Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Socializing, Obedience
Bozeman, Montana, United States
Posted October 1, 2016
The word "pitbull" is, let's just say, loaded. More often than not, these dogs inspire fear, hatred, and pity. But after spending two years volunteering with rescued pit bulls and pit bull mixes, I can safely say that these dogs are much more than their reputation.
Pit bulls are extremely impressionable puppies, which means they can be either the perfect dog or the perfect nightmare. These large dogs are full of energy, and they require a lot of exercise and positive stimulation (and I mean a lot). Although few dogs I've worked with have shown aggressive tendencies without intentional human training, pent up energy can result in destructive and inappropriate behavior if positive outlets aren't available. When the physical needs of this highly social dog are met, however, they are incredibly loving, protective, trainable, and good with children.
To summarize, a home with too little space, aggressive human interaction, or lack of socialization can easily result in disaster. However, at heart pitbulls are one of the most loving and lovable breeds and simply require positive human influence to thrive.