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Old 03-17-2014, 05:46 PM
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I don't want to find out later that I should have worried about his breed, and if something happens, and someone asks why wasn't I more careful, 'I didn't think about it' seems a pretty bad answer!
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You already know DA is common-check out the stickies on reactivity, and prep yourself for different methods such as LAT to help him out when the time comes. 1-2 years is typical for it to start showing, so as much socializing in a positive way when he's younger can't hurt.
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Good news .. ish! I was able to find out who the person is that Dad was going to get the puppies from, and talked to them about it. They only live a halfmile away! I told them about littermate syndrome since they didn't know, theirs was mistake litter. After showing them links online from vets and such about it they decided it would be irresponsible for them to sell more than one. It looks like I'll still be raising a puppy, but just one. Dad was angry that I went behind his back, but determined to still get at least one.

So now I guess I'll be spending the summer raising a pitmix puppy. Am I going to have to 'trick' people into helping me socialize him? A lot of people are scared of pits and will back up right away if they see one. Or will the spaniel part make him look not pit enough that people will want to say hi and help?
Nice work! I'm super-happy that you avoided double trouble and I bet your dad will thank you later as well. That took guts, but you avoided a lot of misery for the both of you. He's lucky to have a daughter like you, whether he knows it or not!

The stickies are a very good thing to read in your spare time, on the bus, etc as they are designed just for people like you looking to get info the quick-and-dirty fashion. We're here for you with any answers and advice that you might need, and believe me when I say that a lot of people will be keeping you, your dad and the pup in our thoughts!
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I don't want to find out later that I should have worried about his breed, and if something happens, and someone asks why wasn't I more careful, 'I didn't think about it' seems a pretty bad answer!
Yes, I agree that you should do some research on the new pup's breeds. However, what I mean is that you don't need to introduce your dog as a pit mix if you feel people will be uncomfortable with the breed.
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Just curious - are you your dad's son or daughter? I really couldn't tell. Not that it matters. LOL.
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Pits are not bad dogs, they are good dogs with unique challenges IMO. Socialize, but don't treat the puppy like a ticking time bomb. Read the stickies, check out Kikopup and Victoria Stillwell on youtube.

My pup Chase is a German Shep/Mastiff/probably Chow mix. I have and will continue to work him through some reactive issues, but the biggest mistake I made was being afraid of him turning out to be a monster (since I hadn't dealt with a reactive dog before). I had to get over that to see what an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime dog Chase is, and how blessed I am to have him in my life.
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I am of ambiguous internet gender! I'd rather not identify, thanks to weirdness that's happened before. I am reading stickies! Sometimes in between classes.

The pits I've met seem okay! So long as their Dog aggressive is the same as other dogs', then I think I can handle it, Bo was very picky about what dogs he liked and if he didn't like them he'd try to eat them on the spot. If it's very different, then I'm not sure I can.
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I like that: "ambigous internet gender." The only really I thought to ask was in reference to Kelly528's post when she commented on you being a wonderful daughter. Enough said.
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I like keeping people guessing.

The puppy's going to be a boy though. I think I'll name him Sam.
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I like that: "ambigous internet gender." The only really I thought to ask was in reference to Kelly528's post when she commented on you being a wonderful daughter. Enough said.
Yeah, for some reason I just had it in my head.

Plus guys your age are on the whole pretty thick. :roll eyes: They can't help it. No offence if you are one
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