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    Essay Winner Is........

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF THE A.P.B.T. HAVING A JOB AND PROPER TRAINING.


    The A.P.B.T. was bred to be a true performance animal. It was bred to be an athletic, high energy dog with natural stamina. These unique traits, along with a high pain tolerance, make this breed an awesome candidate for almost any type of work. However, these same traits sometimes make this breed a difficult companion to keep.



    The American Pit Bull Terrier, can and does excel at many tasks. Some tasks are obedience, agility, weight pull, fly ball, and even Schutzhund. This breed also does well at real jobs, such as: search and rescue, DEA work, Bomb sniffing, and active Therapy/Service dogs. These dog’s stamina, work ethic and willingness to please, will allow the dog accomplish almost anything the handler chooses.



    There is a downside to owning the A.P.B.T. for the typical pet person or owner, who does not work or train their dog. The breed’s high energy level can drive some owners crazy, especially when dog is not consistently worked or trained. . The high pain tolerance of the APBT can also make training difficult, in some situations. Another downside is dog aggression that is inherent in this breed. This being said, means that the APBT is not a breed for owner’s who like to do group dog activities, allow dogs to run in packs, or go to dog parks. This Dog aggression can also make traditional obedience classes difficult. The APBT also has a stubborn streak, which can be both good and bad. Good, because once a dog understands and is taught to do what is expected, can really excel. Bad, because once a dog learns bad behaviors or has been allowed to act a certain way, make it harder to curb those behaviors. They are also proven escape artists so containment is very important.



    The importance of the A.P.B.T. having a job or consistent training can not be understated. An APBT that receives plenty of attention, and exercise will be a happier, more content animal. This makes the dog easier to live with and less destructive, as a rule. Mental stimulation, such as obedience training, plus physical exercise are both important. Obedience training is a must, as it teaches the dog it’s place in the pack and how to behave in public. Daily exercise goes along with this, and sometimes it can take a lot of it to truly exercise a A.P.B.T.



    A well behaved Pit Bull in public is a joy to be seen. There is nothing worse for the average person to see than a pit bull dog barking, growling and lunging on a leash. Not only does it instill fear , but it makes the dog seem uncontrollable which enforces what the general public thinks about the breed already. It does not seem to matter how much an APBT owner tries to explain to the average owner of other breeds, about the difference of dog aggression vs. human aggression, they can not understand. With all these issues in mind, it is important for the APBT to be under control at all times, and at least fairly well-behaved. That is why obedience training and teaching basic manners is important.



    Regarding all the different kinds of work, activities, and sports that the APBT can participate in, it is really up to the owner. What does the owner have time for, what are they interested in? Just getting out and throwing a ball a few dozen times can be enough for some A.P.B.T.s. Some dogs get tired just from long heeling patterns with food or toy. I, choose Schutzhund, which is very controversial for this breed, and rightly so. I happen to feel that it challenges the APBT, because it tests a dogs temperament, obedience potential, tracking drive and prey drive. Weight pull is fun activity for many, as it is competitive and our breed is a natural at it. Obedience is great because it shows a dogs focus. Flyball and agility are great because are dogs our true athletes. There are so many great things that a owner can do with their A.P.B.T.



    The truth is, “a responsible pit bull owner must do something with their dogs“. As a rule, this is not a breed that does well locked up in an apartment all day, or in a small kennel all the time. They tend to get destructive and hyper when not given proper exercise, training and boundaries.



    The biggest problem, that the Pit Bull as a breed faces today, is irresponsible ownership and disreputable breeders. I feel that this breed is at risk of extinction, because of the very people who say they love this breed: Owners who allow their dogs to run free, or keep them in a way they constantly get loose. Breeders who breed for money and do not even know what a real pit bull is. People who accumulate these dogs in order to gain attention and fame, yet only succeed in further bringing the breed down. The average pet owner who does not have time or energy to train or teach their dog basic manners. Then still insist on taking them out in the public eye to further damage the breeds reputation.



    In closing, I would like to say: “People, if you can’t do anything else, please keep your dogs contained and at least attend one or two obedience classes”. “Remember you have a Pit Bull, you need to go that extra mile!
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    Re: Essay Winner Is........

    Congrats, Howard!

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    It was a great write up. Congrats!

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    Congrats Howard. Great Essay.

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    Woohooo! Congrats!

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    Congrats howard, walking the walk and talking the talk. A true asset to our sacred breed. Thanks for the read.
    "Long live gameness and the creatures that posess it, and if the caretakers of it are half as game as the dogs they posess it shall live on forever..."
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    Congrats Howard! Definately a Great read!

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    Way to go, Howard!
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    congrats Howard. That was a wonderful piece. I really enjoyed reading everybody's essays and thoughts on the subject. You put some thought into that essay and I would have to say its good work. Congrats again.




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    Congrats Howard to a job well done. Very good work, thank you.

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