Do Pitbulls Turn on Their Owners? How Often and Why?

Do Pitbulls Turn on Their Owners? How Often and Why?

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Do Pitbulls turn on their owners? Pitbull attacks on their owners are extremely rare. Pitbulls, by default, have a loving and loyal demeanor but can attack their owners under certain circumstances.

Pitbull remain one the loveliest pets around the globe. Asides from guarding their food, protecting themselves, or repelling extremal threats, other factors that make a Pitbull brutal may be caused by its owner. They include becoming aggressive when they are faced with threats, fear, attacks, abuse, or negligence. Attacks from Pitbulls are usually caused by the owner’s negligence and poor socializing, which is a good recipe for ruthlessness.

Let’s learn more about what makes Pitbulls attack their owners, and what to do in the face of an attack.

Do Pitbulls Turn on Their Owners

Do Pitbulls turn on their owners?

While stories of Pitbulls attacking their owners are not frequent, they are not rare either. Pitbulls can become highly dangerous and capable of murder. This is however, heavily dependent on how you train your dog while it’s young. A Pitbulls that lacks proper training is potential danger as it can cause serious bodily injury. And unless such Pitbulls are euthanized, they might continue their attack spree.

Unless they are severely provoked, it is very rare for Pitbulls to attack their owners or kill them. They usually launch more attacks on outsiders than their owners.

What mainly causes Pitbulls to attacks is holding back something that makes them excited. Desist from playing with your dog in this manner, and you don’t have to deal with dog bites. And perhaps what is considered the safest is leaching your Pitbull while outdoor and occasionally while indoors. This is reduce fatal incidents of bites at all times when provoked.

What makes pit bulls attack their owners?

Most of the time, Pitbull parents are responsible for their dog’s violent behavior. While Pitbulls are known to peace lovers, they can become aggressive due to the owner’s negligence, hostility, abuse, or lack of training.

Let’s discuss the possible reasons why a Pitbull would want to attack its owner.

1. Lack of training

Like every other animal, Pitbulls can become violent and dangerous when they are mad. Not training your dog properly can enable this uncouth behavior. That is why owners are advised to commence training their dogs from as early as 2 to 4 months of age.

Also, during training, present yourself and the alpha or master before your dog. This sends a strong message to him immediately of who’s in charge. Do not make the mistake of not issuing a strong command to your dog during training as they tend to become unruly when there’s no one to give them instructions.

You can also consider hiring a professional trainer to train your Pitbull if you are not up to it. Only strict training sessions can prevent Pitbulls from being aggressive.

2. Poor socialization

A Pitbulls owner who does not socialize their dogs is preparing them to be violent. Your family is not safe from a pit bull that is poorly socialized, which is the main reason behind attacks.

Pitbulls are muscular and sturdy which makes them always prepared for violence in the face of a slight threat or fear. Socialism ensures that Pitbulls do not attack anyone including their owners

3. Abuse and negligence

Many Pitbull owners make the mistake of not deliberately monitoring their Pitbull to put any ruthless behavior in check. Sometimes, they punish their dogs in a very aggressive manner when dog owners become aggressive toward their dogs, they inadvertently breed violent behavior and hate in their dogs.

Also, negligence of Pitbull dog’s temperament and health can enable attacking behavior in them

How do I get my pitbull to stop biting?

  • Be Stern with Commands. When your bulldog behaves aggressively, a stern “No!” will put him in check. Pitbulls, like every other dog, love to please their owners and would do anything to achieve that. However, this command has to be practiced with your dog in his puppy days (2-3 months of age). You don’t want to wait until he’s grown and violent before you start giving commands.
  • Adequate Exercise. One of the reasons why your dog keeps growling and being nasty may be due to excessive energy in him. Regular exercise is a good outlet for your dog to release its energy so it doesn’t become violent at the slightest provocation. At least two hours of rigorous outdoor exercise will suffice.
  • Curb Food Aggression in Time. food aggression can become uncontrollable in your dog when he’s already grown and has become part of his habit. Therefore, it is advised that you curb this behavior from a tender age. Pick your dog’s food and take it away from him for a few minutes. Repeat this action from time to time until your Pitbull does not display any form of aggression anymore.

How do you stop a pitbull from attacking you?

If you are confronted by an unleashed bulldog, you can follow any of the following suggestions to ensure safety.

1. Avoid eye contact

If you maintain eye contact with a Pitbull that’s about to attack you, he’ll mistake it for play. In his thoughts, you want to play. Avoiding eye contact sends him a signal that you are interested in whatever it is he’s trying to do. Before long, he’ll lose interest and walk away.

2. Cross your arm

Before a Pitbull attacks you, it reads your body language. It if looks like you are giving him the upper hand, he takes advantage of it. When faced with an aggressive bulldog, cross your arms and don’t move. Remember to not make eye contact, lest he takes it as a challenge.

3. Move slowly

Dogs are sensitive to body language, so, running away from a visibly aggressive Pitbull means you are in for play (or fight, in this case). Therefore, if you can’t stand firm without moving, consider moving slowly backward.

Don’t turn your back on him as it may embolden the Pitbull. The aggressive dog will lose interest if it sees that you are moved shaken by his growling or barking.

4. Climb on a high platform

If possible, find and climb on any raised platform such as a high cupboard, a tree, or any other object in the area where the attack is going on. Some Pitbulls just jump as high as two meters but can’t climb.

5. Carry dog deterrent

Sometimes, the above precautionary measures may not seem to work on a Pitbull that is bent on being nasty. A dog deterrent may be handy in this situation. A dog deterrent can be anything from a dog treat to a spray and it’s easily carried on the body.

This may include:

a. Whistle with a sharp note or ultrasonic

Dogs have very sensitive hearing and a whistle with a high pitch or ultrasonic may deter an aggressive dog

b. Dog treats

When you are face to face with bark and bite Pitbull throwing him a treat will make him abandon his initial mission and run after the treat rather than you. This is perhaps the most effective precautionary measure.

c. Pepper spray

Pepper spray comes in different sizes; they are available in waistband clips and pocket-size. They are known to be very effective to send dogs away during an attack.


As a Pitbull owner, you should know that your Pitbull is not being aggressive for anything. There is certainly some traces of neglect on your part during his puppy days.

Endeavor to teach your Pitbull to be a good canine citizen from a young age to reduce fatal dog attack incidents on yourself and the society at large.

Dr. Rebecca Black

Dr. Rebecca Black is an absolute gem of a Veterinarian. She brings decades of experience to Handy Pets Guide and has overflowing talent and passion for breeding and caring for pets, their people, and the team around her. Dr. Sophia was born and raised in Columbiana, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After earning her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1980. She has experience of over 3 decades and is very happy to share them. Her goal is to give pets all over the world a better life and to recommend the best tips, advice, and also recommend the best product for every pet owner.

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