This article is from the Pit Bull Rescue Central's website. This information pertains to all bully breeds, not just pit bulls. American Bulldogs can be dog aggressive just like pit bulls. I thought this was a great article, short, to the point yet gets the information accross.
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Original article: http://www.pbrc.net/dogpark.html
PIT BULLS AND DOG PARKS
Some people bring their pit bulls to off-leash dog parks because they want to show the world how wonderful their dog is and dispel the rumors and negative media hype. They trust their dogs because they haven't (yet) shown an ounce of aggression towards anything. This is irresponsible and here's why...
It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage. It doesn't matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. This type of animal aggression is completely separate from human-aggression; a well-socialized pit bull is very good-natured with people. Yet, chances are that a "normal" pit bull will not share his affection with other animals. We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can't love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start a fight, but they will finish it.
It is common to see one dog running out ahead of a pack. This game of chase can easily escalate. Sometimes small scuffles erupt over a toy or tug-o-war, or several dogs gang up one dog, or a wrestling match gets out of hand. This kind of action will be hard for a pit bull to ignore and walk away from.
If your pit bull is involved in a fight at a dog park, it gives purpose to breed-specific legislation and affects the rights of others to own these amazing dogs. Don't set your dog up to fail.
Responsible pit bull owners:
* Research and understand the breed
* Don't put other people's pets at risk
* Keep their dog leashed at all times in public places
* Clean up after their dogs (yes, that means pick up the dog's poop!)
* Vaccinate and license their dogs
* Spay and neuter their dogs
* Train their dogs
Other activities you can enjoy with your pit bull:
* Play fetch in an enclosed tennis court or baseball field
* Ride a bike and have your pit bull jog along
* Walk, jog or hike with your pit bull. Don't forget her bandana!
* Take an obedience class together
Respect your dog and the dogs of others...don't learn the hard way
what your pit bull is capable of.
Download our informational flyer in PDF to print and distribute: http://www.pbrc.net/misc/dogpark.pdf