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SusanP
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« on: January 12, 2008, 04:21:45 PM »

I adopted a wonderful young Pit Bull who was a bait dog.  He's a beautiful sweetie.  He gets along with my cats.  Are there certain behaviors I need to look out for?  He seems to fit in perfectly.  They guess he's about 9 - 10 months old. 
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2008, 05:39:26 PM »

We have 3 friends who have pits or pit mixes saved from fighters. The only down side they have found is aggression in situations where the dogs feel threatened. But even my chi & beagle react that way. I think any dog who has been mistreated will.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2008, 05:42:00 PM »

I don't know anything about pit bulls other than that a friend of mine has 2 and they are great dogs!  But I do want to say congratulations on your new family member!
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 05:34:25 AM »

Good luck with your new dog.   I also want to mention that I had a cat attempt to attack my previous dog who did nothing to provoke him.   We were going for a walk & the mean cat was in the middle of the road & seemed to be guarding his territory.    When he made the attempt to come at my dog, I stepped in & quickly scared him off with one of the many items that I carry just in case they are needed.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 12:06:33 PM »

I don't know anything about dogs but congratulations on your new "pooch".
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2008, 05:01:44 PM »

I don't know a whole lot about pit bulls except that they are very intelligent and loyal dogs.  If you have cats in the house you may want to consider putting the dog in a crate or confining him in a certain area just when you are not home and just until you know the dog a little better.  My neighbors run a doggie day care and boarding facility and they do lots of rescue work too.  Every so often I hear a story about a dog hurting or (sorry to be graphic) killing a cat while the people were away.  This always happens when the dog is new to the household and not crated.  It happens with all different breeds of dogs. I'm not suggesting that the dog needs to be crated for life, just until you know him a bit better and know what to expect.  I'm not anti-pit bull, I think they are great dogs and wonderful companions. I'm no expert on the situation either. I am just passing on some info.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2008, 07:46:44 PM »

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Are there certain behaviors I need to look out for?

SusanP

Congratulations on adopting a dog.

Being in rescue for years, all I can suggest is that you take it slowly and keep a watchful eye on him. Rescues, especially bait dogs can have some underlying fears that can be triggered by something you or someone else does. Always keep him on lead when introducing new people, be cautious for at least 6 months. that is the procedure we use here. We never know what will set one of ours off, it all depends on what was done to him. Remember that any aggressive behavior will be triggered by fear, not aggression.

He probably will turn out to be a great pet, just be cautious in the beginning.

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2008, 07:48:23 PM »

BLESS YOU, Susan!  What a great and generous heart you have.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2008, 10:25:58 AM »

Thanks to everyone for their comments and advice.  The shelter I adopted Copper from has been wonderful.  They brought in a behaviorist to work with him.  Before I could bring him home, I did several visits, including my cats.  He did a couple of weekend visits with me.

He has his own room at the moment.  (He shares it with the computer, the sewing machine, etc.) The behaviorist suggested that a crate with an old comforter in it would feel like a den to him and would help him feel safe. 

He (so far) seems to get along with the cats.  Munchkin (the Siamese) loves him.  I've only had Munch a couple of years (he's around seven). Maybe there was dog in Munch's former home. 

I have very young grandchildren (two and five) and I am being probably too restrictive with them at the moment.  It's still a look, don't touch thing at the moment.

He seems to get very scared and climbs into my or my husbands laps, when the local coyote population decides to have their evening songfest. 

The shelter said I should not give out too much detailed info about him because certain hooligans may try to steal him.  So, no pictures yet.

Thanks again to everybody.
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 02:42:14 PM »

I'm so glad to hear that Copper is enjoying his new home and is getting along with the feline family members. 

Congratulations again on the newest addition to your family!
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