Donna's Dog Training

In the Comfort & Convenience of your Own Home 

PIT BULL TRAINING

WE LOVE PITTIES & WE COME TO YOU * PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZED LESSONS!

Although we train all breeds, even wolf hybrids, we have a great passion for Pit Bulls (THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD BREED!).


We love and have trained numerous pitties from basic obedience, minor to severe behavioral modification, socialization, even fun trick training!

The best part is that our training method is humane, modern day, scientific, voluntary and reward based, and it works!!! 


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Many years ago, pit bulls were considered “Nanny dogs” because of their loyalty and gentleness toward their guardians. They were also once an American favorite, earning the title "America’s dog.”


Unfortunately, people soon found ways to exploit pit bulls’ behaviors and tendencies for dog fights, and their strong appearance became a symbol of violence, drug culture and gangs.


Today, pit bulls remain largely misunderstood because of irresponsible owners, sensationalist news stories, and a proliferation of myths. As a result, breed specific legislation (BSL) has popped up in cities across the U.S. that either greatly restricts or completely bans pit bull dogs as pets.


The stigma that marks pit bulls has also contributed to their extreme rise in U.S. shelters. One in four of all animals  brought into shelters are pit bulls, and their average euthanasia rate hovers at 93 percent across the board. 


However, if given the chance, pit bulls can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes!

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In 1898, the UKC (United Kennel Club) registered its first Bull and Terrier dog as the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) began registering the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1909. In 1936, the AKC (American Kennel Club), wanting to distance itself from the American Pit Bull Terrier’s fighting heritage, registered 50 UKC registered American Pit Bull Terrier dogs under the name of Staffordshire Terrier. The breed name was changed again in 1972 by the AKC to American Staffordshire Terrier to avoid confusion with England’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a breed not recognized by the AKC until 1974.

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PIT BULL FACTS AND FICTION

Pit Bulls have locking jaws - FICTION. 

Pit Bulls can't lock their jaws. Their jaws are constructed just like any other dog. In fact, if you take the x-ray of a Chihuahua and compare it to that of a Pit Bull, you will see that they are both the same except for the size difference.  According to the ASPCA, there is nothing “unique about the anatomy of a pit bull jaw.” What’s more, leading veterinary expert, including Dr. Howard Evans and Dr. Sandy de Lahunta of Cornell University, have stated that there is “no such thing as a ‘jaw locking’ in any breed'.  Pit bulls do indeed have strong jaw muscles and their fighting style is one that involves grabbing and shaking, but that does not mean once they get a grip they can’t or won’t let go.


Pit Bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite than other dogs - FICTION. 

Pit Bulls are no more vicious than Golden Retrievers, Beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That's as good or better than Beagles ... 78.2%, and Golden Retrievers ... 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do?  See for yourself - go to: www.ATTS.org. 


Pit Bulls are good with children - FACT. 

Pit Bulls always test high as one of the most stable breeds of dogs in the country. These statistics can be found with the American Temperament Test Society of the United States where they always fall as one of the top five most stable dogs. Because of this, they are extremely patient and tolerant of children.


All Pit Bulls will "snap" and attack a person sooner or later - FICTION.  
Pit Bulls are a very popular breed and rarely attack. Pit Bulls are very powerful animals, so when something does go wrong, it usually makes the news. Almost all Pit Bull attacks have involved unaltered Pit Bulls, so it is very important to have your Pit Bull spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Additionally, serious Pit Bull attacks rarely involve spayed/neutered Pit Bulls who have received proper training and socialization.

Pit Bulls are good dogs for apt./condo living - FACT. 

Though Pit Bulls are athletic and love to get out and play, if they had their druthers, they would be sleeping on the couch, 24/7. They are short coated dogs and do not do well outside in the cold weather or very hot weather. They don't shed too much and are easily groomed, thus making them the ultimate indoor dog.


"Red nose" Pit Bulls are more aggressive - FICTION. 

Are blondes dumb? Do redheads have a quicker temper? Of course not. "Red nose" is simply a color/style. They have a lighter pigment such as a pinkish nose with yellow/green eyes. They act no different than black, brindle, or white Pit Bulls.


Pit Bulls are easy to train - FACT. 

Extremely easy to train. All they want to do is please you. As they are so sensitive to your feelings, verbal training comes easily with this breed.


Pit Bulls cannot be with other dogs and/or cats - FICTION. 
This is probably the biggest misconception and biggest misunderstanding when it comes to this breed. With proper training and handling, your Pit Bull can learn to live peacefully in the company of other dogs and often cats as well.

Pit Bulls are born to fight - FICTION.

Pit bull dogs are not born ready to rip into another dog, animal or human being. They are trained to fight by people who are interested in making a profit and providing “entertainment” in the form of a dog fight. These dogs are forced to fight to the death in many instances, and those who cannot go on are abandoned, or killed by electrocution, gunshot, or other cruel means. It is then not the dogs who are cruel and vicious, but rather those behind their training.


Pit Bulls are naturally violent, aggressive and mean, and are very dangerous dogs - FICTION.

Pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. Like any other dogs, they can become violent, aggressive and mean through a lack of training, abuse, neglect and irresponsible ownership and breeding as well as a lack of attention to health and temperament issues. If they are treated with respect and trained properly, pit bulls will exhibit little to no negative traits (just ask a loving pit bull adopter!) In fact, according to the American Temperament Test Society, American Pit Bull Terriers, the most popular breed used in dog fights, have a very high temperament passing rate of 82.6 percent. Even dogs commonly thought to be kind and gentle (and they are with the right care) like Bearded Collies and Chihuahuas scored lower than American Pit Bull Terriers.


Pit Bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. 


Please evaluate your lifestyle before taking on the responsibility of a pit bull.

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See: http://www.pitbulltruth.org/what-is-a-pit-bull/