Q: Lab/Pit Bull mix - Ignorant about pit bulls

October 5, 2008 | By Christina T. | 27 answers | Expired: 2229 days ago

Christina T.

I recently adopted a lab mix from the Humane Society. When I brought him home I realized just how much Pit bull he really had. My guess is he's 50/50. Do you think this dog is trainable. I'm ignorant about pit bulls and frankly I'm a little worried about my other 3 dogs. Right now he is outside and the other are in the house, but I'd like to let them play together. He's about 2 years old and no one has any idea of what he's been through.

Right now he is terrified of collars, leashes, leads, ect. But he loves to play with his toys and when we walk around the yard, he stays right by my side.

Readers' Answers (27)
Sheryl B.

Oct 05, 2008

A pitbull is no different than any other breed. They are all trainable. I own a pit mix myself and I can tell you that she is the best behaved out of the 5 dogs.
Pits are loyal dogs and are wonderful companions. Don't be put off by the fact that the dog is a pit. They have gotten a bad rap over the last few years and many of the "pit" attacks that have been publicized are not even pit bulls. Treat ths dog like you would any new dog in the house. Superivision with the other dogs is important until they all ajust to each other.

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Oct 05, 2008

Of course he is trainable! My pup is 50% pit and she is a WONDERFUL dog and everyone just loves her. I take her to work with me, she walks without a lead. She's just wonderful. As for your pup, the fear of the lead and collar is probably because he was abused before and they probably used the collar and leash to hold him down while they did it.

Just be patient with him, start with just the collar and make sure to give him lots of love and even treats while it's on, put it on and then play a bunch with him, same thing with the leash and just go slow when you are putting it on, sit on the ground and give him lots of praise, let him come to you. You will just need to take it slow and be very patient with him, but dont let the mainstream media warp your ideas on pit bulls - ANY dog that is abused is going to react in the same manner, unfortunetly pit bulls are just more common to be mistreated.

I wish you the best of luck and hope that everything works out!

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Chrissie P.

Oct 06, 2008

Pit Bulls are one of the easiest breeds to train, contrary to many stories that go around. They are so eager please and will do it over and over and over again. Because of this, they pick-up new skills faster than any breed I've ever dealt with. My suggestion would be to make sure that you introduce your other three dogs to him as soon as possible and then call a trainer to help you work through some of the leash/collar issues that he has shown along with the other training. If you are uncomfortable introducing your dogs to your new addition by yourself, see if you can find a trainer prior to that and they will be happy to help you.

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