People may have different views on pit bulls. Almost all of us know at least one person who owns an absolute angel baby pit bull. Most of us also know those who are deathly afraid of pit bulls. Considering the tragically high euthanasia rate for these dogs, members of pit bull advocacy groups, and other dog lovers, choose to adopt them as family pets. So, what do you need to know if you want to adopt a pit bull?
Not one breed
The American Pit Bull Terrier is one type of pit bull. Staffordshire Terriers and others are also considered pit bulls. Shelters and rescue groups can help you identify these dogs.
In the U.S., many states have Breed-specific legislation (BSL) to control the adoption of aggressive breeds. Before you look for your new pit bull, do some research on your area, and make sure the local or state law won’t be a challenge.
People will talk
Make sure you’re ready to be an advocate for your pup, and make sure he or she is socialized and well-trained.
Picking out your dog
There is no shortage of available dogs. And, like any dog-lover who visits a shelter, your heart may break for all of the homeless dogs you meet. Selecting a pit bull is like picking out any other dog. Here are some qualities to look for in a pit bull puppy or adult:
• Look for a coat that is smooth and clear.
• To offset further health costs, find a pup who is walking without a limp.
• As far as temperament, it’s best to have a dog who’s not bouncing off the gate or timidly staying away from you. Look for a dog who is calm and friendly. Ask shelter personnel what they have observed.
Set up training
Once you find your brand new pit bill, whether it be a puppy or adult, get ready to train him. Even though the pit bull you carefully choose should not be aggressive, he will still be strong and powerful. A group setting is helpful for socializing your dog as you train him, but YouTube has lots of videos on dog training to work with your new friend at home or local parks.
With careful selection, a pit bull can be a wonderful addition to your family.