Though they’ve proven time and time again that they can be just as sweet and loving as any other dog, pit bulls are still largely assumed to be harmful and mean.
People are so afraid of them that they have even tried to ban them from entire cities, like Montreal. But there are plenty of programs that are trying to prove pit bulls deserve just as much love and praise as other breeds do.
One of them is the Animal Farm Foundation, who have been collaborating with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to train pit bulls to be official canines! Plenty of cops around the country have taken on trained pit bulls, and have seen how obedient and hard-working they can be. Check below to learn more about this new trend, opting for rescued pit bulls rather than purebreds to be on the force.
More and more forces are adopting an ingenious idea to get more trained K9 partners, while also providing homes for precious pit bulls. “Departments are finally getting it,” explained Protect Pit Bulls from BSL online.
“Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a trained Belgian or GSD, they are now taking pit bulls from shelters and training them, and they are proving themselves to be amazing military K9’s.”
Pit bulls are incredibly obedient and can be trained to do almost anything that their owners need, so it only makes sense that they would be great dogs!
But the poor pits get a bad reputation for being harmful and have been victims of legislation trying and ban them from entire communities — something called Protect Pit Bulls from BSL (breed-specific legislation) is trying to stop.
Fortunately, the training is helping to change how people see them by showing that they can be well-trained, protective, and professional animals.
Organizations like the Animal Farm Foundation have been collaborating with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to give sheltered pit bulls the proper training to be detective dogs.
In their training, they learn everything. “Any dog that has the drive, confidence, and desire to work can do it! Breed does not dictate a dog’s ability to work,” explained Universal K9 founder Brad Croft.
Training rescued pit bulls also means that the cop spend a lot less money.
Purebred, trained German Shepherds, or Belgian Malinois, which are usually found on forces, can cost tens of thousands of dollars!
Departments all over the country have introduced pit bulls to the force, like the Washougal Department, the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia Department, and the Poughkeepsie Department in New York.
If they weren’t adopted by the trainers, there’s a chance that the poor pit bulls would have been euthanized in their shelters.
“AFF [Austin Pets Alive!] stresses treating each dog as an individual — we can’t base their behavior on their appearance or their past. Clifford doesn’t speculate or dwell on their past. The dogs don’t either.
Let them be dogs,” explains K9 trainer Bernice Clifford.
The department trainers have full faith that pit bulls are perfect for their training — in fact, the only difficulty they have ever had with the breed is getting them to be aggressive toward people!
With the help of AFF, the K9 trainers, and the cop squads, pit bulls are proving to everyone that there is no reason to treat them any differently.
Now that more and more of them being put to work, hopefully they will soon be renowned as heroes rather than safety hazards.