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Pit Bulls, Pit Bull Related Issues & Vicious Dogs
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Pit Bulls, Pit Bull Related Issues & Vicious Dogs

Many in our community have expressed concerns regarding Pit Bulls.  We encourage anyone with these concerns to please follow these steps:

o   Types of Aggression

§  Most commonly, signs of outward aggression are growling, snarling, curling lips, and biting.

§  Common dog behaviors like mounting people, lunging, blocking your path, and barking can also be types of aggression in dogs.

o   Reasons for Aggression

§  Dominance

·         Dogs are pack animals, so they will often try to establish themselves as the alpha dog in the group.

·         Herding dogs may even try to establish dominance over small children by "herding them" which may involve small nips at their ankles

·         Male dogs may try to establish dominance by trying to mount members of the family.

§  Territorial or possessive

·         Dogs often have a sense of territory, even over people, and do not like to share. If they feel their territory is being breached or that family members are in danger, many of the aggressive behaviors will occur.

§  Fear

·         A fearful dog's first response will usually be to put its tail between its legs, pull its ears back, and look away, or it will even run.

·         If a dog feels cornered, it may lash out with growling, snarling, and even biting.

·        Help prevent dog bites to you and your neighbors by following these tips:

o   If you own a dog, keep it securely confined on your property so it can’t escape.

o   If your dog is off your property, have it on a leash at all times.

o   If you encounter a strange dog, do not run! A dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch prey.

o   If you run, you are encouraging the dog to chase you.

o   If a strange dog approaches you, don’t scream. Avoid direct eye contact with the dog. Try and remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. 


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Download this file (Columbus City Code Chapter 2327 - Animals.pdf)Columbus City Code Chapter 2327 - AnimalsCity of Columbus Codes as they relate to animals, to include vicious animals.43 Kb
Download this file (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.11, 955.22D, and 955.22E.pdf)Ohio Revised Code Section 955.11, 955.22D, and 955.22EOhio Revised Codes as they relate to Pit Bull Dogs23 Kb
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