Ways to love, train, educate, share information, and revel in being a Pitbull Parent.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Being a Pitbull Ambassador

One of the many things that pitbull owners have to deal with is prejudice against the breed, and towards the people who promote the breed.
SI Angry Pit
How many people see pitbulls

Some of you who are not already pitbull parents may question that statement, they haven’t yet felt the hatred, ignorance, and prejudice some people have for an innocent dog, and for those of us who love them.

For those of you who are pitbull parents, you’ve likely experienced:

  • stinging, and untrue, remarks about how “vicious” your dog is
  • the warning that, “One day your dog will “turn” on you!”
  • people crossing to the other side of the street to avoid you and your dog on a walk
  • endless lectures on how wrong you are about the breed and how right “they” are about it
  • horror stories of a friend of a friend who had a pitbull and was attacked by it
How to deal with these prejudices is one of the things that can make you and your dog ambassadors for the breed. Being polite and friendly is an important part of responding to people who have such prejudices.
But the best way to become a breed ambassador is to make sure your pitbull is up to the challenge. Well trained and well socialized dogs make the best statement on what a great breed pitbulls are. The website, Bad Rap has a wonderful list of things you can do to make sure you and your dog are breed ambassadors. 

Three pitbulls drinking from a water bottle   
Socializing your dog is a great way to become a breed ambassador!
 Remember, for every person out there who displays a prejudice for pitbulls and their owners, there are people like you and me who are ready and willing to educate them on how wrong they are! It’s important for us to keep spreading the word on what great pets pitbulls make.

If anyone would like to share their experience with prejudice, and how you handled it, or a time when you were able to change someone's mind about the breed, I'd love to hear about it! Let's teach others how to be wonderful Breed Ambassadors!
A service pitbull laying on ground with his service gear on
Pitbull Service Dogs Make Great Breed Ambassadors

1 comment:

  1. I wished to have a pitbull dog. The prices is not cheap but having this kind of dog will make you feel secure.