Arnold hated Teddy when we brought him home and went into a bit of a depression. We’re guessing because he wasn’t the baby anymore. He had this huge, slobbering, and heavy dog smacking him with his tail, stepping on him to get out the door, and competing with him to chase squirrels. It took about a month before things settled down and we all got into a routine. We knew it was over when we started seeing them share the same bed.
We’ve both never adopted a dog before, much less an adult dog, but could never imagine life without him! Teddy has his quirks, but don’t we all? We noticed right away that he’s a jumper. He’ll jump up to greet you and get a closer inspection of your face. We constantly work on that and we’re getting better at reducing opportunities. He’s protective of us, which I appreciate. I always know when someone is near our home. And finally, he gets really anxious with loud noises and has a habit of spinning in circles and then starts chewing and licking his hind legs and tail. We have tried redirection, disciplining him, and physically restraining him. The only thing that works is removing the loud noise or removing him from the situation. If you have some constructive advice, please pass it along because we’re always willing to learn. His crazy habit is a good argument stopper, though! As soon as our voices go up, he freaks out, which usually means our argument stops. Good boy, Teddy.
My favorite thing about having our Teddy is that he is ALWAYS excited for food and walks. He will sit as we pour his food, but his entire body is shaking with excitement. He does the same thing when we sees his leash. He also puts himself to bed, which is super cute and awesome. He waits for us in the hallway so we can close the door on his crate. I think he learned it from Arnold.
We knew that by adopting a pit bull we were going to get some feedback from others about how they are a “dangerous” breed. I don’t agree with the breed-specific stereotypes. All dogs can be aggressive and it depends upon the owners to train and condition their dog for all types of situations. Have you seen our dachshund react to a squirrel? You’d swear he’s a monster. I’m happy to report that the good comments and compliments have exponentially outnumbered the bad. He’s so handsome, how could you not love him?
Learning to raise a dog is full-time job and takes time, patience, knowledge, and love. Teddy is a big dog, with some crazy quirks, but he’s 70 lbs of pure love and would do anything to please. We are learning so much about him and ourselves and still have a long way to go. We don’t take our dogs to dog parks and we are very, very cautious when we take them out to festivals and events. They stay right by our side and we ask people to wait for them to sit before they pet them. Our dogs aren’t dangerous, but we know that some situations are stressful to them and we want to mitigate potential “bad”situations before they happen. We’ve met other pit bull owners who have shared that they too take steps to be cautious and protect themselves and their dog. Glad we’re not alone!
Prevention is probably the most useful and hardest thing I’ve had to learn in raising Teddy. He’s a huge goofball and thinks he’s a lap dog. I know not everyone feels the same way we do, so we try to prevent stressful situations and focus on helping others understand Teddy. He keeps us on our toes and we’ve learned to enjoy adventuring, together!
If you’re considering adding a pet to your home, I strongly urge you to check out some of your local shelters. There is a dog in there waiting for affection and to show you the meaning of unconditional love. Before you look anywhere else, check your local shelter and give a pet a second chance!
Here are some additional photos of Teddy and Arnold on some of our adventures.
And these were made because I think our dogs are more handsome than Mr. Gosling