K9 Insights
Positive Training, Rewarding Results

Michelle M. Grimes  CPDT-KA, CAP-1, CGCE
Professional Certified Pet dog Trainer & 
 Behavior Modification Consultant

Cause' I'm a Pitbull....

The truth about "Pitbulls"

The American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the most misunderstood breeds.  The news media paints them as vicious killers, ready to turn
on you at any moment or in the blink of an eye. In reality, these dogs are at much greater risk from us than we are from them. 

educate yourself before making a decision about these beautiful creatures.  

 "Let me get this straight...???"
Contrary to popular belief, a "Pit bull" is NOT a breed.  A pit bull is a type of
dog, just as the words "retriever,"  "terrier," or "shepherd" describe
a certain type of dog, not a breed.

The term "pit bull" has no single, solid, scientific definition.

What you believe to be a "pit bull" is not likely to be equal to the
 perception retained by any other person. 

In fact, the word "Pit bull" is a term all too often used to describe
three different breeds with similiar characteristics. 

American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)American Staffordshire Terrier (AMSTAFF)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (STAFFY)

Do you think you know what a real American Pitbull Terrier looks like? 

Click on the Princess to take the test!


Dedicated to the mission of preserving the human-canine bond, the National Canine Research Council is offers a FREE pdf download of this amazing book written by Karen Delise. 

I highly recommend you take advantage of this free download. 

Please pass it on to everyone.  

Pittie lover or not.

                                                   Myth vs. Fact

A pit bull who is socialized at a young age and raised in a responsible, loving environment is safe to have in your home as any other breed.  Here, a few common myths about pit bulls debunked. 

Pit bulls have locking jaws.
Fact: The pit bull jaw structure is no different from other breeds. There is no extra or differently shaped bone, tendon, or any other mechanism in a pitbulls head enabling it to lock its jaws. This myth may have arisen from the fact that, because they were bred to fight other dogs, a pit bull is more likely to bite and hold on, whereas other breeds tend to bite quickly and let go. Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog." 

Myth: Pit bulls have 1600 PSI of bite pressure or Pit bulls have a stronger bite than a lion.

Fact: In August 2005 a study measuring bite forces of different animals conducted by Dr. Brady Barr aired on National Geographic.

*    Domestic dogs averaged 320 PSI
A German Shepherd, APBT and Rottweiler were tested using bite sleeve equipped w/ specialized computer. The American Pit Bull

Terrier had the least  amount of bite pressure of the 3 dogs tested.

*    Humans: 120 PSI                                                                             
*    Wild dogs: 310 PSI
*    Lions: 600 PSI
*    Great White sharks: PSI

Myth: Even a pit bull who has been a trusted pet will turn on you without warning.

Fact: In her book Fatal Dog Attacks, Karen Delise found that the vast majority of dogs of any breed who perpetrate serious attacks on humans were not family pets.  They spent their lives chained in yards or roaming loose uncontrolled, they were abused or underfed, or they were trained to be aggressive. A pit bull who is raised in a loving environment and socialized at a young age is no more likely to attack than any other breed. A dog who is unsocialized, kept at the end of a chain, abused, or encouraged to be aggressive is more likely to become dangerous, regardless of breed

Myth: You can't keep two pit bulls, or two male pit bulls, in the same home because they'll fight.

Fact: If socialized with other dogs from a young age, most pit bulls can happily share their home with another pit bull of either gender. If challenged by another dog, a pit bull is less likely to back down from a fight than other breeds, so training, socialization, and supervision are important. Neutering also reduces aggressive tendencies in dogs of all breeds.

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