Originally Posted by pinetar
Bravo. I couldn't have said that any better myself.
Pits are no different than any other dog. It's all about the owner and how they're raised.
*edited out my anger.
Bull lets stop with Pit Bull Reform PR campaign. Pits are different than any other dog. Its how they bite and how they are wired. I know the non verbal cues a dog gives before it attacks. I take a pup with big time prey drive ie a sheep killer and turn it into a dog that can work anything from three sheep to several hundred sheep. The pups I work are all potential sheep killers. They dont maul toddlers. I cant trust them with sheep and even fully trained I dont fully trust them with sheep. So please drop your PR campaign that Pits are just like any other dog. They dont think like a Retriever and they sure as hell dont have a soft mouth like a retriever. When one of my dogs bites a sheep or grips it releases immediately. Pits dont. My dog will bite a sheep that is challenging it and wants to hurt my dog. THey need to enforce they are in charge. The wounds from a bite of herding dog are no way as severe and damaging as a bite from a pit. My friends who have been training and working herding dogs for over 30 years have the same opinion of pits. One of them looks at their dog cross eyed and its dead.
I train herding dogs, work herding trials, trial, and work sheep. This Sunday we were out helping a friend move her 100 ewes and approx young lambs. She has Border Collies and I have collies. My 2yo boy needs the experience moving large flocks and working with ewes and their lambs. She had to shoot a couple of pits that wondered onto her farm and started acting aggressively towards her dogs on Thurs. Turns out neighbor down the road son moved back home with his dogs ie pits. She couldnt afford to have her dogs put out of commission or lose lambs or ewes.
Pits arent like other dogs and combining them with young male owners w/o a lot of dog sense and training experience isnt a good combination. You ll just dont have the experience in training dogs. And I am willing to bet some of you chose a pit because of the pit's image as a tough dog that can kill.