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How would I or anyone know like me having 3 kids and people might be like you have kids and you have a pitbull I want to know what makes some one ready for a pitbull I was just given this puppy im sorry I really don't want to give him up
 

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Being ready is being over prepared. Buy a few break sticks, already be crate training get a good steady diet going. While your pup is growing up so will your knowledge given its your first pup. Another thing is are you sure its an APBT? You may also have an American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier. To the unknowledgeable all these breeds get grouped together into the "Pit Bull" grouping although there is really only one "Pit Bull" breed and that is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Knowing exactly what breed your pup is can be very useful though all those breeds mentioned training is going to be the same as well as the risk of DA, though APBT's DA is pretty much 100% where as the others the risk and fight is no where near as high.

Aside from that studying the history, what makes these dogs unique and a breed. What they were bred for, knowing to stay away from Dog Parks without having to learn the hard way. Educate yourself to no end, prepare yourself for the worse when it comes to DA.

If you have children i would HIGHLY recommend training them and teaching them basics and do's and don'ts of the breed. You also need to work with them to establish their dominance over the pup now vs later. Also, you NEVER and i do mean NEVER trust your kids with your dog alone, not even for a second. No matter if they are 1 years old or 13 years old. Accidents happen in a blink of the eye.

As long as your willing to learn and show your willingness and don't make stupid avoidable mistakes i don't believe any one here is going to put you down. But you must take this breed seriously. They can be such lovable, sweet hearted dogs but you must keep in mind the power that you hold every time you walk him.

I also highly recommend learning about the Breed Specific Leg. and what you can do to fight back.

Training is a must, if you are unable to train yourself please enroll in a good training class for puppy training. (ideally a trainer who has the experience in the breed already)
 

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Great answer, KM. To that I'd add to make sure your house is puppy proof (don't leave anything laying around that you don't want chewed or swallowed). Same thing with your yard which needs to be as escape proof as you can make it. Aside from that, everyone makes mistakes and as long as you don't make the same ones again and again you should be fine.
 

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pretty much anything a dog could do to be a pain .. an apbt can do twice as good!
they are known to be pretty darn tolerant of children .. ones they know anyhow. but never take that for granted with any dog . lots of info on this site .. start skimming!
 

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Great answer, KM. To that I'd add to make sure your house is puppy proof (don't leave anything laying around that you don't want chewed or swallowed). Same thing with your yard which needs to be as escape proof as you can make it. Aside from that, everyone makes mistakes and as long as you don't make the same ones again and again you should be fine.
Thing that sucks for me is that I don't have a fence
 

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Thing that sucks for me is that I don't have a fence
You don't need a fenced in yard to own a dog. I have a 4 ft. fence around my yard but never leave Bella in it unattended. She could jump it if she wanted to. My dog is a house dog and I take her out on a leash to do her business several times a day. She also gets a good 3-5 mile walk a day so not everybody needs a fence around there yard. Mine is actually useless to me but the good thing is that it keeps people and other dogs out of it :) You can also do a chain setup if you don't have a fence. Other more experienced people with that can give you advice.
 

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I didn't have a fence for 13 years... I put three 10X10 kennels (Used panels) together.

KM, 'thumbs up'! ...also be prepared for no sleep and chewed up furniture if you're bringing a puppy home..
 
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