Formal training is extremely important for any dog, and especially crucial for pit bull type dogs. It is imperative for them to learn to demonstrate their fine characteristics, so that each individual dog can be considered an ambassador for the breed. Together as “owners” it is our responsibility to increase awareness of their great qualities and loving nature. There is no better indicator of our dogs’ boundless virtues than their behavior.
Human aggression is not a normal trait and should never be tolerated under any circumstance. But it is important to note that dog/animal aggression is inherent in this “breed”. Though it can managed, it cannot be loved or trained out of a dog.
At PittieLove Rescue, we support only the most humane, science-based, positive training methods that are force and fear-free. Training is an integral part of your relationship with your dog and should be rooted in communication, compassionate, and trust.
We strongly caution against the use of aversive and punishment-based techniques and equipment. Veterinary and animal welfare professionals agree:
Position Statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) on The Use of Punishment For Behavior Modification in Animals
Reasons to Take Off the Prong Collar from San Francisco SPCA
Position Statement on the Use of Shock Collars by Kathy Sdao, Applied Animal Behaviorist, Author
Please choose a certified dog trainer or behavior consultant who uses only positive, force and fear-free methods. Ask your trainer if they subscribe to the Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive Approach (LIMA).
Find a Trainer or Behavior Consultant in Your Area:
New England Dog Trainers Network – Find a Trainer or Behavior Consultant
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) – Find a Trainer
The Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) – Find a Trainer
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Find a Behavior Consultant
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) – Find a Trainer
The Academy for Dog Trainers (ADT) – Find a Trainer
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