Dog attacks--why do they continue to undermine the breed?

Submitted by rebeccajoshuaoshea on Sat, 07/24/2010 - 16:45

My mother called me today to warn me about an attack that happened Thursday, killing a 2 year old. I read this on the CNN website...she then told me to get a life-like baby that cries, to bring around my dog, before my husband and I decide to have kids.

I am having a really difficult time being kind/courteous toward people who are "just warning me." I want to tell them all to "mind their own business." And then when I took O'Shea with me to a Humane Society sponsored event, so he could meet more dogs...someone there (an older couple) asked me what kind of dog he was, and when I replied pit bull, they both took huge steps backward and brushed their hands in a "oh, no" motion.

GOSH! Ok, I just needed to post something here...and wanted to kind of know what others have experienced--thanks for your time. I love this site...and I love my PIT BULL O'Shea. :)

ahhh sounds familiar!! same thing happens to me. my parents are constantly warning me about my dog. i have four kids and the youngest is 3. i mean if i had the chance to adopt another dog.. it would be a pit bull again... as a matter of fact i just adopted another pit.
i have never seen sweeter dogs than these!!
i strongly believe it is not the breed, it is the owner and if you are responsible, this breed is like no other with small kids. my kids do with my dogs whatever they wish!! incredible, they ride him as a horse, chase them, throw them on the floor... you name it, they've done it!! i'm always around because even if they are good dogs, they are still animals, but believe me when i say they are the best.

something else, get yourself some web pages (including this one) and every time someone talks to you bad about pits, just email them the page. I'm sure your mom is afraid because she hears many things, just like mine, but share with her more information about these dogs and i'm sure she'll understand there is a reason why they are called NANNY DOGS!!

My husband's uncle commented on a photo album we had made up on another web page, and basically told us to not have a child during the duration of our dog's life--that "losing a child will hollow a person out; you'll never be able to forgive yourself." After that, my husband and I searched for various websites concerning the pit bull breed--and sent them all to him. And the only reply we received was "hmm, so you used a website (www.pitbullregistry.com, or something like that; had the word 'pitbull' in it) that has the word 'pitbull' in it; think they're a little biased." It was ridiculous--and then he added "if I wanted to info about music, I'd go to www.choralsociety (or something similar), DUH." Ah, I love ignorant people! GOSH

But thank you for your comment. I believe my husband and I are doing all the right things in bringing our pit up. He is being socialized, exercised, has gone through basic obedience classes, and as soon as another opportunity arises, we will enroll him in advanced classes. :)

Trust me, I've had similar problems. My favorite is when people cross the street when we are walking by or snatch up their children and put the death grip on them as is my boys will eat them! My boys love people but are generally uninterested in the random passerby. They only seem to be interested in people that are willing to scratch them behind the ears for extended periods of time. I love the almost dissappointed look on people's faces when they freak out over my dogs and my dogs don't even notice them. Everybody's an expert on dog attacks it seems but no one wants to hear that labs, golden retrievers, poodles, chows, etc. bite more people every year then Pits do. Just not fair.

Since I don't have a fenced yard, my pits are inside the house, but every time i'm going to sweep and mop (which takes me around 30 minutes) I chain my dog in the back yard with a 15ft chain. i do this only for the time i have to sweep and mop!!

my back home neighbor told me last week that if he sees my dog again, he will shoot him.

he even called animal services on me because he says he gets scared every time he sees my dog (AS I MENTIONED, TIED TO THE CHAIN IN "MY BACKYARD" AND ONLY 30 OR LESS MINUTES). and the officer from animal services told me that all it takes for a person to report you is to say they got scared.

my dog has never attacked him and as Smart0811, has never paid attention or looked at that man.

"my back home neighbor told me last week that if he sees my dog again, he will shoot him."

What a jackass...

Tell him that whatever happens to your dog will happen to him.

Better yet, report his threat to the Police. Tell them you're scared! ;-)

That's ridiculous! Our dog is usually never interested in anybody who isn't interested in him. If people walk the other way or go to the other side of the street, he just keeps prancing along, smiling all the way.

And why don't people realize that, if you allow a dog to approach you and he/she is wagging their tail, that means they are HAPPY?? Since when did a wagging tail mean hate? Some humans...I know we've all made mistakes, but if you're going to have these opinions, be able to back it up some way. I have not met a single person who has these views who has been able to express to me reasons based on personal experiences; it's usually "oh, I read on the news" or "I heard it through the grapevine."

I'm just grateful we have sites, such as these, where we can lift each other up, share stories, and spread good word about this breed. Honestly, this dog is the best animal I've ever had; other dogs never allow me to grab things out of their mouth, but I open his jaws and grab things he shouldn't have in there--brush his teeth--he's just the sweetest thing, and will continue to be so when we have children.

I am so tired of the media hyping up all the Pit Bull stories. There are 100's of dog attacts that occur everyday, but for some reason the media only likes to show the ones involving pit bulls. Why not cover ALL breads, and leave these dogs alone. The puplic would not fear these dogs soo much, if the dogs werent shown to be such "killers". Its almost like they are tryin to brain wash everyone into thinking these dogs are completely mean! in my opinion its just a bunch of garbage. Any dog can be mean and aggressive, but you dont see people jumping out of the way when a golden retriever or black lab walk down the street. when i walk my 2 dogs, people grab ahold of their kids, pick them up, and get completely off the sidewalk. its terrible, because my dogs love to play with kids, so of course when they see one, they want to walk up to it and play! they dont understand why people are running away from them. Its Terrible!!! i really hope one day, things will change and these dogs can be allowed back into society, and stop being feared!

My fiance and I are waiting on our baby pit bull puppy to arrive. We will be getting him/her in a few weeks. Ive told a few people about this and the look on their faces makes me want to slap them. Its funny that the people who have the strongest opinions about pits have had NO experiece or personal contact with them. When I told my bosses about getting the pup, they went into this huge lecture about how we shouldnt have kids because the pit will kill the child. Then the next day, they had clipped out a newspaper clipping that said "Pit bull kills child!" and put it on my desk. I took the article, crumpled it up and literaly threw it in their face. The bad rep that pits get is so pathetic!!

I wish we were able to get our pit when he was a puppy...but actually, we were pretty lucky to have a stray that was treated so well. Obedience classes definitely help, and when your pit bull is out on walks, people see how well behaved they are, and seem surprised. Often times, we've witnessed, too...people don't even know he's a pit bull, but because his ears are cropped, that gives it away. I agree it's so pathetic, but what we as responsible owners can do is spread the good word about this breed. Our pit bull has been the only dog we've been able to a) give a bath easily, b) open his jaw (yes, so called "locking jaws" we can open) and get junk out of his mouth, and c) STAND and stay while waiting for a treat and or his food.

yeah when be my brothere and my cousin were out side with are pit a guy came up into are yard and yelled at us for not haveing him on a leash and he was guy must be blind and then are dog started licking me and h e said be carefull he is going to eat you and your family

EEEK! I know what all of you are talking about! As long as we have pit bulls, we will continue to get this. As hard as it is, you have to just brush it off and go about your business. You can't act the fool in front of strangers who shy away from your dog, as that will just feed into their stereotype of pit bull owners. It is up to us on how we care for our dogs, how our children behave around dogs, and so many other things. Learning dog communication and body language is SO important when owning a dog. If more people knew that, a lot of attacks could be thwarted.

The media is all about sensationalism. That is their job. They pick something and run with it. Pit bulls are the dog of choice right now. Year ago is was the Rotties, Dobermans, and the German Shephers. Great Danes were even on the list. You will never see a news story about small dogs and how they have hurt and killed babies. Nope. No one wants to tarnish the image of the family dog. So, let's pick on other dogs. Join KC Dog Blog for real news stories and updates on BSL, other dog bites, and so much more. It is a valuable resource for us.

People have a generalization of pit bull owners. They are thugs, they are this, they are that. Nope. I am a college-educated, married woman in her 30s. I live in a nice neighborhood, own my house, drive nice SUVs, and play tennis. Am I a yuppie? I guess I am if you want to call me that, and darn straight that I own a pit bull mix. I doubt that many of us on here fit the media stereotype. It is up to us to keep it that way. I admit, it does hurt when people shy away from my dog, but I just chalk it up to ignorance and too much attachment to the media, and move on.

One thing I do to help portray a better image is to make my dog look more approachable. When we go places, she wears a bandana (we have MANY of different colors, shapes, etc. ). She even has one that is embroidered and says "My name is Kayla". If it is cold out, she wears a cute coat and a scarf. She has pleasant collars (NO spikes or studs), and fun leashes. My brother-in-law even bought her Doggles sunglasses. But I will tell you what, people are MUCH more willing to stop, pet her, and talk to me if she looks approachable. When they ask what breed she is, I tell them that she is a pit mix, and they remark about how cute she looks. You want to portray a softer image for your dog.

Kayla also has a dog back pack that she wears that has patches that say "Ask to pet me. I'm Friendly" and "In Training". She is a therapy dog in training. I have noticed that it catches peoples attention and I get more smiles than anything.

It is all about how you present yourself and how you present your dog.

OMG. I just continue to ramble on. SO SORRY!

When my puppy gets older, he's going to get a studded collar- A pink studded collar :) I saw one at the pet supply store and it was the perfect shade to go with his gray (okay, blue) fur.

I also can't wait until he's big enough that I can buy him a cowboy hat.

your right about the small dogs not to long ago in portalberni canada a pomeranian attacked and killed i 2 week old babby you could only find it online not on tv i laugh at alot of the news reports on pit attacks it will say a pittbull atacked blah blah and it will show the dog and ill be like what the hell thats not a pitbull

As sad as it is pitbulls are generally outlawed by the community, for the simple fact that people are uneducated...I am sorry for your heart wrenching situation you were placed in all based on the breed of your dog...seems like it would be right as a free country to have laws protecting these loving animals and protecting them from being discriminated against. Through out my whole life Ive been a dog lover and through out the years it was always"aww what a cute dog"..now I own my first pitbull and it seems like everyones first words are"is it gonna bite or dont let it by me"...WOW...My 8 year old son wanted to bring Marley into his 3rd grade class for show and tell...teacher didnt mind;but dut to the schools code pitbulls are one of the 3 breeds not allowed on the premises at all. I transport my children back & forth to school and its a shame that I cant choose to bring my dog with me in my car that I paid for and wait in it for my son to get outta school....Sorry such a long response but I totally feel ya and sadly i feel it happens to probably every pit owner. No pit is BAD if it acts out its because it was taught or provoked to do so just as any other animal...research shows golden retrievers are more aggressive than pitbulls so what does that say!!! Kuddos to my fellow pit supporters and to all you who abuse and mistreat these blessings from God i feel sorry for you and your ignorance.

I used to have a Golden Retriever and a big pit mutt growing up. The Golden would try to eat/snap at our cats, and the pit would move to get between them. Not aggressing, just being very conspicuously in the way.

She was also the one to "mother" every stray litter of kittens that came through. And she'd let the ferrets clamp on her jowls with their teeth and hang from her. She'd just sit and whine and look at us until we noticed that she was being picked on and we'd have to rescue the 100-odd pound (fatty) from two ferrets who weighed in under a pound each.

There are a select few in our community who take notice of how sweet and cuddly our pup really is. When we walk him outside in this nasty winter weather (yeah, he hates it sometimes, but he has to potty somewhere, lol), he wears a coat and booties, and at school I always hear teachers ask me, "hey, is that your dog wearing that coat and booties?" And after I reply "yes," they say, "Oh, he is the most handsome thing ever!" He still gets real excited around kids--trying to work on the not jumping up on people thing, but other than that..he just wants to lick your face until you can't take it anymore, haha.

Towards the dog attack situation dogs anyone ever care to put how many times a chiauhaha has attacked a kid and or adult? People have died from getting attacked by a chiauhaha.

I can't help you with statistics there but I can tell you that my Pit was racing around with a pug at the dog park this morning and they were both having a blast!

They're dogs just like any other dog. THey need supervision and training. Unfortunately the media needs a scapegoat.

Maybe this site has what you're looking for? http://www.atts.org/

Haven't been on here for awhile...but in the news in IA there have been LOTS of stories on, get this, PIT BULL ATTACKS?! What? Dare they report anything about a LAB or POODLE attack? Guess not...but that's not going to sway my husband and I one way or the other. Our dog is a PIT BULL, and pretty darn proud of it! Has been through training, is NEVER without some sort of supervision, and is the most lovable dog we have ever known or owned. Here's a story that's posted on FB, for anyone wanting to read:

A few weeks ago, her owner let her outside to go to the bathroom, but Kibbles (female pit) kept going out behind the barn and barking like crazy! Kibble's owner didn't want to make the trek through the mud and cold to see what was going on and just called Kibbles back into the house.

Later that night, Kibbles went outside for another bathroom break and again went back to the barn and was barking like crazy. This time, when her owner called her back to the house, Kibbles was not alone! Gently clutched in her mouth was...a PUPPY!!!!! (a VERY large puppy!)

Kibbles was carefully carrying Bianca, a beautiful white husky mix puppy, who was only about 6 weeks old but weighed almost 15 pounds!!! That's quite a mouthful!!!

Assuming that this puppy had been dumped on her farm, Kibble's owner took the pup in, bathed, fed and cared for her. A few weeks later, she and Kibbles brought Bianca to the shelter so that we could find the loving permanent home she deserves.

Lo and behold, it has happened!! Bianca will go home with a loving family later this week. But I wanted to retell the story of this gentle, loving pitbull and how she saved the life of a pup who had been recklessly abandoned on someone's farm.

The journey shared between these two loving creatures shows us how compassionate, nurturing and instinctive our canine friends can truly be! Thank you Kibbles for being Bianca's guardian angel and best of luck to Bianca in her new home! :)

My Wife works at our local animal sheler and a Shi Tzu was surrendered today because it bit the owners daughter in the face. Six stitches were required to close the wound.
That never gets reported either, "journalists" just laugh it off.

Im an owner of 2 Pitbulls, and a Mom to 3 kids ages 7.4,3 , and 2 of them have ADHD.  Our dogs are the best things ever for the kids, because they (dogs Duke & Steel) are energetic and super compassionate.  Because the kids are super active the dogs keep up with them all day long whether is fetch, soccer, swimming, but the dogs are more then willing to hang out on the couch and cuddle.  Duke (4/dog ) was top of his Obedience Class ,and Steel (1) is starting in May, and I have high hopes for him as well at taking top spot too :)   Therapy Certication is starting this summer, and I hope to volunteer with them.  They love kids, old people, other animals, and dress up in silly costumes ( the kids love to dress them up ) and are highly obedient & intelligent animals, what's not to love about the breed!  I grew up with the breed and Rottis as well, and Im not ashamed to admit, Chows, cocker spanials and weiner dogs scare the shit outta me.  If I could count the number of times Ive been chased by one out walking my dogs.....   but a bad dog is usually the result of a irresponsible owner!  I will always own a Pitbull so as long as I live, and my kids proably will too :)

AMEN!! I'm pretty sure my husband and I will love no other dog like we do the APBT! :) Everywhere we went today, people commented on how well-behaved he was, and how fit he is...and then they ask what breed he is, and we tell 'em he's a APBT...all of them had the same reaction--it's all in how you treat them!

Takes all of us out there, in whatever communities we may be, to spread the good word about the breed!! :) Bless you and your pits!!!

Hello everyone!  I'm new to the community but I wanted to share my 2-cents on some things I read here. 

First, Rebeccajoshuaoshea, what we did when we had out pit before our baby was bring a blanket home from the hospital before the baby so Chiba(the dog) could smell it and learn the new smell in the house.  We also made the baby's room off limits.  When we did bring Emma home, Chiba welcomed her with a sniff then went back to her spot on the couch.  She would actually wake me up if Emma was running a fever or something during the night and we were all sleeping (Emma included). 

tere047, I would have called the police and reported a threat.  Nobody is going to shoot my dog in my own back yard. 

Also, my friends had little dogs when we were little and I was scared of them.  They would growl and bite.  My family had Rotts and they never showed teeth to anyone unless you threatened a member of our family.  One of my friends actually had her nose bitten off by her Shi'tzu.  That was never in the news.

My pit is still a puppy so when we are walking, she still has the 'puppy appeal' but some people still look at me like I'm crazy.  People ask me if she's a Boxer a LOT.  I always tell them she's a Pit, and their demeanor with her changes.  All she wants is love.

I googled this site because I have a pitbull and I have questions...and nowhere to turn!  My dog's name is Maximus he is 6 months old.  We got him for Christmas and have had no problems with him and my 3 babies (4, 3, and 2 years old).  He loves the stuffing outta them and they love him back.  Today, however, my husband's nephews came over and my dog gets over excited when we have company.  He proceeded to jump on him despite my husbands calls.  I know my dog was only trying to "love" him, but the boy got very scared and began spining around, my dog put the boy's arm in his mouth and when the boy spun he bit down!!  I felt so horrible for the boy, he was hurt and scared!!  I don't know what to do...Max has never done anything like that before (the biting I mean).  He always jumps on people when they come over and we yell at him and send him to his bed, but this was outside in our yard.  Now my father-in-law wants to shoot my dog!!  He says that Max now has a taste for blood and he will "go crazy" and want to bite all of the time.  Could this be true?  

@Mama loves Maximus      We seem to experience the same "excitedness" of which you speak with our pitbull. However, if I notice that kids are too excited, I remove O'Shea from the situation, as I know that often the people who are super excited are way young and couldn't handle his excited nature. But I always try to educate people when they greet him, "You first should put out your hand, so he can sniff you...and I'll bring him to you. Be sure to pet him -here or there-, as sometimes he doesn't like being pet around his nose..." those sort of things. I know people will sometimes say "I know how to approach a dog," but I think pits are a little different, in that they ARE high energy dogs, and if someone doesn't know how to approach them, they could get hurt. And it's NOT because it's in the pit nature to hurt someone--because that's BOLOGNA!

Has you done different training exercises with your pup? I know ours still attempts on jumping up on people, but we use commands such as "down" and "sit..." keep it simple, with a real stern voice, and if he doesn't comply, we place him in the other room....or, if you're outside with the dog, is he on a chain of some kind? I am sure you're taking all the steps necessary to be a responsible owner--I'm just trying to think of all the things I'd try to do to keep the people I love, and my dog, safe :)

I do hope you're able to find lots of help on this site. I'm a new owner (have had O'Shea for a year now), and am learning new things every day. Do consult people here--many have such good information to share, it's wonderful!

@rebeccajoshuaoshea I was so distraught at the thought of my dog being shot at when I wrote this.  Reading it now I see how ignorant I sound to think that he would become a blood thirsty crazed animal!! LOL  I do usually keep him on a leash when he's in the yard because we don't have a fence yet!  And I also have trained him to sit and get down when he jumps (it's a work in progress).  For the most part he does as he's told which is why we were so shocked that he bit the boy!!  My dog just got over excited, unfortunately the boy paid the price :(   We have since spoken to the boy and his mother and everyone has calmed down (thank God)!!  I've been browsing around the site and came across some training advice in regards to jumping and I've been trying to use some of the advice that I've read, so far so good :)  Thank God for sites like this one!!

Well this will bring a smile to a lot of us on this site.

My pitbull 's name is Faith. My son named her due to the person that introduce Faith and us was a different religion and we were devote Christians.

Sad to say, my friends did not like that I had this type of dog.  I honestly was not liking her either.  As I work in the local school system, I have seen our youth being misunderstood.  That is what I have learned from this breed.

Since I decided to keep her, I instantly placed her in classes.  The trainer was very impressed on how she was sooo sweet.  She moved from puppy, intermediate, now to advance.  She has her AKC CGC, and is a service dog for me.  She is my medical alert dog, since I suffer from a lot of things. 

She goes with me to the grocery stores, and 90% of the time she is so my best friend. She has changed my family and friends mind of the breed.  She is now a working dog to change the public view.  One store employee told me to write the local press to show that the breed is a good breed.  I recently read that our Famous Helen Kellar had this type of breed as a family dog.  Look at the lil' Rascals kids was around Petey the Pitbull.  Even so Roosevelt has his presidental dog was a WHAT???? At the White House, a Pitbull.  So the Pitbull owners if our famous society had them, give the history of our breed.  I guess FAITH is going to give us hope.  My 13 yr old son has also learned how to be a great parent to her with the responsiblity of the care of her. 

Faith has brought a lot of joy to my family.  Thanks to all love this breed!

I unfortunately found out how evil this breed is first hand. A pitbull came onto my property, into my garage and heartlessly murdered my defenseless 5 pound poodle. Anyone that defends this monstrous breed is ignorant, why would you purposely own a cold blooded, overly aggressive beast? There is a reason that several countries have banned the breed entirely.

Wow!  Are you prejudiced against people too?  I'm really sorry to know you are blaming a whole breed - for the act of one dog.  As a four-year old girl, my hand was bitten by a poodle, yet I am still incredibly sorry to learn of your loss.  Also, I have scars on my right leg from where a German Shepard bite me while riding my bike as a teenager.  Did my parents sue on either account - NO!!!  You really should understand that you cannot blame a whole race for the bad acts of one!!!

And to the people ignorant enough to say that pitbulls have been unfairly made a media scapegoat, facts and statistics don't lie, pitbulls attack and kill almost three times more often than any other dog.

first off lets get the facts straight .. I would like to know where it is you live are you in a big city or on the out skirts.. also there are dogs that are just as big and bigger that would eat your poodle .. I own 2 pits and a german shepard and i will bet any money on it that your dog got scared and attacked the pit .. they dont start fights but will fight to win ... also it is the responsability of the person that owns the dog to keep it undercontrol.. at all times when my dogs are home they are inside with me and when i let them out i am watching them at all times .. this goes for all dogs they should never be left to sit in the yard unsupervised... dogs escape mine have gotten out and i immediatly chase her or him down and bring them back .. stray dogs in the big cities are not pets they are like any other animal surviving in the world . I am sorry that you lost a pet ... but how do you know it was a pitbull every time there is a attack if it has a musclcular body and a square blocky shaped head its a pitbull there are alot of dogs that are mixes with your faimly friend golden labs and yellow labs.. also labs have blocky heads if they are a true full bread dog.. there are way to many variables to say that all pitbulls are evil killers that is just ignorant .. people kill everyday so are alkl people evil killers... as for pits kill more than any other dog they are a strong powerfull dog and are being over breed and when you have more running around there are going to be more attacks by the so called pitbull.. also how is a shitzu going to kill anything that can fight back so of course there will be more damage done by any of the larger breed dogs.. my sisters golden retriever bit my daughter in the face for no reason other than she stuck her face down near his.. and if i wasnt there could the dog tried to attack her furthewr yes but i grabbed her and scruffed him to his side .. i dont trust any dog big or small around kids ever .. my dogs are supervised around my smaller children at all times or they are in there kennel... comes down to one thing responsible owners .. please take your hate and bring it to the poodle forum we dont want to here it in here you are evidently ignorant and narrow minded.. oh check your info also you may not like what you find but pits are way lower on the bite list than many other dogs and that a true statistic

 

yes however people do. there are many breeds that look similar to pits but arent. pits get balmed for their bad behavior in these statistics. people dont report a lab nipping or biting a person, they do everytime a pit does, so the statics are scewed there, and the media primarially reports pit bull attacks over all breeds.

Hi everyone!  The dog trainer ~ whose Doggie School, my dog graduated from - well, she is pretty much a dog expert.  She has trained dogs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and at least 20 other law enforcement agencies here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has been a dog trainer for 30 years.  Well, she told me that as a courtesy, when I am walking my dog - and see folks approaching, even if they don't have a dog - if it is possible, I should cross the street as a courtesy - or walk well around those folks.  Some people are just scared of any dog.  Also there are a lot of A-Hole dogs out there (regardless of the breed).  After I cross the street, I usually say hello to whoever.  About half of the time, the other person will tell me, there was no need to cross the street - or comment on what a beautiful dog I have.  The media does suck when it comes to our little pitties.  We've got to keep up any positive Public Relations we can - even when just walking the dog . . .

The exact reason why I feel so bad for pitbulls...The people who do raise them to do things like that should be banned!! The law is now putting them in jail, finally. It does not mean all pitbulls are mean. I am sorry for your loss but we love our pitbulls as much as you love your poodle...My dog plays with a kitten I just got yesterday. They are best friends already. I honeslty do not know If I would trust my kitten around a Poodle!! I have never been bitten by any other dog but a poodle...Ankle biter?? My dog sleeps in my bed every night, except last night, slept in his own bed with the kitten lol..I will post the pictures later..So cute!!

You can not ban a breed of dog because the OWNERS teach it to bad things, it was a defenseless puppy at one time counting on this person to teach it good things. unfortunately Losers take this poor puppy and teach it horrific things like that. Why would anyone take it out on a dog? It makes no sense..Stop and think about what you are saying..I say ban all ankle biters lol..however I am an ALL dog lover!

Animal Control officers and Humane societys everywhere are working to stop the training of this kind of thing. Hopefully someday it will come to an end and all pitbulls can live happy and safe everywhere! It does help if you become a member of the A.S.P.C.A. like me:)