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Houston Active Dogs Message Board › Socializing a Pit

Socializing a Pit

A former member
Post #: 7
Are there restrictions at dog parks regarding specific breeds not being allowed? I am fostering a pit that I would like to take to a park to play, but I am afraid I will upset regulars. Any suggestions?
Kasia
KasiaM
Houston, TX
Post #: 3
Are there restrictions at dog parks regarding specific breeds not being allowed? I am fostering a pit that I would like to take to a park to play, but I am afraid I will upset regulars. Any suggestions?

Not that I'm aware of.
But: if the dog you're fostering is an adult you can't "socialize" him. Socializing (as in "immersing a dog in a new environment") is effective only in puppies (up to 4-5 mo). If your dog likes other dogs he'll have a blast. If not, it might end up with a dog fight (and then people will be upset, even if nothing really happens... unfortunately a pit is always guilty in many people's eyes...)
First take your dog for a walk on a trail where other dogs are walked and see how he reacts. If he's OK I'd then take him to a dog park, but not before he has a solid "come" and won't run away from you.
(I'm a professional dog trainer).
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