Bringing home a staff terrier/pit bull

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Bringing home a staff terrier/pit bull
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:56pm
We will pick her up this evening! I’m very excited! She's about 9mos old and we are getting her from our local shelter.

Not looking forward to the social issues surrounding her breed though. I told a coworker we were getting her and the 1st thing he told me was “Did I tell you my wife got bitten by the neighbor’s pit bull a year or 2 ago?” Well, everything I read (it’s been interesting researching the Staffordshire bull terrier vs. American staff…it’s all a bit convoluted) says they are very affectionate and crave human attention…I think the problem ones just don’t get enough (or get out enough!)! I got good vibes from her, so we will just watch for any aggression and socialize her well. I just hope people aren’t afraid of us…lol, how could they be with my 3 little kids and I walking with her???

Taking her in Saturday for a checkup with the vet my sis works for (I will be LOVING the discounts, she gets good ones for up to 4 pets!)

Thanks for any support!

Hugs, Caryn and my pet-loving family, Nia-7, Olivia-3, Afram-15mos

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 7:15pm
Hi Caryn,

Congrats on getting the new dog!

So many of the problems with the Am Staff breed are simply from bad breeding and poor training and socialization. The great majority of AmStaffs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers (the ones which don't make the news) are loyal, courageous, and fun-loving companions, good with considerate children, guardians of home, and affectionate to family relatives and friends.

Please be aware that training is an absolute, no-excuse requirement for this breed. Like most other terriers, the AmStaff can be stubborn and independent, plus the AmStaff has been bred to have guardian instincts. You want your dog to be a "good will ambassador" for the breed, and not reinforce the public's misconceptions.

Good manners commands such as sit, stay, down, and come are essential for good control. Tug-of-war games are strongly discouraged with this breed, as they tend to make the dog use his mouth to get his way.

Every AmStaff I've had the pleasure of knowing has been a loving couch potato of a family pet, I'm sure yours will be no different!

Best of luck!


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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 9:50pm
Hi, Caryn, and *WELCOME* to the Dogs board!!! As usual, Patti has pretty much covered all the bases in her post! (She is soooo appreciated!) Bless you for adopting a shelter dog ~ I wish there were more people like you so that more pets would find loving homes! I do hope that you will continue to join us here!!

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:45am
Welcome to the Dogs Board Caryn...and bless you for adopting this deserving furchild. Patti has covered the fact that you will "definitely" need to have some obedience training done for your new girl and, as for the social issues, if you love her...what do you care what others think?

This weekend I assisted at an off-site adoption for a GSD rescue...we were at Petsmart and there was a photographer working inside taking doggie photos. One dog that was waiting was a young, brindle I walked by he jumped on me and right away the owners pulled him away and apologized saying "Oh, he doesn't bite". I asked if I could pet him and they looked surprised but said "Sure". He got so excited and I just hugged and petted him. Most of the Amstafs I've encountered at my local shelter, where I also volunteer, are looking for the same love and affection that "any" dog wants.

All the best and I'm looking forward to hearing many "new doggie" stories from you.



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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 3:31pm
Thank you all for your replies!

I am going to do training through the SPCA.

She was still a bit groggy last night from the spaying, so she was easy and we just stayed right around the house.

She's eating and more perky today. I just talked to dh and he just took her for a walk to the park. She is a leash puller and a leash chewer. Plus we did not know how she was around other dogs..he said she saw one and growled. So we have some socialization with other dogs to do. As far as people are concerned, she's quite a lover.


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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:30pm
Congratulations on your new family addition! I have a 3-year old Pit Bull named Sarge, and he is the light of my life. It is unfortunate that people have allowed the breed's good nature to become sometimes aggressive when cared for in the wrong way. My parents breed pit bulls, and have never had a problem with human-aggression. My dog is wonderful with people, and although has never had a run-in with another dog. He also took to the alley-cat that we adopted about a year ago straight-away....and he had never seen a cat before. Enjoy your Pit Bull, they are (in my opinion) the most versatile of all breeds in terms of intelligence, strength, character, etc...the best advice I can give is to socialize your puppy very well, and to be steadfast in training (sometimes they can be stubborn). Make your expectations clear, and give lots of love and praise! Congrats again!

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 3:57pm
Pits are wonderful dogs - when I worked for a vet (for 12 yrs) we very, very rarely had any trouble with Pits - it was the Chows, Akitas, Cockers and Sharpeis that made us cringe in fear when they walked in the door. Pits are fun loving and very good dogs for families and children. If you go around feeding your dog gun powder (yes, its done) and training it to attack, that's what it will do. It will try to please its owner, first and foremost. And if attacking something pleases you, then so be it. They have an awful lot of energy and need a lot of exercise, but you couldn't find a better family dog and play companion for your kids and other dogs. Remember - if they are bred for fighting tendencies, and then trained to fight on top of it, you'll obviously have a very aggressive dog. No one I've ever known has had problems with their Pits. And that's the truth. . .


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:33am
Hi! Im new to this board but I noticed your post

and I just wanted to tell you that its gret you

adopted a pit bull!! I raise pit bulls and they

are truly great dogs! I have never had any of my 6

dogs bite anyone! Im not saying that they are not

aggrssive becasue they are, but that is just their

nature, (arrgessive meaning they play rougher).

One of the reasons I love my dogs so much is because

of their protective nature. I am 17 and am usually

around boys who are older then my age, and when I

have one one dogs with me and they can tell that someone

is hurting my feelings(they can tll this realy easily)

my dog will go on alert andIt makes me feel great that

I have them there to stand up for me! Congrats on your dog!!!

Lots of Love!!