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Old 10-05-17, 10:41 AM
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My encounter with a Pitbull

So here's the story of my Pittbull encounter yesterday evening. Ride the bike out to the lake with a sandwich for dinner. Out on the road I hear a crash and see a guy tangled up in a bike and a leash. I head over and he's got about a 2 year old Pitt on the end of the leash. He was an absolute beautiful dog. The guy loses the leash while trying to untangle himself from the bike and the pup comes over to me. Friendly as anything.

There's an older couple who had closed up their dog in their van. She wasn't afraid of the Pitt, just said her dog doesn't get along well with other dogs and it would be a blood bath for her dog if it was to mess with this one.

So I have the leash so the guy can get out of the bike and the dog wants to go to the older lady and let me tell you, there is nothing I was going to do to prevent that. At 235 lb, I got drug down onto the ground and drug across the pavement by the absolute unbelievable power of this dog.

So yeah, not the greatest idea to try to walk a Pittbull on a leash while trying to ride a bicycle. And that's my first encounter with a Pittbull.
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Even though they're (IMHO) fugly dogs, they're not all owned by irresponsible jk-asses. And therefore, yes, they can be big lovable babies just as much as any other breed. Good on you for helping a fellow cyclist and his pup.
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
So yeah, not the greatest idea to try to walk a Pittbull on a leash while trying to ride a bicycle. And that's my first encounter with a Pittbull.

Or any dog. The people who try to do this are usually not very good cyclists, and even a really good cyclist wouldn't be able to do it well.
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Old 10-05-17, 01:52 PM
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I see people in my neighborhood doing this all the time. Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters. Accident waiting to happen for both pup and owner.
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Old 10-05-17, 02:08 PM
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They used to be called Nurse Dogs, great with kids. Have bad rap now because of idiots.
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Big dog jumped and he ran around the ring.
Little Dog jumped and he couldn't do a thing

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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
They used to be called Nurse Dogs, great with kids. Have bad rap now because of idiots.
The idiots had been using them for that for generations. They can have personality differences even within a liter. They are usually friendly to people but can be capable of otherwise. You don't want to let them run loose and most especially not to run loose in pairs. Dogs will do things in a pair or more than they will ever do on their own. They have hunting instincts and can stalk patiently just like a cat so they will take that up on other animals easily if they are encouraged to at all.

If you like the dogs and want one I'd raise it with a kitty and be very careful that it doesn't get stolen by idiots because friendliness to people is more generally the breed trait. They can be climbers and for those a six foot fence is not sufficient.
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You don't want to let them run loose and most especially not to run loose in pairs....

If you like the dogs and want one I'd raise it with a kitty...
Yes, keep them separated!




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Old 10-05-17, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
Yes, keep them separated!





Lol

I was of course referring to the breed addressed in the thread's header. Do Poodles stalk cats?........who would've guessed.

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There is a lady on my street who rides her bike with 2 dogs on leashes. These leashes are stiff and extend to the sides of the bike.
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Old 10-06-17, 03:33 AM
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Pit bulls are scary. Too many stories of a "nice calm" pit that never bothered anybody suddenly going berzerk on someone.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Even though they're (IMHO) fugly dogs,
Whilst I think there are a number of better looking breeds of dog, I am surprised you think they are fugly.
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Well, I have a rescue pit mix and she is super cute. She also ate my sofa one day. Good thing she's cute.

As far as riding a bike with a dog. I've seen some minor crashes with other people attempting this. It is not something I'm willing to try.
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Old 10-06-17, 08:15 AM
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I know a few pitbulls and they are all sweethearts. One woman fostered rescue pits and she ended up adopting two, long-term. Another, we dog-sat for and is probably the most well-behaved dog I have ever encountered.

However, knowing dogs, and bikes, last thing I'd do is ride with one. Because I am the "bike guy" within my circle of friends, someone asked me what they should get to attach their dog to their bike and I just said, "Don't do it."

...but a dog/skateboard combo sounds like it could be some fun...
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
Well, I have a rescue pit mix and she is super cute. She also ate my sofa one day. Good thing she's cute.
She probably thought the couch was conspiring against you and that she was protecting you from it's diabolical scheme. The chair may be next.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Whilst I think there are a number of better looking breeds of dog, I am surprised you think they are fugly.
A stout short-haired cinder blockhead with teeth like Supergator or Dinocroc™. No thanks.

Gimme a nice Setter or Lab. Something that, in general, other pedestrians won't cross the street to avoid. To each their own.
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
So here's the story of my Pittbull encounter yesterday evening. Ride the bike out to the lake with a sandwich for dinner. Out on the road I hear a crash and see a guy tangled up in a bike and a leash. I head over and he's got about a 2 year old Pitt on the end of the leash. He was an absolute beautiful dog. The guy loses the leash while trying to untangle himself from the bike and the pup comes over to me. Friendly as anything.

There's an older couple who had closed up their dog in their van. She wasn't afraid of the Pitt, just said her dog doesn't get along well with other dogs and it would be a blood bath for her dog if it was to mess with this one.

So I have the leash so the guy can get out of the bike and the dog wants to go to the older lady and let me tell you, there is nothing I was going to do to prevent that. At 235 lb, I got drug down onto the ground and drug across the pavement by the absolute unbelievable power of this dog.

So yeah, not the greatest idea to try to walk a Pittbull on a leash while trying to ride a bicycle. And that's my first encounter with a Pittbull.
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Originally Posted by ririder View Post
She probably thought the couch was conspiring against you and that she was protecting you from it's diabolical scheme. The chair may be next.
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No more chances. She is crate trained now.
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My sister has a pit bull mix and he's a big chicken. When I carve the turkey on the holidays all the dogs come into the kitchen to get their part, and I have to make sure the other dogs don't eat his bits because he's so timid.
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
Pit bulls are scary. Too many stories of a "nice calm" pit that never bothered anybody suddenly going berzerk on someone.
I MIGHT worry about pits that’d been bred for viciousness by someone liking that kind of thing.
A pit from a regular breeder wouldn’t worry me the slightest.
I’ve been bit bad enough to draw blood four times. Once bad enough to lose me a summer to dressing changes and rehab. None of those were pits.
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I MIGHT worry about pits that’d been bred for viciousness by someone liking that kind of thing.
A pit from a regular breeder wouldn’t worry me the slightest.
I’ve been bit bad enough to draw blood four times. Once bad enough to lose me a summer to dressing changes and rehab. None of those were pits.
An ornery minded Pit or Bull Terrier's bite is going to be more like ViseGrip pliers that won't let go no matter how hard you hit them with your free hand

Funniest pitbull encounter belongs to a coworker who owned a Springer Spaniel (girl magnet there) which happened to be in heat when he was leaving his house to catch an early morning ride to work. So as he's walking down his street at about 5:00 AM an amorous pitbull approaches him and attaches himself to his leg with no teeth used in the process. Well he didn't know much about the breed and walked about 3 blocks, with amorous dog thus attached, to his ride before peeling him off out the car door with his free foot once inside the car on the passenger seat. My only regret from this is that none of his neighbors were awake to see it at 5:00 AM.

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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
A dog is a reflection of its owner
Yeah! I can train golden-retriever to be horrible mean dog!
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Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
An ornery minded Pit or Bull Terrier's bite is going to be more like ViseGrip pliers that won't let go no matter how hard you hit them with your free hand.
I’d ”gladly” trade that for the damage I took from the German Shepherd who kept biting.
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I’d ”gladly” trade that for the damage I took from the German Shepherd who kept biting.
Now that's the breed that comes out in the street to threaten me more often.

Actually I've had two pits trying to corner me at a late night bus stop too, and cleverly from opposite sides. Me with no knife or anything until the owner came outside and called them off. I told the stupid ***** not to let her dogs run loose like that but I don't imagine that my lecture took with her. It was unnerving.
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