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Dogster Crushes > mint cream ....i think i'm single..or i should be.

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Barked: Thu May 31, '12 1:48am PST 
i haven't heart anything from my mintie in months and monthscry
i think he has left dogster and i must think of moving on.....
i'm not doing to well...
i'm 13 and my body will leave me soon.
what should i do?
pawmail him to bark i'm gone,not waiting any longer?
or should i just stay single...shrug
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Choosing the Right Dog > pitbulls are not bad dogs

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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 12:21pm PST 
What Can You Expect
From a Pit Bull?

One of the most amazing things about this breed is their ability to adapt to almost any situation. They serve in a wide variety of professional fields as well as making outstanding companions.

Their attitude, courage, and never say die approach to life makes them exceptional dogs for such fields as search and rescue, therapy dogs, guide dogs, and police and military drug and bomb sniffers.

So what can you expect from an American Pit Bull Terrier? Let's take a look below.

Common Traits and things to expect from the breed are:

High levels of exercise EVERY DAY

A wonderful family dog

A very "people loving" dog

A dog that can be destructive to furniture or other objects if left alone

An easy to train dog that can make a wonderful partner in agility, jogging, or other activities

May not get along with other dogs, especially of the same sex

A dog that you cannot leave unattended with other dogs, no matter how well they get along

A pet that you may be unable to take to off-leash dog parks

A poor guard dog; it is not a breed trait to be defensive of car, home, etc.

A social dog; most pit bulls greet strangers like long lost friends

A healthy dog that is not especially prone to many genetic diseases

A 12 + year commitment

A dog that you may be unable to travel with due to breed specific restrictions

Criticism from friends/family members that are misinformed about the breed

A dog that requires high quality food to maintain health

Vet bills for regular check ups, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and flea and other parasite treatments

A dog that is safe with people. Human aggression, severe shyness, and instability are not traits typically found in Pit bulls.

As a whole the breed is one of the most stable and safe dogs around today. Far to many news stories are blown out of proportion (go figure huh?) to sell newspapers and get people to tune into the 6 o'clock news.

While we do understand that yes, some of these dogs do indeed bite and attack people. They are not representatives of an entire breed of canine. In other words, while 20 dogs out of 5,000 will bite, that doesn't mean the other 4,980 will.
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Choosing the Right Dog > pitbulls are not bad dogs


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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 12:19pm PST 
They have locking jaws!
Bullets bounce right off them!
And other Bunk about Pit Bulls...

MYTH: All Pit Bulls are mean and vicious.

It is reported on temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society that Pit Bulls had a passing rate of 82% or better -- compared to only 77% of the general dog population.

These temperament tests consist of putting a dog through a series of unexpected situations, some involving strangers.

Any signs of unprovoked aggression or panic in these situations result in failure of the test.
The achievement of Pit Bulls in this study disproves that they are inherently aggressive to people.

MYTH: A Pit Bull that shows aggression towards an animal will go for people next.

"Many working breeds have antipathy towards other animals - coonhounds go mad at the sight of a raccoon, foxhounds will not hesitate to tear a dog-like fox to shreds, greyhounds live to chase and maul rabbits and even dog-like coyotes. Even the ever-friendly beagle will slaughter a rabbit, given the chance.

And yet the greyhound, coon and foxhound and beagle are among the friendliest of breeds towards humans.
And it is the same with the pit bulldog.
His work through the years has been control of other animals - never humans.
A correct pit bull is more often than not submissive toward all humans, and adores children.

A pit bull that snarls, lunges or growls at non-threatening humans is NOT typical of the breed."

Pit bulls that do show aggressive behavior towards humans are not typical of the breed and should be humanely euthanized.

MYTH: If a Pit Bull was never trained to fight, it will be safe with other dogs.

Pit Bulls can live peacefully with other dogs and animals.
However, the Pit Bull has historically been bred to take down large animals. Early and continual socialization can help a Pit Bull be more animal friendly. Genetics, however, play an important role in how the dog will respond to other dogs and animals.

A Pit Bull that will fight another dog if unattended is a normal Pit Bull.
Even if a Pit Bull does not start the fight, it has the potential to seriously injure or kill a dog once in the fight.

The Pit Bull has been bred to not back down and withstand pain until the goal is met.
This quality does not carry true in all Pit Bulls, but it is safe to assume it is a potential in any Pit Bull in order to avoid unnecessary problems.

Pit Bulls have a late maturity, and a Pit Bull that was dog friendly at 7 months old may suddenly show signs of intolerance of unfamiliar dogs around two years old.
Spaying and neutering the dog may help to prevent "turning on" the genetic urge to fight another dog.

All dog fights are preventable, however.
Socialize a Pit Bull slowly with new dogs, and never let them play unattended. Remove items such as toys and food bowls to avoid stress.

Pit Bulls can live happily with other pets; if not left unattended.
Even the "best of friends" can fight, and the outcome may be tragic.
This can be true for dogs that have been together for years.
Often, after the first serious fight, relations between the dogs are never the same.

Keeping that first fight from happening is a great way to ensure peaceful relations for the long run.
If there is a multiple-dog household, it is important to separate the dogs when there is no one home.

Many people use crates for short times, put dogs into separate rooms, use kennels, or have outdoor areas set up for separation that are safe and secure. Pit Bulls can get along wonderfully with animals like cats, rabbits, and ferrets, but for safety's sake, never leave them alone together.

MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers have 1600 P.S.I. in jaw pressure

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, "To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs.

There are, moreover, compelling technical reasons why such data describing biting power in terms of "pounds per square inch" can never be collected in a meaningful way.
All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to either unfounded rumor or, in some cases, to newspaper articles with no foundation in factual data."

MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers lock their jaws.

Dr. Brisbin: "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog.

There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

MYTH: Treadmills are only used to get dogs ready to fight.

Many responsible owners utilize treadmills to help exercise their dogs.
This is useful in places where weather prevents outdoor exercise, or in situations where off-leash exercise in not an option.

The treadmill is used by people that show their Pit Bulls, and do sporting activities like weight pull and agility to help keep their dogs in shape. Because Pit Bulls are athletic animals, responsibly using a treadmill can help them be healthier and happier.

MYTH: Pit Bulls brains swell/never stop growing.

This rumor started with the Doberman, and has since been said about game-bred dogs in general.
The concept of an animal's brain swelling or growing too large and somehow causing the animal to "go crazy" is not based in truth in any way.

Their brains grow at the same rate as any other dog, and the only time that a Pit Bull's brain is going to swell is if it receives a serious injury.
If an animal's brain were to grow too big for its head, the animal would die.

MYTH: It is unsafe to get a Pit Bull from a rescue or shelter because their past/genetics are unknown.

Under the best of circumstances, it is great to know the history of a dog, the history and health of its parents, and what that line of dogs were bred for.

If a person is buying a Pit Bull from a breeder, this information should be of top importance.
However, in most shelter/rescue cases this information is not available.
The Pit Bull at the shelter will often be a wonderful pet.
It is important to know the general behavior of the dog.

Has it shown any aggression towards humans?
Most Pit Bull rescues will not accept or adopt out Pit Bulls with any level of aggression or excessive shyness towards humans.
How does this dog do with other dogs?
Has it shown any undesirable behavior or habits?

It is suggested that a potential adopter of a Pit Bull bring the whole family to meet the dog.
Often, shelters and rescues will allow you to take the dog for a home visit to see how they respond to the new surroundings.
Most adoptions of a Pit Bull are amazing successes, and the adopter is not only receiving a pet, but they are also saving a life!

MYTH: It is best to get a puppy so that you can make it behave how you want it to.

Many people feel if they get a Pit Bull as a puppy they can train it to not be aggressive towards other dogs and increase the likelihood that the dog will have no undesirable behavior qualities.

Puppies can be a lot of fun and very rewarding, but with a new puppy there is no way of knowing how that dog will act as an adult.

One benefit of adopting a young adult or full grown Pit Bull is the ability to avoid the uncomfortable puppy behavior stage.
This includes constant destructive chewing, house breaking, excessive and uncontrollable energy, teething and puppy biting, possible whining, howling, and barking for attention at night, and the time and effort it takes to begin teaching general manners and obedience.

Another benefit is that an adopter can know how an adult Pit Bull will do with other dogs, cats, children, car rides, and other certain situations.
Bringing a puppy up in the most loving and social environment can only alter its predetermined genetic urges so much.

In other words, having a dog since puppyhood does not necessarily mean it will have all of the qualities desired in a pet.
It may end up having some traits that are undesirable.
An adult Pit Bull, however, will have more of an established personality, and an adopter can know what to expect with the dog.
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Choosing the Right Dog > pitbulls are not bad dogs


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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 11:58am PST 
Ten Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know

1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.

2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs.
Kris and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their efforts.

3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer) has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history.
Read more about Popsicle here.
Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/popsicle. html

4. Pit Bulls are great with kids.
They weren't referred to as the "nanny's dog" for nothing that's for sure.

5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive.
The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive.
In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs.
Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.

6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900's they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well.
They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period.

7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero.
Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.

8. Pete the Pup on the orginal Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.

9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society.
That's better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%).

10. They are dogs not killing machines.

they got the agressive reputation from the media,dogfighting and criminal use.
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American Pit Bull Terrier > When someone asks what kind of dog you have


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Barked: Sat Feb 25, '12 5:12am PST 
i will say with a loud proud voice,she is a mix...
she is part pitbull/half bull terrier..
but way back than when i got her,pit's were still illegal in the netherlands.
so our vet said we should just say she was a mix.
but it didn't matter any way.
people would judge shayra on her looks.
and i can write a book about the insults i have indured in her lifetime...
but i also must say that i also smacked some in the face for it...
one woman once said you should put such a dog down...
i did not even know her,she was riding a bike past me and my dogs...and than came back 15 minutes after passing us by,just to say that to me.
i got so angry,because shayra is the most loving one there is...i could not help myself and i smacked that woman right of her bike.
that will teach you!
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Get Well Soon > Need advice/suggestions...

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Barked: Tue Nov 15, '11 2:31am PST 
well you can try special shampoo's that you can buy at a pet store...
i used tea tree shampoo with my pit,she always had skin issues....
and wait what the vet comes up with
my shayra was allergic to many things,so beware with what you use incase angel is allergic to things
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Other Barks & Woofs > If your dog was a cliche kid in highschool...


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Barked: Thu Aug 11, '11 3:53am PST 
the popular girl that is into sport and good in everything...
many friends and very outgoing.....
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Dog Health > The pads of my babys paws...


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Barked: Tue Jul 26, '11 11:52am PST 
shayra started having pad issues about the same age.
it got so bad at times her pads would bleed.
i gave her disinfective paw baths...
and used calendulan homepatic ointment on her pads.
but it is a issue she still has now and she's 12 years old now.
i guess it is in the bully breed.shrug
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Mean People SUCK


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Barked: Sat Jul 16, '11 1:47am PST 
big laughbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laugh
me can't even bark how many times that happened to mommy.
a woman even helt a doberman way hight above her headbig laughbig laughbig laughbig laugh
can you believe it..a dobermanshrug
shuks,the beast was way bigger than me and i was not interested in biting him,we wanted to play,that's all.shrug
mom always gets comments fom people walking me on the street...
we are yelled at at some times...
when i was a young dog,mom always would get mad,but me is 12 now and now mom jus sighs and let those people be.
unless they harm me,and yes,that odes happen.
me has been kicked,punched and hit by people at many occasions.
and it would not be the first time mom has hit people back to defend my honor.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Mean People SUCK

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Barked: Fri Jul 15, '11 6:40am PST 
they are every where...mean people.
mom was at the vet because i needed an operation.
while falling a sleep mommy and dady took me to the waiting room space(because it was appointmend day only,so there was only one woman there)
she looked at mom ,dad and me and she said...
"you made a good choice!"
"breeds like that should be put to sleep"
at that moment we wre called to the vet,while in the room dad went nuts and he confronted the woman.
when our vet heard from us(and her) what she said..
she was removed out the vet's office.
the vet stated that he did not want to have owners that discriminate any breeds
way to go vet!way to go
o and yes me is a pit crossbreedlaugh out loud
and pawroudddddddddddd of it!hug
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