Danny’s World: I’m Torn On the Issue Of Pit Bulls

Cuda

I saw a video on Facebook today about a guy in California who lost his dog to the city because it got loose and killed the neighbors cat in the cat’s yard.  The dog then died in their custody from a heat stroke after being left for hours in a hot truck.  The guy is upset as any dog owner would be.  You can read about it here: justice for Cuda.

I am torn over the pit bull issue because I know pit owners who have great dogs.  But I have also come face-to-face with aggressive pits and it is terrifying.

We have a neighbor who owns a pit who lunges even when on the leash.  Now most people will argue that it’s the owner who makes the dog.  And I agree.  But the problem I have is trusting a dog who has the power in one bite to snap my arm or rip an animal to shreds.

I have had to stand my ground with an aggressive pit and I almost peed my pants I was so scared.

49 thoughts on “Danny’s World: I’m Torn On the Issue Of Pit Bulls

  1. I agree that not all dogs are friendly, pit bulls or otherwise. But I’m more upset with the way animal control left the dog in the van in that kind of heat – I feel like animal control should have known better. I’ve also never been a big fan of having “outdoor cats”. Maybe it’s because we have animals like coyotes up here … but I could never see myself owning an outdoor cat and not worrying about its health and safety.

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  2. I’m of the mindset of nurture vs nature when it comes to Pits. Any dog could be made to be aggressive and mean. I’m not convinced that certain breeds are born that way. That said, I don’t know that I’d ever own one.

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  3. I have to agree with you fence sitting on this one! Usually comes down to the owner regardless of breed. But like anything else the current breed of aggressive dag appeals to a certain subset of people. For a while it was shepherds, Rottweilers, dobermans and now it seems to be pit bulls. I’ve certainly met nice examples of all of these breeds but I think some owners that get them want a more aggressive or tough looking dog. I think there are more owners out there that aren’t doing what they need to than we would like to admit. I do a lot of running and cycling in a year, about 1500 km often with my sister’s dog that could behave better as well. I get chased by loose dogs 3 or 4 times a year which is terrifying since you have no idea if they are nice and sometimes they are not, with no owner around, which makes me very cautious. I see literally 100’s of dogs off leash in on leash areas every year. Just today running up and down a beach for 800m 4 dogs were illegally off leash with about 250 people present, 3 came over to sniff me and presumable play which I don’t really appreciate. I think there is a bit of a culture of ‘I think my dog is nice so the rules don’t apply to me’ at work here.

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    • I agree. It happened to me 2 months ago walking my dog Bentley. A guy had one dog on a leash and another off. The dog charges us and then the other dog breaks it leash. All they wanted to do was play, but they were massive dogs and mine is 12 lbs. People should always have their dog on a leash.

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  4. It’s conflicting. So many dogs have the power to break a bone or skin. So many can be allowed to be aggressive. Some dogs are just kind of being dogs. I mean. If my dog were left to run and chase a cat he would have and maybe killed it but I was never a dog owner that allowed my dog to do that. I trained them. Kept them in a secure fence. Kept them on a leash. Hired a trainer. Etc. but are some dogs inherently bred for aggression and can they just snap and snap you? I have pondered this. The only pit bulls i have ever met were docile and loving though so I cannot weigh on on experience with them other than good

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  5. I think many dog owners do not understand how to properly understand dogs, because they are wired to be hierarchical pack creatures. Many dogs can be triggered under the right circumstances, either due to another animal or human fault. Unfortunately, these triggers have been exploited in pit bulls for ages, therefore they can naturally be more protective and sometimes aggressive. The thing is, many dogs display subtle aggression even to their owners, once again because of their wiring. They feel the need to establish dominance, especially if it hasn’t been established over the dog. Pitbulls can be extremely loyal, loving, and in touch animals, which is also due to this frequent interaction with humans over their history. It’s a double edged sword, and honestly, all animals have qualities like this, which require proper love and understanding from their owners.

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  6. I don’t know, you have more of a risk of some arsehole in a car killing you then a pit ball I think. I find it sad that we as humans made dogs our pets, then get angry at them for acting the way they have been bred. Humans bred them that way, mainly to fight. Humans are good at abusing things, and then when the pets don’t act in the way they like then it’s easy to put them down. I have a fear of dogs but I only have that fear if I’m terrified of the owner. Dogs are dogs, they are animals, humans are meant to be the smartest species on the planet, clearly not smart enough to not need pets though.

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  7. If only it were all about the training. It is not. Genetics play a huge, huge role. The owner’s role is to train, yes. But also to contain. To take the danger seriously and never, never take risks with kids, the elderly, or other animals. Over 32,000 other animals were killed or mauled by pits in 2016. Over 1000 people were permanently disabled. About 30 were killed.

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    • See, that is my concern. If those numbers are accurate then there is more of a danger than even I realized. The other day when the pit charged my pup and I, I was left with no other option than to stand and defend myself. If he had been aggressive he could have easily destroyed us both.

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  8. In one aspect I agree with Jacqueline; “it all boils down to training.” But training is a 2-edged sword; not only must both the animal and the master must be trained, but the master must own responsibility for the animal. My hackles rise when I see animals abused, neglected and mishandled. Too often damage of that sort can not be undone without considerable risk, especially with dogs that are naturally aggressive and too strong to control. Even so, particular circumstances notwithstanding, I’ve seen too many AmStaffs, Dobermans, Rottweilers and German Shepherds rescued and rehabilitated to dislike the breeds in general.

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  9. I would never own one. My brother owns one and he is trained but there is something inherently aggressive about that breed. We ask him not to bring the dog when he comes over but he never listens. My kids love their uncle’s dog and he loves them, but I’m uncomfortable with The dog.
    On the other hand, I love Rottweilers,

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