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Old 09-04-2013, 08:56 PM
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I want another dog so bad it hurts. That is all.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:03 PM
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I haz Pittie want. Whyyy? What do I think a whole bully family would be awesome? The stubbornness and lack of biddability would kill me.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:07 PM
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I haz Pittie want. Whyyy? What do I think a whole bully family would be awesome? The stubbornness and lack of biddability would kill me.
How many pit bulls have you trained? They're notorious people pleasers, their drive can be conceived as stubbornness but they're extremely easy to train and manage with the exception of managing prey drive and dog aggression.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:32 PM
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How many pit bulls have you trained? They're notorious people pleasers, their drive can be conceived as stubbornness but they're extremely easy to train and manage with the exception of managing prey drive and dog aggression.
What Adrianne says. They're really, really easy. I have Staffords of course, not exactly the same, but really similar. This is my first competition dog, also the first dog I owned as an adult:



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I adopted him as a rehome/rescue at just under 4 years old, with the thought of doing a little obedience. (He came with basically no training; he knew sit, and had a vague idea what down was.) As you can see, my plans expanded. After his Novice title in obedience, I did all the obedience training myself, no classes. (someone told me I couldn't possibly train my Novice A dog in Utility by myself. I really have to stop letting random people influence my behavior.)
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:38 PM
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Lucy's leash clip broke while I was getting her out of the car to get ice cream. My heart just about stopped because for about 30 seconds she was more interested in sniffing something than me and there was a busy road nearby. But, she finished her sniffing and came right over when I called her so crisis averted.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:41 PM
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Pits and pit mixes are the most common dog in my training class and I definitely wouldn't classify them as stubborn. I would agree with Adrienne. They really are the sweetest little things. If I were willing to have fewer dogs or in a situation where crate + rotate wouldn't be so frustrating, I would definitely have one. I love them.

And I think they might possibly be the cutest puppies.
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Pits and pit mixes are the most common dog in my training class and I definitely wouldn't classify them as stubborn. I would agree with Adrienne. They really are the sweetest little things. If I were willing to have fewer dogs or in a situation where crate + rotate wouldn't be so frustrating, I would definitely have one. I love them.

And I think they might possibly be the cutest puppies.
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How many pit bulls have you trained? They're notorious people pleasers, their drive can be conceived as stubbornness but they're extremely easy to train and manage with the exception of managing prey drive and dog aggression.
Why do I never see them in training classes, trials, etc? They are very popular 'out and about', definitely one of the most commonly owned dogs, but I never see them in training. It makes me kind of sad.
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Why do I never see them in training classes, trials, etc? They are very popular 'out and about', definitely one of the most commonly owned dogs, but I never see them in training. It makes me kind of sad.
Well, I'll tell you the reason I always see them in my classes - the local humane society has a policy for "special adoptions" that you MUST take a training class. And any dog under 1 year old is a "special adoption." About half the dogs at our humane society right now are pit mix puppies. So about half the dogs, assuming they get adopted, will be required to be enrolled in and complete a training class.

The options in town are PetSmart or two privately owned training place, one being us and the second being a woman who doesn't have her own building, so we get quite a lot of them.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:22 PM
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Why do I never see them in training classes, trials, etc? They are very popular 'out and about', definitely one of the most commonly owned dogs, but I never see them in training. It makes me kind of sad.
I do get a lot of pit bulls in my basic classes.

However, for sports, some of it is the bias, some of it is the concern for dog issues.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:35 PM
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I can be a stickler when it comes to manners, and one of the things that I give myself an A+ in is that Juno does not jump on people, period. And yet today when I got home from work, Juno was OMG SO HAPPY to see me and wriggling all over the place, and I ignored her for a little bit while I got my stuff put away... she decided the wait was killing her and that I could ignore her no longer, so she jumped up on me. Nothing obnoxious. It was the most gentle jump ever. As much as I hate dogs jumping up.... This put the biggest smile on my face. And I made sure to tell her she was the awesomest dog ever.
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