By Kathy L
I wouldn't risk it. The staff clearly thinks it is a bad idea for you to take this particular dog into your home since you have other pets and children - and after a year they know him well. You need to put your kids first. It may be that he's a sweet dog most the time, but he'd probably do best (and be happier) in a quieter home. If your kids are anything like mine, they get loud and rambunctious - then of course my dogs get wound up, and if this guy plays tough, you're asking for trouble...
If you feel really strongly about this particular dog, I would hire a trainer to come check the dog over with you and get their expert opinion. Then plan to spend a lot on training.
Personally, I've had the best luck adopting dogs through a rescue agency that fosters the dogs in a home environment. It's far less traumatic for the dog and you know exactly what you're getting - which is really important when you have kids. I would really recommend you go that route!
I would like to add a couple more comments. Another thing you will need to take into consideration is your homeowners insurance because insurance companies who give coverage for people who have pit bull type breeds are required to have higher coverage because of liability statistics. If you rent I highly suggest you ask permission of your landlord.
Also, some pit bulls have 'king of the hill' personalities and do not take kindly to other animals at all whether it's a cat, bunny, another dog, etc.
Here's a link from Pit Bull Rescue Central that specializes in edcuation about pit bulls. It has several sublinks for information other than the one I chose here regarding multiple dog education:
I still stick by my original comment because it worries me that this 18 month old (already about 20 years old in people years) pooch has not been socialized.
No dog should be allowed to bite on children, especially not one as strong as a pit bull! That is a recipe for disaster. He may only be playing but a pit is big and strong, and they don't let go. It would only take him getting excited and grabbing hold of a hand, ear, or face to do some serious harm to your children. You don't want him to associate play time with biting or pulling on people. That's not good manners for any dog.
I understand where you're coming from and I'd feel sorry for the pup too, but in your situation I would be reluctant to bring this dog into my home. If you do decide to take him in however make sure he has some proper training with people who know how to handle the breed. Even if he is a mix he will need some special training, for the dog and also for you to know how to handle him.
I disagree with Muttmom. Do not ever let your kids be 'pull-toys' for a biting dog. If you are willing to take the dog to a trainer and pay to have training, that's one thing. I wouldn't adopt a puppy who bites if I had kids. And pitbulls have a specific bite: "A pit bull's jaw may not physically lock, but due to selective breeding for a specific bite style -- to hold on and to shake indefinitely." That means that pit bulls don't let go. There are a lot of dog-lovers out there who will say that pit bulls are wonderful, but pit bulls can be very dangerous, especially if their owners don't know what they're doing.
From 2005 to 2011, pit bulls killed 128 Americans, about one citizen every 20 days. Of these attacks, 51% (65) involved a family member and a household pit bull. Four In the first eight months of 2011, an nearly half of those killed by a pit bull was its owner.
For more information, check out www.dogsbite.org and http://www.rescueeverydog.org/pitbull_breed.html, which tells you what the ideal owner of a pit bull would be like.
I hope you do not take this dog. I agree with the 2nd opinion. It is just not worth It! I do know that when a pit bull (mix) bites, they are not just being "mouthy" they hang on, and nothing will get them to let go. They can make good pets, according to some, but I would think it a constant source of worry.
With all of the breeds available that need to be adopted, I encourage you to help a different dog, that needs you just as much! I always wonder why, if pit bulls are such good dogs (as many are prone to saying), are there so many more of them in shelters, compared to other breeds? Think about it.
Get him out of jail. No doubt he will be overly excited and may be mouthy but with correction and understanding he will calm down. He is being expressive as i understand. There is no nasty. If he were aggressive, the shelter would have put him down immediately. He still has a puppy thing as he has not been in a family setting. Something I might try would be bitter apple sprayed on your arm shirt sleeve shoes, whatever. Make yourself not tasty. Cayenne pepper, hot sauce.
If your kids are willing, and the dog is in this playful mood of using you and the kids as a pull toy, supervise and let him get rid of some energy. He will need lots and lots of exercise. He has been locked in jail and is ecstatic to be out and have people company. Exercise, exercise, exercise at first until he is so tired he can calm down. Caesar's secret is exactly that. He will make a wonderful family pet. Pits seem to be basic mush-mellows. I cheer you on. You are doing a good thing.
At 18 months old with this behavior and pretty much alienated without enough affection and socializing in a shelter for a year I personally wouldn't risk taking him especially in knowing I have two children and two beloved non-agresssive pets. Most likely there is no way this poor animal will ever safely be able to be part of a normal family. I know it's sad but there are just some circumstances where it's best to walk away.
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