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What should you consider before adopting a pit bull puppy?

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One of the things to consider before adopting a pit bull puppy is if your state, city or county has breed discriminatory legislation against dogs, such as American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers and other dogs that conform to a certain breed's characteristics. You should also consider your family's willingness and involvement in adopting a pit bull puppy.

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The pit bulls is one of the most stigmatized dog breeds in the United States and other parts of the world. Many cities prohibit the ownership, fostering or adoption of dogs that show the pit bull's characteristics. Check your state, city or township's breed-specific laws and make sure to comply with them.

All household members should agree to adopting and caring for a pit bull puppy. Dogs are receptive animals and, according to studies, have the ability to read human intent. The newly adopted puppy should feel that he is safe and welcome in your home for proper and healthy socialization among other family members.

Consider the time you can allocate for dog training and exercise, as well. Pit bulls are energetic dogs that require plenty of exercise outdoors. Like other dogs, pit bulls may develop behavioral problems if not trained properly. Puppies need to be trained using positive reinforcement techniques. Ongoing training and socialization helps pit bulls be better behaved and more receptive toward their owners and other animals.

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