Well socialized by its owners, the animal can be integrated into any family. They have an intimidating aspect and, at the time of baptizing them, people usually choose names that enhance that image, such as Killer (assassin) or Tyson. The bad reputation that the American Pit-bull Terrier has today is due to diverse reasons, among them, the existence of unscrupulous people that before the fame of the race dedicated to raise dogs indiscriminately without any selection. Also to the uninformed and in some cases absolutely irresponsible owners, who do not know the characteristics of this prey dog and raise it without developing its specific trait, which is the permanent need to bite. The result of this was the appearance of unbalanced animals, whether due to genetic causes or environmental causes, which are often echoed by the news media transforming the pit-bull into a terribly dangerous dog.
“The pit-bull is not for everyone, it can be integrated into a family with children or other dogs, but as long as it are well socialized and hierarchical. In other words, this race needs owners capable of exercising responsible tenure. ”
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a prey dog. This animal gained its name between the years 1700 and 1800, when crossed the races of the bulldog and the one of the terrier and, as a result, was born the hybrid pit-bull terrier. It was created for the purpose of fighting and attacking large animals. For this reason, “says Alejandro Flores,” the pit-bull can be raised like any other dog, but it should always be emphasized in its need to bite. “It is necessary to develop the prey bite that it incorporates genetically. It is necessary to teach him to bite certain types of objects like bordellos, toys, balls … It is to focus the dog in a specific prey (artificial). Instinct cannot be eliminated; it can be directed to another point. Then a dog of prey can socialize and play with other dogs without problems, “completed Flores.
Never with chain
The pit-bull is, in addition, a race of yards, of field. Raising it tied with a chain in a small space makes your instinct potentiate.
Specialized training is also useful in this regard, as it provides basic breeding exercises of great firmness and high specification that help control the dog. “He is taught to respond to certain orders and to improve his behavior,” said the Salta trainer.
According to Alejandro Flores, the owner of a pit-bull must have certain characteristics: “First and foremost, he must be a person with character. It is fundamental because we are talking about a strong race. Third, you must have time because, although all dogs need dedication, the pit-bull requires routines that cannot be replaced. Finally, you must assume that the dog is for life. It is very common for people to fall in love with pit bulls when they are puppies, but when adopting it, you have to keep in mind that they are dogs who live from 15 to 19. The problems usually appear from the age of 7 and the solution irresponsible owners find is to abandon them or give them away. ”
Alejandro Flores remarked that the pit-bull can become unpredictable when it is the product of bad crosses. “Layers are obtained indiscriminately and then the race opens and closes its specific work. You could say that it creates confusion in the head of the dog. Therefore it will not know how to solve certain situations. The most common cross that exists is the pit-bull with the boxer. The first is a fighting dog that is very guardian with the boys, but that looks for to fight with other congeners; and on the other hand we have a very guardian dog that is at the same time very playful with the boys. Thus we mix the desire to play with a baby with the desire to fight. Then the pit-bull, in the middle of a game with children, can end up biting them, “he said.
Another mistake is not to establish clear hierarchies within the house. That is the reason why many times we hear say: “I slept inside and ate from my hand and one day suddenly bit me.” “When there is no harmony in the hierarchical structure of the house, the dog takes the place of Alpha, that is, of leader. And if the animal suddenly perceives that the hierarchy where he commands is altered, he reacts in the only way he knows how to do it: biting. It does so as a reprimand, “exemplify the trainer.