The more you know

All dogs are individuals and we shouldn't expect them all to behave the same way. It's important that we, as advocates, talk about the actual dog that is in front of us and not make generalizations about 'all pit bulls'. 

One of the biggest myths that I still encounter is that 'pit bulls attack other dogs'. This just isn't true, it takes time to learn about dog tolerance levels and develop a better understanding. The most important thing to remember is that dog tolerance levels change over time.

  • Dog Social Dogs - truly enjoy the company of new dogs
    • Includes most puppies and a smallish percentage of adult dogs
  • Dog Tolerance Dogs - friendly or indifferent to other dogs. They tend to have a high tolerance for rude dog manners.
  • Dog Selective Dogs - can be testy with new dogs and choosy about who they accept as play pals.
  • Dog Aggressive Dogs - have a low tolerance for new dogs and few if any dog friends. A short fuse during dog play. Needs heavy supervision around dogs.
    • Most can gain better manners with training and smart socializing.