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American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)  : :  Male  : :  Senior  : :  Large


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About Horton

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Gray
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
 
Horton is a chunky big boy. Our guess is he’s 8 years old. He is the absolute sweetest and has so much love to give. There’s nothing he loves more than people.

Horton is 100% crate trained and potty trained. While he does very well indoors, he does need to have structure in his day-to-day, i.e. in the form of engagement, walks, and continued crate training. I have been slowly integrating Horton with my personal dog, where I crated and rotated the dogs for 3 weeks before they had their first supervised play session in the backyard. This ensures that Horton and everyone in the household is set up for success. Horton loves his foster sister, and could do well with a calm and already well trained dog in the house, who enjoys an occasional play session. I would recommend crating and rotating until both dogs are familiar and comfortable with each other. I would also recommend an adults only household (respectful teenagers who understand boundaries are OK).

It only gets challenging when we go outdoors. Ideally Horton would get at least 2 walks a day, because 1) He loves his walks!, and 2) It helps with his journey to a healthier weight and sustainable lifestyle. However, Horton is easily stimulated and distracted by many things outside of the home. This includes people (adults and kids), other dogs, passing vehicles, skateboards, bicycles, and even bags of garbage sitting on the side of the street. He really doesn’t discriminate, and he will pull with all his strength and cry and whine to get to these things that excite him.

Because Horton is big, strong, and excitable, he will require a strong and confident handler to manage him during walks. I've started using a prong collar, which has helped. He still needs to learn about boundaries and to develop manners (though, more so outside of the home). I would highly recommend working with a balanced professional trainer. Again, he needs to be set up for success, so I've opted to take Horton out on walks during quieter parts of the day, so we can avoid dogs, people, and any other distractions.

Horton does not have one mean bone in his body. He's innocent and pure, and really just a big baby needing some structure and looking for a family who will love him forever

More about Horton

Good with Dogs, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Even-tempered, Goofy

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