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Passionate, powerful and fiercely loyal, the Pit Bull Terrier is a versatile, athletic and wonderful companion. With a strong desire to please his/her master, properly trained and socialized Pit Bulls can be extremely affectionate family dogs.
Highly intelligent, they also make excellent protectors and have an uncanny ability to discern a friendly visitor from an intruder. This does not necessarily make them great guard dogs though, as they often prefer to stop for a pet rather than bark if the visitor is a neighbor or friend. You will also find that a properly socialized Pit Bull will be a gentle companion with all family members, including children.
Highly prized for its versatility the Pit Bull was used in World War I artwork, television shows, and even for advertising with a shoe company wanting to illustrate their "sturdy and dependable" shoe. The Pit Bull Terrier was even commonly used as an all-round dependable farm and frontier dog. It wasn't until somewhat later that these dogs were used and bred for fighting.
With this said, you should also carefully evaluate yourself as an owner before bringing a Pit Bull into your life. Most Pit Bulls have wonderful potential in them, but they are still at times, a willful and strong-minded dog breed. If you are an extremely passive individual with limited knowledge of dog training, you may want to look at some other more suitable breeds. At the same time, if you purchase your Pit Bull as a puppy and are committed to his training, you will very likely end up with a loyal and faithful companion - the dog you'd always hoped for.
A Pit Bull is not typically aggressive towards people but can show aggression towards dogs and other animals. If you commit to proper socialization and training as a puppy, you will eliminate most of these tendencies. Also, if you raise a Pit Bull puppy with other cats and dogs it is not usually aggressive towards these other members of the household. Other small animals outside the household may still be viewed as hunting targets though, but again with proper training and management skills this may never be an issue.
Pit Bulls can bring much entertainment and laughter into the right household. Many family owned Pit Bulls are silly at times and may sprint around your house just looking for some fun. Other times you might find your Pit Bull living the life of luxury on your couch, laying on his back with his legs up in the air and a little drool on the side of his mouth. They do need adequate amounts of exercise and a house with a big yard is preferable for their athletic exuberance. They can however do ok in an apartment with a person who is active and they love to go for bike rides with their owner (jogging beside the bike of course!)
It is only with poor breeding, misuse, improper socialization, and improper training that the Pit Bull can become a problem. This is true for any dog breed though, and is why you must decide that the Pit Bull is the type of dog that fits your knowledge and lifestyle.
Exercise is also important for your Pit Bull. Given that Pit Bulls are an athletic breed, it is important to let them engage in activities that allow them to burn off some steam. A lack of activity can lead to boredom, which usually leads to unwanted behaviors such as chewing, digging, whining and more.....
Generally speaking the Pit Bull is a fairly healthy breed not given to many health concerns. Sometimes hip dysplasia is seen in the breed as well as hereditary cataracts, which again is yet another reason to purchase from a reputable Pit Bull breeder - someone who has the best interests of the breed at heart.
Pit Bulls thrive on non violent, reward based training methods. They are highly motivated students who certainly don't require any harsh corrections or intimidation throughout the training process. Many Pit Bulls have achieved great success with clicker training methods, check out this ebook to help train your Pit Bull - Clicker Training for Pit Bulls.
Pit Bulls grow to be big, strong dogs who can be fairly stubborn and will display dominance if allowed to get away with it. They require a firm, consistent and always fair leader to guide them, and set them up for success.
Below are some breed specific issues you are well advised to get right when training your Pit Bull Terrier puppy:
The good news is that the "jumping up" behavior is not all that difficult to prevent or put a stop to. The key is to always be clear and consistent with the message that you are communicating to your Pit Bull. In other words you must get it through to your dog that jumping up is never acceptable.
As mentioned, puppy kindergarten and some obedience training classes are a good idea for all breeds but especially for Pit Bulls. If you are unable to afford or get to a good class you could study and implement these training methods for your Pit Bull - Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer.
If you have decided the Pit Bull is right for you train him, teach him, socialize him, love him and you will have a devoted friend for life.
Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.