Where can one find reliable pitbull info?
Doing a Google search for “pitbulls” will yield millions of hits. The problem with many of those hits is that the information provided will be incorrect or otherwise useless for truly learning the facts about pitbulls.
Other than www.pitbull-info-and-training.com here are some other places.
A great place to start is your local bully breed rescue group. These groups will be run by people who have owned pitbulls. Their experience with the breed will make them somewhat qualified to answer your questions.
Another source for pit bull info is your vet or local animal shelter. However, it is important to realize that some people – even vets, animal care professionals and shelter workers – have developed a bias when it comes to pitbulls.
You have got to make sure that the info that you are getting is accurate and not tinged with bias that people have picked up from the unfair media coverage the Pitbulls
have been subjected to over the last 20 to 25 years.
One woman brought her pitbull to the vet after he had been involved in a scuffle with a stray cat.
Luckily, neither animal was seriously hurt, but she wanted to have his scratches checked out just to be safe.
The vet, upon hearing the story of the cat wandering into the yard and getting attacked by the pitbull, suggested that she have the dog put down.
Can you believe it????
The vet wanted her to have the dog euthanized because he had attacked a stray cat that wandered into his yard.
She asked if he would have made the same recommendation if the dog had been a lab. He said probably not, but “just read the paper and you can tell that pitbulls are vicious.”
Naturally, she found a new vet.
Yes, even educated people can believe everything that they read, so if it seems that your vet or other animal care professional has a strong bias against pitbulls, you might not be getting the best pitbull info.
On the other hand, if someone wants to pretend that pitbulls have no aggressive tendencies whatsoever, and that it is perfectly acceptable to leave them alone with children and other pets, that is also not going to be the best source of pitbull info.
Some local SPCAs (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) are great sources of information.
Many have taken the time to learn all about the breed and know that while pitbulls can make wonderful family pets, they also must be trained and handled in a certain way in order to ensure the safety of both the dog and the human members of the family.
A trip to the bookstore will likely yield many sources of pitbull info but, as always, you must consider the source. Read all you can, but for the most accurate pitbull info you will need to seek out the people who have actually taken time to study the breed rather than just jumping on the “PITBULLS ARE VICIOUS…” bandwagon.
With so much available information, it is not easy to sift through all of it to find the good stuff. Just look for facts rather than assessments made by people – on either side of the argument – who have an agenda to forward.