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Protection?

Postby Kalai » Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:13 am

Ok, my wife, my children and i did about 6 months research before deciding to seek out a responsibly bred amstaff male puppy about 18 months ago.
"Prince leroy green", who looks like a black and white "gozer" gargoyle from ghostbusters (og), is the most "moderate" dog ive ever had. Truly loyal in that he will follo us anywhere and, while he really seems to b my dog, he LOVES our kids. From 0-10 i wud put his aggression level at a 1 or a 2 (he will mouth grab your hands if you touch his claw nails) and he likes an all out tug of war battle that sounds like murder but immediately subsides when the game is over.

I dont really have any concerns and, if he stays aloof to danger the way i kno him to be, id b fine with it. However one of the reasons we chose him and his breed is so my preteen daughter cud walk the neighborhood (we liv in a good hood but u never kno) with confidence and I have serious doubts whether Leroy wud do anything intimidating if someone were to attack her?

As far as questions go im curious as to whether or not i hav simply been lucky enough never to have seen my big staffy in a malicious confrontation, or if he just doesnt have violence in him even when the time calls for it?
The only protective thing he REALLY does is that he will not let the children out of his sight when they get near water. He hates the water himself unfortunately but if my kids go into a lake for a swim he, terrified for himself evtime, will launch himself into the deep after them.

I wud of course much rather hav the super friendly, great mannered, socialized pooch, that leroy is but i just wud like a look into the crystal ball, so to speak, so i can adjust my confidence in allowing my kids to walk him beyond my sight etc?

Im talkin around the blok guys, im not sending my kids into the mean streets of south boston with a pitbull and a switchblade yall. ;)

In short, can i expect this dog to get pissed if someone tries something or will he just watch like an idiot?

I had an aus shepherd as a kid that wud bite my friends if we wrestled and this dog, despite the classically wrong rep of the pit, shows NONE of that behavior preferring to wrestle himself. He has never even mouthed anyone while playing and all of the injuries (owies) he has ever caused wer from his nails (they get long cuz he wont let us touch them and its way sad to force him) or, just occassionally he bowls my 3 yr old over while they are playing.

I hav gone on too long, look forward to a response

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Re: Protection?

Postby Bullseye » Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:00 am

Right well I shall form my opinion on the matter..

I am skeptical about children being unattended without adult supervision, whatever the breed, even if it is just around the block, as for protection, there are options available, you would need to go to a trainer & get the dog evaluated for temperament ect, make sure it is one that specialise in PP work... as it is something that should not be attempted without professional help, American Staffs are good at protection work due to having high drive, but proper training is needed, it may be worth looking for trainers in your area, but make sure they have all the correct paperwork, as long as your dog has a good "off" & "on" "switch" there shouldn't be a problem, but as I said I am sceptical about kids being unattened with dogs..

Hope this helps.


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Re: Protection?

Postby patty » Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:41 pm

I second what Bullseye posted and will add a few comments of my own. I am not a trainer, just a pit bull pet owner.

A pit bull with stable temperament is not human aggressive!! By nature they love people, they are people magnets be it friendly curiosity to meet your beautiful dog or people are terrified from bad publicity and ownership. They can be trained to be a protector only by a professional and I would stress that any children be part of this training should you pursue this avenue. But as Bullseye stated personally I would not leave my children unsupervised. Regardless of their knowledge or capabilities the factor of unknown human and/or animal behavior can override and create a dangerous situation for all. As an adult I have been on the other end of an escalated situation and unless you can keep your wits about you things can go bad very quickly!!!!

Enjoy your loyal Prince Leroy Green as a family pet/member. He sounds awesome! Would love to see a picture :)

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Re: Protection?

Postby Bullseye » Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:07 pm

patty wrote:[...]
Enjoy your loyal Prince Leroy Green as a family pet/member. He sounds awesome! Would love to see a picture :)


Yes some pics would be awesome! :) :yipee:


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