A dog is a dog! If keeping this statement you won’t be able to find a wonderful friend in your life!
I had a great friend 20 years ago. We understood each other without words, and we could read each other’s moods perfectly. This was the greatest lesson he gave me: how to connect. Before you can train a dog or rehabilitate a dog, you have to connect, but you can only do it by using your instincts and communicating with your energy.
People normally divide the world of dogs into breeds and then give characteristics to them. And most of people come to think of pit bulls as violent and aggressive dogs. This is reinforced on TV and in newspapers that go to town every time there’s an attack — and often the offending dog is described as a pit even when it isn’t. There are more pit bulls in shelters than any other breed, they’re less likely to be adopted, and they’re far more likely to be euthanized if we don’t change people’s attitudes!
My own pit bull
I had owned a pit bull –Daddy – when he was just a 4-month-old puppy. He was with the rapper Redman, who was touring and traveling a lot of the time, that’s why Daddy stayed with me.
From the beginning, Daddy was balanced and calm, and because I always had a large pack around he got to know a lot of different dogs early on, so he was always well-socialized. It didn’t matter what other dogs did. If they became aggressive, he’d just walk away, and he’d let little dogs do anything to him.
My sons grew up with pit bulls. To my kids, Daddy was a buddy to play with, a pillow to lie on for comfort, and a patient friend who always understood them.
Daddy was incredibly in touch with all of the members of the household. When someone wasn’t feeling well, he could sense it before entering the house, and he’d slow down to let me know. He knew the difference between adults and kids and was much more patient and tolerant with the kids, almost like a grandpa. That’s how my children saw him — as a proud and understanding friend to them. Daddy did so much to enrich my life and the lives of my kids.
Education is key
I’m here to tell you that a pit bull is no more likely to unpredictably attack than any other breed. That’s a fact. To say that a pit is a natural-born killer is nothing more than stereotyping. And the breed is not problem but education.
If people get to know pit bull, they won’t continue to have negative feelings about them. It’s why I have traveled the world, first with Daddy and later with Junior since he passed on.
But it’s also important to help people who own pit bulls about their dogs and how to aducate them. Pit bulls combine the speed and determination of the terrier side of their ancestry with the strength of the bulldog side.
- Pits are the Terrier determination that causes problems if they fight and refuse to quit, so being responsible owners, we should make sure to redirect those traits in healthy ways. Give a pit a job to do and he will use that same determination. These are strong dogs who need exercise. For instance, they love to pull. And they can carry a backpack when you go for a walk.
- Pits are also great jumpers, so think about agility classes, or create something for them to jump over. And don’t forget that they have a strong scenting ability, so create challenges for their nose.
- Not abusing him by chaining him up or hitting him, it’s also not letting him fulfill his needs as a dog.
- As owners we all have a responsibility to make sure our dogs behave well in public. When people are bombarded with bad headlines about pit bulls, it’s easy to understand why they’re nervous when they see one on the street. Along with our dogs can help change that perception.
Breed-specific legislation doesn’t work
Dogs of every breed do good things and bad things. If a dog poops in your yard, do you care whether it was a pit bull or a poodle? You just don’t want poop in your yard. Dogs, and especially dog owners, should be held accountable for their actions — for their deeds, not their breeds. Breed-specific legislation doesn’t address the problem. It just penalizes innocent dogs.