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Owners Code of Ethics

LeTigra

Good Dog
I love all dogs and have no prejudice against pit bulls. I go to the dog park a lot and today my dog who is a terrier-mix who met the weight requirement (30lbs) and my sister got bitten by a pit puppy, who was maybe around 40lbs. My dog and sis were fine as the puppy wasn't that big, but the owner yelled at me for having my dog in there and had to pry their dog off mine. She refused to leave the park so I was forced to because I was scared for my dog and her brother, a fat but short puggle. How do I handle this situation if I meet the puppy and his owner again? Any suggestions. The owner said I was discriminating bc her puppy was a pit, but I was just upset my dog and sis got bit.

DON'T GO TO THE DOG PARK

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Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
BLT I am not an expert, but if I have learned anything from this forum is that dog parks are a NO No. There is a great sticky on where to take your dogs.
 
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BLT

Puppy
I'm not going to not go to the dog park because of an irresponsible owner! I'm not going to punish my dogs and I. Ill just call animal control on the owner. I keep an eye on my dogs at all times. I'm not trying to be rude.
 

Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
Trust me BLT I came here thinking I knew everything about dogs. Only to learn that I am a fool. With my being a FOOL two bullies lost their lives in the span of 9 mnths. Believe me when I say you don't know what you need to know about this breed.
 

LeTigra

Good Dog
Trust me BLT I came here thinking I knew everything about dogs. Only to learn that I am a fool. With my being a FOOL two bullies lost their lives in the span of 9 mnths. Believe me when I say you don't know what you need to know with this breed.

I'm sorry you went through that. I truly am.

I have two females who were raised together. One recently turned on the other, out of nowhere, and I had to have coppers ear stitched back on and she still has nerve damage. It happens to the mosr careful people.

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BLT

Puppy
I do not own a pit bull. It's not my job to learn about them to keep my dogs safe around them. I posted to get advice from pit owners. I'm getting the feeling that everyone is defensive. I've never had a bad experience with a pit bull until today. The pit owner blamed me. The dog came out of no where and attacked my dog. I was trying to be sensitive if I met the owner again. She is lucky that no skin was broken on the bite, but as the puppy is small I feel like if she keeps bringing him back to the park as he gets bigger something bad will happen. It does not matter what breed the dog is, if its aggressive dont take it to the dog park to bite other dogs!!!!
 

Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
:blush: I misread. My apologies. I thought you were the pit owner. Teaches me for reading it quickly.

Either way that's why it's not good to go to a dog park. People take their dogs there as a form of exercise instead of exercising them before they go to the park. It's unfortunate but it's the way of the world. If you don't want to be in those situations I personally wouldn't go to dog parks. As for the pit *attacking* could of been for a number of reasons, mostly poor ownership and puppy. If no skin was broken I would say bad manners, lack of training and just being a puppy. It was the responisbility of the owner to correct the behaviour and apologize for the incident.

I have three large breed dogs of my own, none of them are Terrier breed. I refuse to go to dog parks for the same thing. Poorly managed dogs.

Again I sincerly apologize for misreading your post.
 

~Missy~

Snaptastic
I do not own a pit bull. It's not my job to learn about them to keep my dogs safe around them. I posted to get advice from pit owners. I'm getting the feeling that everyone is defensive. I've never had a bad experience with a pit bull until today. The pit owner blamed me. The dog came out of no where and attacked my dog. I was trying to be sensitive if I met the owner again. She is lucky that no skin was broken on the bite, but as the puppy is small I feel like if she keeps bringing him back to the park as he gets bigger something bad will happen. It does not matter what breed the dog is, if its aggressive dont take it to the dog park to bite other dogs!!!!

It was a freakin' puppy. Puppies of ALL breeds PLAY rough because they don't know any better. It's NOT aggression.
 

BLT

Puppy
It's all fine. I guess I have been lucky to have not of had any incidents with any breed of dog at the dog park. I did look up cons of dog parks and I never thought about it. Dogs, of any breed are animals and they will react in the way that makes sense to them. I've just never had a problem before and was asking advice because I don't want to be ignorant about pit bulls. I can't lie, my first reaction was negative. I never brought up the puppy's breed to his owner, I'm guessing she just has problems with him and hats why she was bringing up the fact he was a pit. My dogs and I have gone to the dog park, the local puppy paddle, humane society walk, and the bark on the park at our minor league baseball field, never ever had a problem. It was the pet parents issue. That's why I'm white on rice with my dogs, they are my kids, in my radar at all times. And my terrier doesn't like kids, so I keep her away from situations with small children at all times.
 

BLT

Puppy
I'm, excuse me it was a BIG puppy. To have to get someone to pull their dog off of mine is so excuse for his age!!! Most half-way grown puppies don't have to be pulled off another dog!
 

BLT

Puppy
And my handicapped father was scratched by that puppy jumping on his wheelchair trying to get to my dog. I don't believe that most puppies that are 40 lbs pose no harm!!!!! I was shaking and crying.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Most will argue with you that a dog doesn't reach mental adulthood until 2-3 YEARS of age. So a 1 year old 40# dog is still within the rights of puppyhood.

BLT, you want to be mad at the owner that didn't properly control her dog or set her dog up to fail, have at it. But leave the breed out of it. That's an owner issue
 

Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
So it was aggression. Just like the owner who was cussing me out.

BLT the reason why Terrier owners get defensive about the breed is because of the reason's you have experienced. The Terrier breed requires knowledge, management, containment, ect. They are a high prey drive breed that require and enourmous amount of exercise. So when somebody comes to the forum and states they were *attacked* by a pit bull it raises some hackles. Now I am not saying its your fault you were attacked, what I am saying is that this particular breed isn't for every owner. Unfortunately this breed falls into owners that don't understand them and treat them accordingly. Yes a puppy can be that big. Depends on they breed you encountered. My Bully puppy was 60lbs at 7 months old. The Amercian Bully which is not a pitbull is prone to Dog Aggression also known as DA. From what I have learned you can't train, love, beat, that out of the breed all you can do is manage it. I am going to *guess* you encountered a bully breed. Another thing I have learned is that the Bully breed is often confused for a Pitbull in the world of people that don't know the difference between the breeds. Because another thing I have learned is that the term/breed *Pitbull* doesn't exist. It's a blanket term for the Terrier breed of APBT, Staffshire, etc. It's amazing how much *myth* surrounds this breed, it's also very unfortunate how these *myths* have affected the breed.

Sorry for your experience. Knowledge is power.
 

Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
So it was aggression. Just like the owner who was cussing me out.

BLT the reason why Terrier owners get defensive about the breed is because of the reason's you have experienced. The Terrier breed requires knowledge, management, containment, ect. They are a high prey drive breed that require and enourmous amount of exercise. So when somebody comes to the forum and states they were *attacked* by a pit bull it raises some hackles. This particular breed isn't for every owner. Unfortunately this breed falls into owners that don't understand them and treat them accordingly. Yes a puppy can be that big. Depends on they breed you encountered. My Bully puppy was 60lbs at 7 months old. The Amercian Bully which is not a pitbull is prone to Dog Aggression also known as DA. From what I have learned you can't train, love, beat, that out of the breed all you can do is manage it. I am going to *guess* you encountered a bully breed. Another thing I have learned is that the Bully breed is often confused for a Pitbull in the world of people that don't know the difference between the breeds. Because another thing I have learned is that the term/breed *Pitbull* doesn't exist. It's a blanket term for the Terrier breed of APBT, Staffshire, etc. It's amazing how much *myth* surrounds this breed, it's also very unfortunate how these *myths* have affected the breed.

Sorry for your experience. Knowledge is power.
 
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Lovesalldogs2013

Little Dog
What I am trying to say is that the owner of the dog should of known the breed isn't best suited for dog parks, but again people don't always understand what they are dealing with. It then turns to your responsibility of putting yourself and your dog into the situation by entering a dog park to begin with. So technically both of you owners were at fault in your own ways.