One of the most feared and misunderstood dogs are the pit bulls. Most people see them as scary guard dogs, but some see them as adorable and cuddly. So, which group is right and why?
While most people think pit bull is a single breed, it is actually a family of breeds that include the American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire terrier, and the American bully.
There is a lot of social stigma and stereotypes that describe pit bull and pit bull-like dogs as aggressive, but that’s a wrong perception. One of the problems is that the media contributes to these misconceptions by covering the worst stories about pit bulls, like a dog attacking a person. The headlines always include the breed, but that’s something that doesn’t happen with other breeds. There are millions of bites that happen yearly, but the majority of the cases covered involve pit bulls. Some groups contribute to this fear-mongering by propagating false stories.
The fact is that people are not more dangerous than other breeds. A dog’s behavior is impacted by genetics, environment, socialization, and many other factors. This is why it isn’t fair to generalize about a breed as a whole.
It is important to train a pitbull (or any other dog) correctly if you want them to behave. A good way to teach dogs is by using positive reinforcement training. Reward them when they do something correctly. Adjust a dog’s environment appropriately to ensure that they can develop in the right way.
A dog’s behavior is dependent on how you raise them, so all the misconceptions that say pit bulls are bad and dangerous are false.