❤ loverѕ noт ғιgнтerѕ ❤ is a Pit Bull ((and other large dog)) Support Group!
Pit Bulls ((and other dogs who are known for attacking)) only attack because they were trained to. Humans train them to hurt and kill or because some people hate them for their reputation, they abuse them, starve them, and give them hate. This is what could make them mean. It's not their nature, it's the human training them's fault.
You can make a change. If you ever own a Pit Bull, train it well! If you see a Pit Bull being walked by it's owner in the park, don't flinch away because you think all Pit Bulls are like that! Go up to the owner and ask if it's OK to pet them.
Ask to join and add projects having to do with Pit Bulls and loving them. Also talk about other misunderstood dog breeds! If you can quote an article or give me a supporting quote I will add it to the description.
"Humans make me what I am, yet I get the blame? Be responsible and train me, exercise me, feed me, house me, and above all... Love Me. I am only a reflection of you."
Big Dog Support:
Today’s pit bull is a descendant of the original English bull-baiting dog—a dog that was bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head. When baiting large animals was outlawed in the 1800s, people turned instead to fighting their dogs against each other. These larger, slower bull-baiting dogs were crossed with smaller, quicker terriers to produce a more agile and athletic dog for fighting other dogs.
Some pit bulls were selected and bred for their fighting ability. That means that they may be more likely than other breeds to fight with dogs. It doesn’t mean that they can’t be around other dogs or that they’re unpredictably aggressive. Other pit bulls were specifically bred for work and companionship. These dogs have long been popular family pets, noted for their gentleness, affection and loyalty. And even those pit bulls bred to fight other animals were not prone to aggressiveness toward people. Dogs used for fighting needed to be routinely handled by people; therefore aggression toward people was not tolerated. Any dog that behaved aggressively toward a person was culled, or killed, to avoid passing on such an undesirable trait. Research on pet dogs confirms that dog aggressive dogs are no more likely to direct aggression toward people than dogs that aren’t aggressive to other dogs.
While a dog’s genetics may predispose it to behave in certain ways, genetics do not exist in a vacuum. Rather, behavior develops through a complex interaction between environment and genetics. This is an especially important consideration when we look at an individual dog versus a breed. Many diverse and sometimes subtle factors influence the development of behavior, including, but not limited to, early nutrition, stress levels experienced by the mother during pregnancy, and even temperature in the womb. And when it comes to influencing the behavior of an individual dog, factors such as housing conditions and the history of social interactions play pivotal roles in behavioral development. The factors that feed into the expression of behavior are so inextricably intertwined that it’s usually impossible to point to any one specific influence that accounts for a dog becoming aggressive. This is why there is such variation in behavior between individual dogs, even when they are of the same breed and bred for the same purpose. Because of the impact of experience, the pit bull specifically bred for generations to be aggressive may not fight with dogs and the Labrador retriever bred to be a service dog may be aggressive toward people.
((Read more at: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls))
I've got a story to tell that relates to this studio. I'm not going to go into detail, but basically there was a pit bull that animal shelter workers brought into my dog's vet's office severely abused. They didn't think he was going to make it. But he recovered, and became a bit of a local celebrity because of it. He was so sweet, the vet's office regularly updated their twitter with pics of him playing while he was recovering. Don't know why anyone would abuse the sweetheart.
I hate it when people automatically assume that all pit bulls are natural born killers. My sister has a rescued shepherd pit bill mix and he's one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. And not to mention, she has a one year old running around the house and the least he's ever done is lick her face.