i'm a fan of Morning Call columnist, Paul Carpenter. for the second week in a row now, he has taken on the pit nutter propaganda machine. in this week's column "Dog ferocity is breeding, not training", Paul Carpenter asks "Can you train a pit bull to point?"
"Until somebody shows me pit bulls that have been trained to point, I'll stick to my view that it's breeding, not training, that makes them what they are. And I'll stick to my view that people who decide to buy pit bulls, when they have many breeds from which to choose, do so for reasons other than wanting to have a nice family pet."
one of my mixed breed dogs points. i didn't teach him that, he just started doing it one day around the age of 2. when he is in the point, i can't break the spell. i have him seen hold a point for over 10 minutes. it's pretty impressive. he has a fabulous nose and is faster than lightening. he can catch any mouse, rat, squirrel, rabbit that he sets his mind to, but he won't kill them - no matter how much i encourage him to do so (i have a rat problem). the second the rodent squeals, he releases. but if his quarry is disoriented enough, my slow clumsy malamute mix is right there for the kill. i didn't teach him to do that either.
Carpenter's question prompted me to resurrect an old blog post from last summer.
originally published august 5, 2010
watch the video again but this time substitute the word POINT with the word FIGHT, substitute the word POINTER with the word FIGHTER and substitute the word HUNTING with the word FIGHTING.