The Rat Terrier is an all around family dog, versatile hunter, and loyal companion. I enjoy both the Standard and "Decker Line" Rat Terrier.

 

I focus on socialization, health, and temperament. 

My philosophy is

a socialized puppy = happy!

 

Why Is Puppy Socialization Important?

Socialized puppies usually develop into safer, more relaxed and enjoyable family members. This is because they're more comfortable in a wider variety of situations than poorly socialized dogs, so they're less likely to behave fearfully or aggressively when faced with something new. 

 

The puppy starts out socializing with the mother and the litter, limiting excitement in the first few weeks.  We live in an active area with a mill close by and a train.  Semi-trucks, equipment, and train noises can be heard off in the distance.  We have neighborly cows, goats, and sheep.  On our property, we have four cats that are always extremely interested and social with the puppies.  We are often using our small tractor, lawnmower, using power tools, saws or working on motorcycles.  

Before your pup leaves, the pup will have interacted with at least ten different people, children, other dogs, cats, wagon rides, and exposed to water through sprinklers and baths. 

There is a balance, and they need to be comfortable during their fear period, but my ultimate goal is that your new puppy will be able to adapt to most environments and feel confident and comfortable.

I produce hearty dogs excellent for hiking, hunting, camping, travel or farm life. My pups are active and prefer to live the life of a dog with the ability to catch a rodent or two and have the opportunity to play. They are very vocal at times and highly intelligent. Due to their high energy,

 

I do not recommend them for non-active homes.

 

All my pups are 25 - 30+ pounds and have sturdy legs. 

 

I encourage you to jump on the Larger Rat Terrier Facebook Group and ask how folks like their Pitts Family Rat Terrier

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LargerRatTerriers/