Originally Posted by gabysmom617
Being that many of us have kids, would you adopt one?
What if the shelter/foster declared up and down what a sweet docile good-with-kids dog he/she was? Would you adopt one?
I said I wouldn't adopt one. But then I read about how many of the "wrong" sort of people want them, and how they sit in shelters because good families are too afraid to adopt them..now I dunno.
I wouldn't want a dominating one, definitely. I thought all of them were that way, but some of the different ones I am reading about in the shelters don't seem to be that way, according to their foster owners.
I plan to adopt a dog/ferret tomorrow or sunday. I am going to the shelter tomorrow. Just wondering.
YES! i know a lot about dogs. enough to know that breed, alone, is NOT a reason to choose or decline a pet
"Pit Bulls" (I HATE that nickname....I think it's half the problem
: ) are sweet tempered, eager to please pups. They are NOT aggressive by nature
, but they are very territorial and protective over their pack (which would be you and your kids).
Any dog is capable of biting/attacking/harm. They are animals and therefor unpredictable. And Pits, in particular, have that reputation because they are handled poorly and abandoned in massive numbers all across this country. Not the other way 'round.
If you are going to get ANY pet that is of above medium size/strength, I sincerely believe you have a responsibility to go to a nurturing and knowlegable trainer for some handling lessons. Even the local chain pet stores have info about those classes. Socialize your dog, don't trust them with children for a long while (and never alone with small children!), be confident and secure about your position as Alpha Dog. If that dog knows that you will never allow it to be dominant and he can trust you to always lead him confidently and keep him safe...you should have a premium pet/member of the pack on your hands.
I also recommend Cesar Milan's show/website/books when getting a shelter or rescue dog.
DISCLAIMER: I did not read any of the responses. I am literally responding to the OP. And I am very confident in my answer, based on my knowlege and training working with dogs.