story, I have to explain that he’s not a nasty dog. Rather than make somebody laugh, I have to convince them I’m not crazy for owning a pit with kids. I wish there was a better way to share the hillarity that we all live with. Maybe if this type of stuff was being broadcast, rather than all the other crap, it wouldn’t be so hard for outsiders to understand what we love about our dogs.
You know, it probably does have something to do with the fear of the shelter. My 9 year old step daughter had the same issue. Whatever you do, work with your dog BEFORE you have to be somewhere in 30 minutes!!!! Also, she may be more afraid of enclosed spaces, rather than of being left (would explain why she would get into the van, but not your car.) You can try opening all of the doors and just letting her explore on her own terms to get her comfortable. You can even try calling her through the car, crawl through the car with the leash and stand on one side while she’s on the other, don’t pull on the leash, just have a hold of it so she can’t run off. Have her come to you by walking through the car. Once she’s comfortable with that, have her stop and sit on her way through the car, leaving all the doors open. This may help her discover the car at her own pace. Plus, if her reward for getting into the car is that she gets to get out on the side you’re standing on, she may be more willing to endure the car for a second. WHENEVER she is in the car make sure she get LOADS of treats and loves. Take her good places like to the park or somewhere that she will enjoy so that she learns to associate the car with good things (even the vet!) However, you will also find that her confidence increases with time. As she learns to trust and love you more and more, she will be less skeptical of your request for her to climb into that box with wheels. Not to mention that, if she’s like most pits, she will overcome her unease, simply to be able to go with you, rather than be left behind. Be patient and give her lots of time. If you pressure her and yourself you will get frusterated and she will read that and pick up more stressful feelings about cars. Be persistant and she will come around.
Lol. Yeah, frisbees aren’t really designed for the enthusiasm of a pit. The car thing is fun for us, but isn’t actually all that great of an idea. We only do it with Kaos because he is not a car chaser. He only follows us if we hang out the window and call for him. We also spend a lot of time in fenced in places, like tennis courts or baseball fields. They make FANTASTIC play grounds, plus they’re fenced in!!! The best part about owning a pit, nobody bothers you during play time 😀July 23, 2011 at 5:48 am in reply to: FInally! People who know what pit bulls really are! #17502
Lol. Welcome to the wonderful world of Pit Love! 🙂 I’m so glad that you gave your girl a chance. They really are the most mis-represented breed out there. You develop a thick skin dealing with agressive people. Each situation is unique. I think you were absolutely right to point out to her that she was the one with a dog that shouldn’t be allowed into public places!!! It can be disheartining at times, dealing with all the negativity, but I would put up with ten crotchety old women with nasty little dogs to see one person discover how much a pit has to offer! It is very nice to have a place to talk dogs without first having to convince the person you’re talking to that, no, you’re not insane, yes, you know it’s a pit, no, he’s not dangerous and yes, I know he doesn’t seem all that bad! Usually I just tell people, yes, it does take a special breed of person to own a pit (wink, wink.) Congratulations on your induction into the elite group of people known as “Those Crazy Pitbull Owners!”
Tie die!! 😀
I would absolutely bet that it has something to do with her past. She may not have been fought, she may have just been in a fight at some point in time. Bad fights can sometimes effect a dog’s mentality. Seeing other dogs fight may just bring back bad memories.
Yay!! That’s awesome. 🙂 They are super quick to pick things up, just strong headed at times. I’m glad everything is working out!
Lol. That’s what I thought. She’s just an old gossip, but it was nice to “kill her with kindness.” I dare say she may be careful of what she says about Kaos now, since her obnoxious dog almost ate him!
You’re welcome!! I’m glad I could help. I just wanted to let you know that you do have options because this type of gossip, while petty and irritating could eventually cause serious problems. If these neighbors get aggressive enough with it they could even petition the neighborhood to have your dog put down!!! Like I said, there is also the possibility that somebody who really doesn’t like pits could get wind of the chatter and try, for instance, opening the gate to let your dog out when you aren’t home (we both know where that would lead,) or putting poison down or any number of other nasty things, not short of sending nasty letters etc to your home. I’m not recomending that you sue these people, that is a little extreme, just that you protect your family and your pet because there are crazy’s out there!
It depends on the dog food. Look at the ingredients. If it says “corn meal” or any other type of byproduct, it’s mostly filler and she may need more to get the proper amount of nutrition for a growing dog (although you could just do vitamins.) However, if she’s not looking thin and is still putting on weight, I wouldn’t worry too much. Pits are garbage disposals by nature and will usually try to sucker you out of “just a little more.” My dogs have dry food down all the time and I don’t have any problems, but if you’re feeding specific amounts at specific times, your pup may just be trying to sucker you out of an extra treet. I put my older dog on a special diet to help with arthritis and save her teeth. She gets half a cup of rice mixed with half a cup of tuna fish and half a cup of dry dog food a night. Because the tuna is high in protien, with just that, she barely picks at the dry dog food through the day. My pit is younger and eats more, but between the both of them, they don’t eat an entire bowl in one day, and Digz is 55 lbs, Kaos is almost 70. If your girl is going through too much food, try either finding a dog food with less fillers, or mixing a form of lean protien like chicken or tuna in with her diet. If she’s healthy, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. You may try leaving food out for her and see if she regulates her own diet of if she’ll just scarf it all. I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of constantly available food, but my dogs eat when they’re hungry and aren’t food agressive AT ALL. Neither one of mine has weight issues and I know they’re getting enough food for their activity levels.
Not at all, this comment was purely sarcastic. If you go back and read the posts in this thread you will see that all of our dogs are FAR from feriocious. We just get a kick out of those times when our lap dogs try to protect us from bags of ice, baloons, holes, and all sorts of other possible assailants. For instance, on our walk tonight, Kaos fended off a very menacing basketball hoop, and, just for good measure, peed on it to show it who was REALLY boss, before we continued our walk in peace. I get a kick out of this thread because there is so much negativity that the owner of any pit deals with, it’s nice to have a place to laugh at the best side of our dogs. If you have a pit, I’m sure you have some story about how he or she atempted to save you from the tipped over laundry basket or some other type of household or neighborhood fixture that certainly meant you harm!!!! The laughs are never ending with these dogs. We’re just sharing some of their brighter moments.
Here’s the problem, as I see it: some damage has already been done and that will be difficult to reverse, but as long as you don’t have a problem abiding by the restrictions you’ve been put under, you SHOULD NOT have to put up with harrasment and slander of your family and pet. To start, you should approach your neighbor (without the dog,) and politely ask them to stop their slander. Explain to them that your dog is not viscious, but that you are doing everything you can to make everybody in the neighborhood comfortable. In a very politically correct way tell them that the things they are saying are not necessary or appreciated and they need to stop. Document this. I don’t doubt they will continue, so document every time you hear them or that somebody else tells you what they have been saying. Write down the date, time and what occured. After a while, call the police and tell them that you are being harrassed. Provide the police with the careful documentation and they should be able to talk to your neighbors. The first time may not stop it, so continue documenting EVERY incident, then call the police again. If you kept calling the police without documentation, your neighbors could file a harrassment suit against you, but if you have recorded every incident possible very carefully, plus have documentation that you attempted to resolve the problem amicably, you will have what you need to pressure them. Don’t let it continue. If the wrong person hears that you are keeping a “nasty dog,” it could lead to somebody teasing, sabotaging, perhaps even poisoning your him!!!!
Kaos is the most dog-friendly dog I’ve EVER met!!! He’s even had dogs posture or growl at him and he’s never ever ever been aggressive in return. He’s afraid of little dogs and lets puppies beat him up. I would feel bad for my pit if we had an ankle biter!!!!