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As mentioned by Matt, the page on this site has some well thought out and researched selections. One thing I would like to add; just about all dog food has fillers. If it has potatoes, beats, corn, rice or something equivalent, it has fillers.
Danielle’s comment is heading in the right direction. Go to http://leerburg.com and get the video “Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet”. I own a number of Ed’s videos and they are worth their weight in Gold. Very interesting to watch too. You should be able to correct that behavior easily from the sounds of things.
Just noted the article in the upper right corner entitled: 8 Ways to be a Responsible Pit Bull Owner
8. Be Prepared to do the Right Thing
Sometimes, no matter what you do or what type of breed you have, you end up with an unstable dog. Part of being a responsible pitbull owner is knowing when your dog is no longer fit to be around others.
Many adolescent dogs become aggressive for no good reason, and you need to watch for signs that perhaps your dog is one of them. If you have any concerns about your dog you need to take steps to ensure that it cannot hurt anyone. This may mean a muzzle, professional behavioral training, or in severe cases euthanasia. This may be a difficult decision, but it is one all owners of potentially aggressive dogs need to be prepared to make.
Lois, I am the only person speaking here that has a voice of reason. The other person is clearly delusional, living in some fantasy world. In the real world, our beloved breed is about to be eliminated by force because of a few bad dogs. Tens of thousands of very innocent Pits have been and are being euthanized because of a handful of bad dogs. Now talk to the owners of these dogs that have tore children to pieces and they all spew the same tired story; “the dog just snapped, I don’t know what got him to him, he’s never done anything like this before…” The real facts are generally much, much different than what the owner will admit to. Your dog is a dangerous dog, and it appears the court system agrees. So far you have been lucky, the JW had the angels on her side and the animal control officer had professional training that saved him; next time you may not be so lucky. How far does a dog have to go before the danger is realized? I recognize that it is not an easy decision to make and feel for you. I pray that you have strength.
How many times have you seen some mother of some serial killer claim their child wouldn’t harm a fly? Your comment about always standing up for your dog clearly demonstrates that you are misguided. It is human nature for the owner of a dog to minimize what transpired. You must have missed where it was indicated “barely drawing blood”. The poor person was bitten! Then to add insult to injury the dog attempted to bite, attack, show aggression or whatever one might call it the officer. Most animal control officers know the difference between a barking dog and one that is clearly a danger. You may not believe this, but there is a hugh difference between a poodle that bites some one and a pitbull that does the same. This is a dog that is a danger, and if it gets another opportunity is likely to do the same again.
LOL! What would have to happen before you understand the dog is dangerous? Let’s see; it has already bitten one person, and went after another who would have been bitten had it not been for their professional training and readiness. Sorry, if I am not one who believes you wait until the dog kills someone before deciding enough is enough. This dog is a menace and society needs to be protected from it. Our breed is on the precipice of being banned in every town and even on a state and national level. We cannot afford to allow sentimentality and complacency to overrule sound judgment.
Sorry to hear about your predicament. Your dog is clearly dangerous. Running out of the house and biting someone is not the normal behavior of a Pit Bull. To add insult to injury, he tries to attack the animal control officer. As much as it pains to see the dog not be given another chance, that any other breed would be afforded, the fact is; this is not any other breed. The next time could have disastrous consequences. We (the entire pit bull community) cannot afford to have such a dog carrying the pit bull name. We don’t need any more bad press. Bad apples have to go. I realize you don’t consider your dog to be a bad apple, but ask the person that was bitten, or the animal control officer. Most animal control officers have dealt with hundreds of pits and know that the vast majority are very loving. So when one demonstrates the kind of aggression your dog has, there is no other choice. Sorry, but true.