Many of you know pit bulls have a bad reputation. As these dogs still suffer from this misperception, I decided to set the record straight.
Where did it all go wrong?
Not so long ago pit bulls weren’t considered to be a dangerous breed, but rather America’s sweetheart. That quickly changed after dog fighting became popular during the 1980’s. Added to that, drugdealers and gangs started to use pit bulls as their guard dogs. Obviously, this didn’t help their reputation. The number of pit bull attacks increased, due to poor breeding and lack of training. Eventually, this has led to a cycle that is hard to break.
Impact of the dog owner
It’s always up to a dog owner to make sure a dog performs to it’s best ability. But when a dog owner slacks his or hers responsibility towards their dog, it can backfire. Pit bulls are dogs that need training and consistency. If you raise and train them the right way, you get a loving and affectionate dog. But unfortunately, pit bulls are often the subject of mistreatment. To prepare them for dog fighting, the puppies are grabbed by the scruff of their neck to roughly face them up with other puppies. And to stir up agression, their owners teach them to bark, growl, protect and attack. Most of those owners also keep them chained at all times and won’t neuter them, in order to stimulate their agression even more.
Impact of the media
On the contrary to what you might think, the media is not your best friend. It can negatively impact your perception. Sadly, all the media cares about is selling stories. In other words: money. There are many stories known of biting incidents in which the media always blames pit bulls. But instead of a pit bull being the one to attack, it often appeared to be a different dog. And just to clarify, most dog bites have been caused by small and medium sized dogs.
If you’re still hesitant towards pit bulls, just watch this video!
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