How to Make a Pit Bull Release its Bite
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First things first. Dog fighting is a condemned practice and should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, the affectionate pit bull has fallen victim to these dog fights. They are one of the most popular breeds exploited for this barbaric "sport." Because of this, more and more people are worried they will need to know how to make a pit bull release their bite. Similarly, many people incorrectly believe pit bulls own the ability to lock their jaw when they bite. It is vital to avoid an aggressive and potentially dangerous situation from the beginning. It is not a common nor accepted scenario for a pit bull to become violent, and it is down to the owner to prevent it. Keep reading this AnimalWised article to discover the appropriate ways to make a pit bull release its bite.
Are pit bulls dangerous?
In short, absolutely not. Unfortunately, this breed has garnered an unfair load of bad press over the years, deeming them an aggressive and dangerous dog. It is in fact down to potentially dangerous owners that have created a dog to fear. This discrimination against the breed has led them to be banned in 12 countries around the world. New Zealand, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Norway, and the U. S.territory of Puerto Rico.
There is also a legislation in several countries that aims to promote and establish certain behavioral guidelines for pit bull owners. It specifies that they should only walk with a muzzle, a short leash and under the responsibility of the owner. The owner must also obtain an administrative license involving another series of requirements.
We often judge pit bulls simply by their physical qualities: a developed musculature and great athletic ability. Perhaps they are more physically intimidating compared to say, a Yorkshire Terrier, but the latter can be equally as snappy - if not more so!
We elaborate more on this subject in our article Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?
Break stick for dogs
Have you heard of the break stick? If you search on Google how to make a pit bull release its bite, you will probably discover it. A break stick is a device inserted into the mouth of a pit bull (behind their molars) to facilitate the release of their grip on another dog. See image below.
Now, a responsible pit bull owner who has dedicated them self to thorough training and given plenty of affection to their dog will have no use for it. The break stick is a device popular amongst dog fighters or those who do not want to socialize their dog. Not socializing their dog encourages aggression and thus makes them great performers for dog fights.
It is important to note that no dog owner should use their hand to unhinge their pet's jaw. Otherwise, you risk them redirecting their bite to your hand, or elsewhere on your body.
Does a pit bull lock their jaw when biting?
This myth is as common as it is absurd. There is no different anatomical or physiological mechanism in the pit bull that allows their jaws to lock. On this regard, the pit bull's bite is exactly the same as that of any other dog.
This myth is actually not only related to the pit bull, but to many other breeds of dogs. It is also heard that the Boxer, the American Stafforshire Terrier and other dogs have the ability to lock their jaws when they bite. But it is simply nonsense stemmed from their powerful strength and determination!
Not all pit bulls are aggressive toward other dogs. But break sticks are still considered useful in a multi-dog household, to some people. However, we believe this scenario should never be an issue to begin with, so we would like to offer some tips on how to avoid a dog fight or attack.
How to avoid a dog fight or attack
If you are introducing your pit bull to another dog, perhaps a new pet, check out our article on cohabitation between pit bulls and other dogs. The meeting will not get violent if both pets have been trained well. It is your responsibility to ensure your pet is ready to be exposed to fellow animals.
- The introduction should take place in neutral territory, and never at home.
- Pay equal attention to both dogs.
- Don't force the situation on them; let them interact on their own if they want to.
- Refrain from stepping in as long as neither dog is at risk.
- Avoid rewarding them with treats during the first few days of knowing each other to stop them getting jealous.
Many canine educators recommend using an anti-pull harness to give you better control of your dog. However, we encourage you to teach your dog to walk by your side. You could keep your dog on a leash until you are certain the situation is under control and your dog is reacting well to everyone around them.
Make sure you are abiding by your country's law, as you may be obligated to put a muzzle on your pit bull. This will keep strangers at ease, who may be intimidated by your pet. If anything, this improves the reputation of pit bulls and their owners, so it is a win-win.
Finally, and most importantly, you should teach your dog to drop objects. Regardless of any emergency action you may need to take, practicing "release" with your dog will help prevent such conflicts and improve your overall relationship with one another.
How to make a pitbull release its bite
If you find yourself in the position in which your pit bull has gripped onto an object or worse, a fellow dog or human, you will need to know how to act.
Most dog breeds will snap erratically at the dog or person they have an issue with, biting and releasing repeatedly. However, pit bulls will usually bite and hold. This is not a breed specific trait, but it is because they are a Terrier!
If an encounter between a pit bull and a fellow dog becomes vicious, it is normally effective to squirt them with a hose or a big bucket of water. We do not recommend the break stick because it can harm their teeth and the person using it can be harmed too.
Likewise, you could grab one or both dogs by their hind legs to remove their center of balance and gravity. This is another effective way to break up a brawl.
With all this said, real, well-trained pit bulls are sweet, loyal, friendly and energetic dogs. Do not be put off by negligent owners who have encouraged the discrimination of this breed. They are not only great pets for experienced dog owners but are fantastic with children. Just ensure young kids are taught how to treat animals properly.
The only way we can subvert this bias against pit bulls is to educate and reveal how loving and compassionate this breed can be. Do you have a pit bull? We would love to receive some photos of your pets! Feel free to leave us a comment below.
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