Monday, October 11, 2010

When to put a pit down

I received this email today. What would your advice be?

I have a neutered male pit who will be three in January, we live on five acres not all of it is fenced but he sticks around, we are not close to the street. I have watched him kill a squirrel when it ran in front of us on our walk, he killed a mother raccoon who was near our back door and now just this Friday he killed my neighbors cat that was in our yard. My brother who loves animals said I should put him down. He minds good and we were able to call him off the raccoon but when it didn't run away and we had nothing to kill it he did the job. I was unable to call him off the cat. I have a neighbor who owns 7 pits, he used to work at the Humane Society but quit because he kept bringing the dogs home. He came over and tested my dog like they would at the Humane Society and my pit didn't pass...my pit was ok with food issues and toys but does not like being held down. I am working on that now, I will flip him over and hold him down at least once a day. He shakes and his eyes get real big but after a bit he calms down. I bought a shock collar on my neighbors advice, to use if I see him going after squirrels or other small things.


Additional information:

Dog growled, for unknown reason, at 2-year-old child living in the home about a week ago. An adult was in the room with the child, who usually "rides" the dog like a horse with no problems, but was not looking at them when the dog growled. When he heard the growl he turned in time to see the child backing away from the dog, then he stepped in and led the dog away from the child. There were no snaps or bites. This was the first time that the dog had growled at the child.

7 comments:

  1. If your dog is outside and a prey animal comes in the yard, he is just doing what is natural. If you don't want him to have that freedom (to protect his property) or don't want to fence him a yard, then leash him. He is just doing what he thinks is right (your neighbor is to blame for their cat, if it was not your dog, it would have just been something else).

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  2. her dog was doing his job, does not sound like he was well socialized as a pup.just needs more training,so does the owner.

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  3. The dog is acting like a dog. The owner needs more training so that the pit can get better training.

    Too much is being expected from this dog.

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  4. The neighbor who "used to work at the Humane Societybut quit" probably wants to add your dog to his stash. Know-it-all animal hoarders usually know NOTHING. Did this person recommend the shock collar? No. Don't do it. Keep the dogs away from CHILDREN WHO RIDE HIM LIKE A HORSE. Patient soul had had enough of such nonsense. You were able to call him OFF a small prey object? That's pretty amazing, as pits go, as TERRIERS go.

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  5. It should be put down. If a pit ever shows aggression against a member of it's household it is too late for the dog. Not saying it is the dog's fault because we all no there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. That being said, the dog is too dangerous to remain in a house with a small child.

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  6. The dog is acting like a dog. The owner needs more training so that the pit can get better training.

    Too much is being expected from this dog.

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  7. The neighbor who "used to work at the Humane Societybut quit" probably wants to add your dog to his stash. Know-it-all animal hoarders usually know NOTHING. Did this person recommend the shock collar? No. Don't do it. Keep the dogs away from CHILDREN WHO RIDE HIM LIKE A HORSE. Patient soul had had enough of such nonsense. You were able to call him OFF a small prey object? That's pretty amazing, as pits go, as TERRIERS go.

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