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The Guy
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hello all!

Postby The Guy » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:09 am

i live in upstate NY, and while i do not have any pets yet, my girlfriend and i are looking to adopt very soon. we are both dog people who have grown up around dogs, but have lived in apartments until now. anyhow, im happy to be a part of the community!

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Re: hello all!

Postby spammie » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:58 am

Hi and welcome to PBF. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Thanks for adopting as there are tons of excellent dogs needing a good home. What are you looking for in a dog?
Here's a sample intro for ideas on what to include in your intro.
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=64327

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Re: hello all!

Postby The Guy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:35 am

hello!

my name is christian and i live with my girlfriend julie in upstate new york. i am 32 and she is 27. we are both dog lovers! weve been going to the spca alot these past few weeks, uncertain (and really impartial) of what breed to get. but the shelters are full of adult pitbulls that no one seems to want because of their intense appearance and less than friendly reputation. well, after weeks of seeing the dogs and getting to know a few, we finally found a very sweet and handsome boy named wesley. below is a link to his petfinder profile. we made it official yesterday, but we are waiting for the nice folks at the spca to have him neutered. we are both excited, but neither of us have ever shared a home with this breed. ive lived in homes with shepards, great danes, goldens, SH pointers, pugs, labs, countless mixes. . . but never an APBT.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16094116

wesley is a real sweetheart. hes about 1 1/2 to 2 years old, medium energy, and full of kisses! we are really looking forward to having him come home with us. he is already very well behaved and focused, all things considered. we spent the better half of yesterday getting our house ready him, and we will continue to do so until hes clear.

we both have a very basic understanding of dog behavior, but a working one nonetheless. i have been obsessively researching pit bulls so we can know what to expect. thats how i found this forum. i hope to get some support, advice and make some new friends on this forum. a lot of our friends and family are skeptical of this breed, and we hope to raise a happy dog that serves as a good example of what the breed can be.

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Re: hello all!

Postby jamielvsaustin » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:06 am

Through doing your research you may have already come across this information, if not I think it's good info to have.

This is a thread on what is suggested you do the first two weeks the dog is in your home. I think it makes a world of difference.
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=81654

This is on separation anxiety, which could happen, because if this sweet boy has been in the shelter for a while you and your gf are the best things ever-of course he wouldn't want to be away from you.
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=117661

Teaching a dog to behave in front of others.
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=55980

This is a very important one (to me) NILIF (stands for nothing in life is free). Because of the nature of these dogs, they want a leader, this is how you become their leader.
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=59697

Also the Pit Bull Rescue Central website has some great info.
http://www.pbrc.net

Here's an article from there that talks about what to do/expect before bringing the dog home.
[urlhttp://pbrc.net/beforedog.html][/url]

I would also highly suggest (in time) getting Wesley's CGC (Canine Good Citizens) certificate and his TT (temperment test). A CGC is usually done by a local trainer, but info on the TT can be found at this website.

http://www.atts.org

Good Luck! And :welcome:

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Re: hello all!

Postby jamielvsaustin » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:07 am

Sorry about that, that broken link should be.
http://pbrc.net/beforedog.html

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Re: hello all!

Postby The Guy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:19 am

wow, thank you for that! i dont mind reading and re-reading information, thats how i learn! i want to be the best teacher i can be.

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Re: hello all!

Postby spammie » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:30 pm

He's a handsome boy. Thanks for giving him a home. The links above are really helpful, especially the 2 week shutdown. There's a lot of wisdom here on this board, ask questions as you need to.
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