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Chris Holloway - 2009-07-09
Pit Bulls are not dangerous animals. They are a reflection of their owner. If the owner is aggressive then the dog is mean. It's like the old saying, "The gun doesnt kill people, people kill people". Its not the dogs fault if it's trained to kill, it's the person that trained it. Chris H.
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  • Todd O\'Hara - 2010-09-18
    i couldnt have put that statement any better myself! you truly r a dog lover, on ya! Todd O'Hara of Auckland New Zealand.
  • Alexis - 2011-07-25
    Well I totaly agree. I have a red-nose pit and his name is Tank. He loves to be around people and he is nice to everyone well except to people that treat him wrong and that never happened before, when we leave him at home when we go on trips is that normal?
  • sara - 2011-09-07
    I disagree. I had a Pit Bull. I got him at 6 weeks old. He was the sweetest thing ever. I had him for 4 yrs. He was always handled gently. I only gave him possitive reinforcment. He would roll over for a belly rub any time a child came around. One day totally unprovoked he bit a family friend. OK so he tore him apart and the man needed plastic surgury. The man was well known to the dog. The dog liked him. I had to put my sweet baby down. Anyone who says its not the dog its the owner....has just been lucky so far. Pit bulls are totally unpredictable!
  • A.Good - 2011-09-16
    What dogs are predictable? I was bitten by a chow. He belong to a dear friend. I had been around and interacted with the dog several times prior to the incident. Just that day, I went to answer the phone and he attacked. I believe it was the quick movement on my part. At the time I had a chow myself when the incident occurred. Are all chows bad? NO! You are stating that all pit bulls are bad because of your situation. The way it sounds to me, you did not have control over your dog. The same as my friend, she loves her dog, but her dog lack obedience and she lacked controlling him. You as a dog owner should know your dogs temperment, likes and dislike and their body language. The dog most likely gave some sign that something was not right, you and the person who was bit did not notice it. Plus you have to remember they are not human they are still dogs not people. You can love your dog, but you have to maintain control over your dog especially around people. It's best to make sure your dog is properly trained and socialized.
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-11
    Thank you, I love my pitty and for the lady that said pitt bulls are vicious and unpredictable...like you said what dog isn't? The dog wasn't unpredictable...you were...you never trust the dog therefore the dog never trusts you. And that person must of done something to the dog for him to attack him...dogs don't forget faces just like us humans don't.
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John Sanchez - 2014-07-06
Hello my name is john, I have a family of 4 my wife and two daughters 5 & 6. We all work and go to school we're home by 3:45 every day but in the mean time my mother inlaw lives with us. She is 70 years old, she is still moving around and what not but I heard of bull terriers being loyal to family I was wondering if it would be ok to have one with a woman her age?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I think the dog would be fine, and actually an excellent addition. But I would ask you mother-in-law what she thinks about it, as it will be her constant companion. She may be very happy for the company, and the dog would have a companion too. Could be a win-win situation, but it must be a welcome addition for her.
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gaydion ferris - 2014-06-20
My pitbull is the greatest dog.

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Ellwood Greiner - 2014-06-01
I Miss My Jasmine my Red Nose Pitt Bull.

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Miles Cabrera - 2012-09-15
I recently adopted a 5 year old male pit bull mix ( I think he's mixed with a lab) he's well behaved and shows manors. I walk out the door first and got him to stop tugging the leash on our walks by simply pulling the leash up instead of back ( thanks to the dog whisper). He's a friendly dog but I feel he may be to friendly. How do I know if he will protect my family if we are in danger? There are also sometimes where I'll give him a tug  and and he doesn't respond, I've asked how to change this and people have told me to hit him hard. Is there another way to get this pit to respect and listen without beating him? I don't want him to become vicious I have a 4 year old and I don't need dog to attack. I just need him to respect what I say and protect my family. Are there any other methods ????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-15
    I do not know how you train a pitt bull - I do know that you should never hit or beat a dog -
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-16
    Thanx but that really doesn't help much. Does anyone else know what to do ?
  • Robert - 2012-09-16
    Many say they have a  pitt bull lab mix - and I am not quite sure if I believe there are that many pitt bull lab mixes running around. In any case - you are saying you do not have complete control of the pup - then I would under no circumstances have him around a 4 year old child. Kids play, they make noise, they throw stuff animals for fun, and you do not know what will set the pup off - too many articles with these dogs hurting children. In some cases killing them. They are all friendly - till they are not. They require a strong, knowledgeable consistent trainer with a lot of experience.
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    I personally use a 'pinch collar' to walk my pitbulls, both my pits are males, one neutered ones not. And without a pinch collar they pull me all over the place. With a pinch collar, it does not choke the dog in any way if fitted properly, and causes no harm IF used properly. It just causes a 'pinch' to the neck of the dog if they are pulling, 9 times out of 10 one little 'tug' (PLEASE never ever yank or pull extremely hard on the leash when using a pinch collar as it could cause damage to your dogs neck) a quick snap of the leash always puts my dogs right back at my side. Without having to use any type of 'hitting' your dog, you should never hit your dog, that will only cause him to become afraid of people and possibly even aggression. Hope this helps. Literally the first walk with a pinch collar had an amazing difference my dogs, Blade and Kadar now enjoy daily walks, and I now enjoy them as well because I'm not being pulled every which a way. :)
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    As Far as protection goes a 'pitbull' or 'pitbull mix' become very attached to their owners. And though they may never show any signs of aggression or protection once your dog has had time to bond to you and your family I can ensure that he will protect you and your child. My dogs have had no training other than basic training (sit, come, stay, heal basic stuff) and I have no doubt in my mind they will protect me and they have proven it time and time again. 'Pitbulls' are naturally protective, but it would be wise to be extremely aware of your dogs body language around other dogs, no matter how friendly he seems with other dogs, some dogs can be fine with 100 dogs then for no reason whatsoever attack the 101st dog. If you don't put your dog in a situation to fail then he can't fail. Example: Pitbulls especially males can be dog aggressive so for obivious reasons my dogs don't go to the dog park. If you don't put your dog into a situation where something bad could happen and cause more people to fear the breed then you should have no problems with your new dog. I'm not saying keep him away from every other dog, i'm just saying it is wise to very slowly introduce your dog to any other dog you'd want them to play with. You need to be very aware of your dogs body language as almost always they give warning signs before they bite/attack.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-05-20
    If your dog is pulling you, you should use a head halter. It helps to get the dogs attention and keep him from pulling so much. I used it with my pit bulls. I have been around so many dogs in my life and I am only 13. Right now I have a chihuahua/pit bull mix and she is a devil. I am working with her. Just try to teach her some things like (watch me) and (sit and stay) and she will use them automatically. If you have her do them lots of times each day. You should never hit a dog. If you have had the dog for awhile, it will have a connection with you, and it will protect you in certain situations. Your dog will protect you when it comes time to. My chihuahua/pit bull gets along great with my lab, (both females) and my chihuahua/pit bull helped bring out the puppy part in my 6 year old lab. Pit bulls (no matter the case) will love you no matter what. Even if her old owner beat her, she will look for affection and wag her tail. (and if you have any info on how to get a dog to stop chewing her dog bowl please tell me.) My dog is in her teething stages, she is 9 months.
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Ellen - 2013-12-22
Hi everyone,,, I have a 6mnth old Bully. His name is Fritzie,,,recently fixed. He is very dominant. Which is to be expected. As in most of the comments I've read about Bully's he jumps on me to enforce his will. When I ignore him or turn and try to walk away, he starts nipping me everywhere. On my anckles, calves and arms. He then gets in front of me and jumps up bitting my t-shirt or shorts ( I call it my Bully outfit).Positively I can say he is intelligent and like to be challenged mentaly. I gave him a ice cream tub in which I taught him to put is small toys in, which he then carry in his mouth ect. He learned to sit in under an hour, and now do so without a verbal command. I only need to show him with my hand. He sprints avoer our lawn when I throw his ball, and when he gets to me he slows down so that I can hold him on is back from behind and then I must run with him, toy in his mouth. At night he 'asks' to go into his crate when he wants to gomto sleep (awesomeness) Did I mention that he is OH SO CUTE! I've learned to wait for the appropriate opportunity to give him any affection. HOW CAN I STOP HIM FROM NIPPING ME IN ORDER TO BE CONSISTENT WITH MY DISIPLINE! !!! I have a 11 year old daughter, ,,, she is also very much in love with him as I am. At the moment I am the only one who's brave enough to face him.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    He sounds like an adorable puppy, but yes, you do have a problem. From what I've read, you don't want to allow your puppy to get away with biting and nipping because if you do, he may develop behavioural problems later in life.

    Training that I've read suggests that you treat the nipping the same way his mother would; yelp loudly and then say 'NO' in a firm, disapproving tone. This lets your puppy know that he's hurting you. It's okay to over-react and sound a little more hurt than you actually are, as this helps him under stand that his bite hurts and that biting humans is wrong. Then turn away from him, ignore him for about 60 seconds, and then play with him a bit. YOu can give him a rubber bone or toy to chew on so he learns that its okay to chew on it, just not on you or other people.
  • Zoe C - 2014-05-18
    Oh I remember this stage so well lol I've still got the little rips in the knees and ankles of my pj bottoms and several pairs of jeans! I too thought my dog had a problem and I even worried at one point if he would become aggressive but I needn't have, he is a big softie :) Here's what I did, I got a crate and used it for a doggy time out ;) Every time he nipped or tugged on my clothes I would tell him 'NO' in a very firm deep voice, if he ignored my warning and continued to nip/ bite I took him by the collar to his 'naughty crate' as you would a child by the hand to a naughty step! He went in his crate for 5-10 mins but he was always in the same room. I felt this was important because he could still see the rest of the family, interacting/playing etc.... only he couldn't join in, he was excluded from whatever we were doing. And of course he wanted to join in. After 5-10 mins he was allowed out to join the rest of  'the pack' but the second he nipped he was straight back in the crate. He soon got the hang of it as he didn't like to be excluded from his 'pack'. Also, I made whoever he nipped put him in his crate, so if he nipped my 9yr old she would take him by the collar to his crate. This also helped him to know his place with the kids and prevent him from attempting to dominate them. It is just a phase though and he will stop, especially if you consistently tell him off for it. The crate thing worked well for me. Good luck
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Laura - 2010-04-19
My daughter has a 2 year old pitbull and she loves everyone but my husband. My husband has been loving toward her dog. The dog barks and is afraid to go near him for some odd reason. We have him feed her, walk her and everything else to help the dog stop barking. She will only get as close as an arm length from my husband and then runs scared. He has never raised his voice or hit her. We are bewildered. Before my daughter got the dog she was raised by a man that scolded her a lot. Does she remember this when it comes to a male figure although she loves other men/ boys just not my husband. Do you have any thoughts to the situation? Thanks

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  • Dave B - 2010-06-07
    Wow... this is a really odd situation. Especially since your husband feeds, walks, plays with him. It may be that the dog really thinks he is her former owner but that is hard to believe. I wish I had an answer and Im very interested if you do. If you find an answer please let me know.
  • Laura - 2010-06-06
    Please respond to my question if you have a solution for me!
  • leona - 2010-08-01
    You really need to contact cesar millan. He can help anybody. Dogs live in the moment. He will tell you that. He will tell you that she does not think of her past owner as your husband.
  • Jordan - 2014-04-11
    The reason why she behaves this way is because of the previous owner. She associates your husband as being her older owner. If an animal is abused they will associate negative experiences with somebody else. For instance if someone who always wears orange abused the animal then it is common that the animal will have problems trusting others who wear orange. This is something that will heal in time but it can take a while depending on how sensitive your animal is and how deep the abuse was.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-16
    Well... I have had lots of pit bulls in my life and I am only 1. So the solution is to get her to trust him first. Like let her come to him not the other way around. Let her have her own quiet place, preferably dark for her to go when she is scared and runs. Don't run after her. You can make it under a desk with a blanket draped over it. She will feel safe in there. If she does not come to him within one month, at least once then you can try having your husband around a corner out of her sight while you are walking her and bring her around the corner to see if she will react. Just test her a little bit. Don't push her. She will come to when she is ready. This all worked with my pit bulls. One other thing is find a more confident dog and tie them together with a rope about 3-4 feet away from each other and have that other dog come to your husband. First make sure that the two dogs get along before doing this. And the more confident dog will show your dog that your husband is safe not the bad guy. If you need more help find me on face book 'isabella marie blue' I have 2 facebooks so do both. And keep doing this until your dog comes to your husband by herself.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-24
    I meant 13 not 1 for my age.
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Bobbi-Jo - 2008-07-10
Hey my name is Bobbi-Jo and my boyfriend & I have a beautiful pitbull named KOBE! He is amazing in every way possible! HE is extremely loving and well behaved! We also have cats-which he loves too...we actually raised kittens with him around all the time! In fact the kittens preferred to sleep with him! He played with them and watched over them! Anyways I would love to help you with your fight against PITBULL HATERS-as the saying goes people are scared of what they don

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  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-17
    I have been trying to STOP bsl and no one listens to me. When I am with my pit bulls people stop and drag their children to the other side of the road. They say that I will regret having my dogs. They say they will turn on me. I have been all loving to my dogs and they are loving to me as well. I want to STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to be able to walk my dogs down the street like every other person. I want to be able to have my dog with other dogs. And I want others to do the same. STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to make a change in the dogs life and others lives. I want a change in my life as well.
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nicola - 2011-07-28
I have a 20 month male english bull terrier. I have had him from 12 weeks old, he lives out the back in a well built kennel, but he chews everything, the kids toys, fence, door frame. You name it he chews it. He goes for walks. How do I stop him from chewing? He has the run of the garden. When I go out to work he howls and barks until I get back, anyone got any answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Puppies chew and they need to chew to first get rid of their puppy teeth and then to keep their teeth healthy. You want him to stop chewing your things so you have to provide him with his things. When he goes to chew one of your things, remove it say "NO" and give him one of his own things. A trick I was shown is to take some old keys and put them on a keyring. When you throw them they make a lot of nose. Do not throw them at the pup. However, if the pup goes or is sniffing or chewing something it is not supposed to throw the keys at something that will make noise (the chair closest to him or something - the floor) and yell "NO". This worked for me for many a pup. There is no point in punishing after the fact or yelling no after the fact - they have no idea what they did wrong. You need to catch him in the act when you are with him and tell him "NO" Outside - he think you're in the home. He wants by you. The trainer told me to put my pup in the smallest room in the home that I didn't use when I went to wrok. I put my 110 doberman in the guest bathroom
    and my doberman went right through the bathroom wall, into the kitchen and into the master bedroom and ate (shook all the feather pillows up to the vaulted ceilings. I will not pass on that advice. Instead I will suggest a crate - large enough for your pup to move in with a t-shirt that has your scent on it. Can someone come during the day and let the pup out. Crate - next to a doggy door scenario has also worked for me. Laundry room with a dogggy door. He is going to keep on barking outside - as he thinks you are home and just not bothering. Doggy doors work well with small pen/crate safe enclosuresa in the home and fenced in area outside.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Deal with one issue at a time. He's struggling to know where he fits or he's trying to dominate you.
    Barking: he's frustrated and wanting attention. From anyone. Bad or good attention, doesn't matter, just attention. Have you tried an anti bark collar?
    Chewing: He doesnt know which things are his to chew or he's doing it to get your attention again. The key trick mentioned by previous review is great. As are air cans, they work in the same way, they make a harmless noise which breaks dogs attention, at which point you redirect his attention to something you want him to do/chew. Also have your tried repellant on things like door frames, fence? Bitter apple spray, strong english mustard etc. again harmless but nasty tasting.
    You need to teach him which are his things. My EBT, Ozzy, is 12 months and he went through a major phase of shoe killing, including a pair of Jimmy Choos!!!! I took a pile of shoes and everytime he went near them or tried to pick one up I used keys, verbal command and/or air spray. Took a few days and a good few hours of input but he now leaves all shoes alone. Hard work but so so worth the effort as he's happier as he knows what's his.
    Let us know how you're doing.
    Sarah and Ozzy
  • Julianne - 2011-10-19
    The reason for the chewing is precisely this bull terriers thrive on human contact. They are not suitable to be kept outside at all, they need to be near you for their emotional health and if not will be destructive and will generally find something to take their stress out on. A bull terrier is not for someone who wants to kennel them outside ................... they would rather live in your lap.
  • debbie smith - 2012-03-18
    You don't have the time to spend with this animal who will take negative attention over none just like a child! Interact with this responsibility you chose to have.
  • Tammy agoney - 2013-01-15
    Maybe u should have researched the breed a little better!! He is part Of ur family!!! If you cannot Train him so he can live inside , rehome him so he isn't neglected for The rest of his life!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    I kinda sounds like he's bored and needs more personal interaction.  They are great pets, but do require a regular interaction with their owners every day, with a good and fairly long excercise/training/play period. They learn to look forward to it if it is on a regular schedule. You might want to get a personal trainer to work with you and the dog to address the behavior problems.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-14
    Dear Nicola: Not replying to give you a hard time or slam you; but you probably have the wrong dog [English Bull Terrier]. I have been a 'English Bull Terrier' owner most of my life and these are NOT,NOT,NOT. kennel dogs. Even though they may seem to be a strong independent dog they are not. Should have done your homework prior to ownership of a 'English Bull Terrier'. These babies[English Bulls] require TONS of HUMAN companionship,or they will fail to thrive. A well loved 'Bull' will tolerate being left alone for a few hours[2-3], but any more than that is really pushing it. Sorry for the long wind here-but 'Bull Terrier' ownership is really a 'lifestyle' and huge commitment. Please reconsider thinking you have a kennel dog here.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-06
    A few years later here...we hope for the best for that young English Bull Terrier. A warning to those reading this and considering adding Companion pet to their Family? Research theed bred, what environment you are offering, what are their needs and requirements: energy level, needed space, what they were breed to be/ do.... Then, and ONLY THEN select Your friend and be the BEST friend you can be. We've had outside and inside pups, we acquired a Labrador who we Thought should be outside..same'destructive' behavior-read about labs, brought him in-problem solved. Researched English Bullies , HAVE her in obedience training....crated....sleeps in it in our bedroom!
  • Colin rose - 2013-08-09
    You don't leave your bullie for that long it needs your friendship. I did not get one till I gave up working. I was brought up with bullies. I had no trouble with mine she was never left that long where I went, she went with us.
  • Noel - 2014-03-19
    I'm about to get a mini bull terrier, if I leave her alone for about 10 hrs is that good or bad? Will it affect the dog?
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david watson - 2014-01-11
hi i got my english bull terrier 5 month ago as she was left tied up in a back yard and the owners didnt want her iv took it day by day with her and she came 2 and was doing brillint up ntill last 3 week she is not eating proper and he as nibbled the fur off all her 4 paws i took her to the vet n he said she as the worest case ov exma so i gotsum tablets off him cost 54 pound and they never helped 1 bit so i rang bk my vet n he said best thing to do is to put her down so i av not gone bk with her dose any1 v any advice 4 me plzzzzzz dave

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  • NN - 2014-01-21
    Hi Dave, You have done the right thing ignoring your vet, that is so extreme and should only ever be considered in dire cases. Once you take them in they become part of the family and that doesn't become an option. There are lots of treatments available and I found the best to be the natural ones. Our old English use to get sore feet as they tend to wee on them when they go and it burns the skin. Firstly try washing her feet often and drying properly. We also found antihistamine work to help with inflammation. Humans use a oat bath to soothe skin complaints so that may be worth a try?!? Soak oats in some tights in warm water then use that to wash with. Lastly you could try Manuka honey, it's expensive but can work wonders for lots of things for man & dog. You can try melting a tsp In warm water (not hot as you'll damage the goodness) and rinsing the area with it and also feeding it to the dog can sometimes help their natural immunity. I really hope one of those helps and if in doubt you can always contact a reuse center before you put a dog down for advice.
  • G.Baker - 2014-02-05
    Hi. I am so glad you did not listen to your vet.English Bull terriers are prone to a lot of skin problems and vets tend to want to stuff them with drugs. Our bull terrier is suffering from inter digital cysts which is common also in bull terriers. The vet recommended all types of drugs for this complaint which when we researched them they caused all kinds of problems in the long term. I think it is better to try more natural treatments to cure the skin infections that this breed suffers from. Firstly look at the diet you feed your dog as a lot of these breeds have allergies to certain foods and a lot of them do not get on well with grains in the commercial foods. I would try a more natural diet if that is possible and if you can get some pure salmon body oil not salmon liver oil. If you can obtain this add a little to the food each day, start it gradually then build it up to the correct amount for your dog. Again as the other person suggested try an oat wash, as this soothes the skin. Hope this helps,
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