Playing in the grass
In my opinion, Grace was a perfect dog breed to enjoy a long walk with. Clearly very much a people loving dog breed, she was quick to great me happily at the door; not seeming scared, intimidated, or shy towards me. Out for an hour long walk experience that we had together, she was eager to explore, run, and play with me. Because she was quite young (not a puppy but under five years of age), this breed seems to be over-energentic and over-hyper for exercise. Being such a muscular and strongly built dog, she didn’t seem to realize the type of pull and strain that was being used when learning how to be leash trained, walked on a leash, or during play with a human companion. However, after a few quick commands, she quickly learned to stick close by and not act spastically. She put together that if she ran, the leash would pull at her throat, which made her very uncomfortable. This observation tells me that the bread in question is intelligent and easy to train, if done correctly and humanely. From the time I had to study and get to know the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, I found that they are not stranger wary. Maybe because of their people loving qualities, she was eager and desired to meet every stranger that walked past us or were in her line of sight. If raised and trained in a loving environment, such as Grace was, she will not act like as much as a guard dog towards strangers. However, if not raised correctly, the pitbull breed will never back down from a fight, which is what gives them a bad rep. I have personally seen this behavior before. It is very sad and should be avoided, for the sake of the dog and the owner. Proper training may be hard with this breed, but the earlier to start the better when considering dog trainings. But this characteristic of harshness and aggression was never seen during my numerous experiences with different ages and genders of this dog breed. It was clear that she was raised in the company of other dogs, as she was calm and collected when passing by another. Personally, I have loved every experience with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I wouldn’t hesitate in adopting this breed for my own home. In my opinion, the more exposure to the breed, and other big dog breeds, the better! Therefore, you will be more comfortable and have more control over the dog. Take any chance you can with walking and caring for a bull!