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5 Tips On Improving Your Pit
Pit Bulls attract attention
wherever they go, and most of the responses they get are not on the
positive side. You have a dog that often times undergoes so much
discrimination and misconception because of his strength and the origin
of his breed. You have a special responsibility as his owner and leader
to make sure that your Pit Bull is an example of why this breed can be
wonderful pets. Below are some tips for you to help you gain a more
positive image for your Pit Bull.
1. Teach your dog good manners for his sake as well as the sake of his
breedís reputation. To formally recognize his outstanding manner, the
AKC offers the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. Use this
certificate to convince your landlord, your friends and neighbors, or
insurance agents that your dog is well behaved and a model canine
citizen. Your dog does not have to be a purebred or an AKC-registered
do in order to enroll. The test evaluates several behaviors such as his
ability to accept strangers, remain calm and friendly, sit politely,
and walk politely on a loose leash.
2. Have your dog pass an official temperament test. This ten part
series of testing is being offered by the American Temperament Test
Association. The test evaluates all aspects of a dogís temperament
including his friendliness, shyness, aggressiveness, and stability.
Dogs who pass this test earn the Temperament Tested (TT) title after
their names. The association keeps records of how many dogs in each
breed pass or fail. Based on their record, Pit Bulls score among the
best of breeds, a fact that is very helpful to the breedís reputation.
3. You have a very strong, tough, intelligent, courageous,
enthusiastic, agile, and obedient dog. These qualifications are exactly
what the American Rescue Dog Association is looking for to become one
of their Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs. See if your dog is up for the
4. Many people are surprised to learn that there are a lot of Pit Bulls
out there that act as therapy dogs. These dogs bring entertainment,
companionship, affection, and unconditional love to people in nursing
homes, mental health facilities, hospitals, and prisons. Therapy Dogs
are very stable, friendly, and well-trained. Your dog needs to complete
a short program to be certified as a Therapy Dog.
5. Create a good example for other Pit Bull owners to follow. Do not
let your Pit Bull wander around the neighborhood. Obey all leash laws
in public. Have him sit at your side or heel in a crowded place. Never
let him jump on or scare people, chase cats, fight other dogs, bark
hysterically, or behave aggressively.
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