astroman....I have a pitbull stafforshire mix (I am a big pitbull lover and will defend the breed)... Our dog is a family member. For real. She does not bark because she is at home with us and only barks when people come visit to greet them.
We took her to classes too...she was the shyest dog in the bunch an always afraid.
On the side note that has nothing to do with lyme....IMO not all people should own pit-bulls or any breed that has high energy (including jackrussel) or is a work dog German Shepperd or Huskies. These are all dogs that need owners with high energy and naturally need to work their energy out....running, outings. They must be engaged all times.
A lot of idiots own pitbull because it is a trend and they keep them in their yard tied and don't ever interact with them.
It is very sad.
I believe there must be a local ordinance in your area astroman that imposes the owner of these poor dogs either a fine or they cannot just simply bark all night (and this is beside the breed).
Again, not the breed but the owner.
I agree. I am a pit mix owner as well. These dogs are the most mis-understood, mis-represented breed...sorta like those with chronic Lyme I guess. This is my second pit mix and neither were barkers. Of course they did their jobs and barked when cars pulled in driveway, etc., but we also didn't keep them outside unsupervised. They were both well trained pets.
One problem with pit-bulls, or "guardian/herder" type dogs is they need structure and training, and they prefer to be with their people. The other problem, and this goes for all dogs, is keeping the dogs outside with no supervision and nothing to do...of course they will bark, primarily out of frustration because everything becomes a threat and they are trying to do their job. It's not the pit bull, or any other breed of dog's fault...it is squarely the owner's fault, so you have to deal with the owner.
My parents have a neighbor that had a big old hound-type junkyard dog they kept chained in the backyard. The poor thing barked all day and night. He was never a pet, never went into the home. My mom tried everything from talking to the neighbors to calling animal control. the poor dog was infested with ticks and fleas, sickly and distressed. The owners did nothing, Animal control did nothing. He finally passed, and then they got a bichon frise type dog and believe it or not, did the same thing. He sits outside day and night barking, rain or shine. My mom finally started giving him dog biscuts over the fence. She actually worked a bit to first get the dog not to bark, and then once calm she would give him the biscut. It actually worked to train him a bit to understand that quiet = treat.
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