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Canine Good Citizen Dogs

“Yes, yes!!! Use Paige Burris for your training needs! She helped me with my unruly lab that I could do nothing with and had thought about returning him to the rescue I got him from. After one session and a few days of practice at home, Rowdy was finally 'getting' what I wanted from him! I am amazed at the difference in my dog!”
-Tina B.
Raleigh, NC

 
 
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People-pleasing Pitbulls

I love all dogs, but I must admit my true love has always been for the underdog, and the underdog today is the pit bull. The media hype portrays the breed to be a monster, never to be trusted, when the real truth is this is probably the most loyal and versatile of all dog breeds in existence today. Contrary to what most people think about them, pit bulls make terrible guard dogs, since the breed’s history largely bred in an unwavering love for people!

After the Michael Vick fiasco, dogfighting and all its ugly facets were brought to the surface. Unfortunately, as people-pleaser dogs, the pit bull is very easy to manipulate into doing whatever is asked of it. Whenever you hear a bad story about these dogs, or see a news story making them out to be monsters, take a look at the owner of the dogs involved. A dog isn’t born “mean”. It is only what it is raised to be. No Bad Dogs…Only Bad Owners.

This bad rap that the pit bulls have gotten through no fault of their own has propelled me to work for repairing the bad reputation they have. I have two pit bulls, Rocco and Cricket, whom I rescued through the SPCA in Wake County. I must say these dogs have been more than what I was hoping for when I changed breeds. I wanted dogs who I could be more active with, who would hike, kayak, play, walk, bike, pretty much anything I wanted to do…I wanted them to participate too! Not only have they been great at all these fun outdoor activities, both of them got their CGC (Canine Good Citizen award) in record time, both became therapy dogs and both are trick dogs and love to entertain! These dogs are working for pit bulls everywhere when they go into a nursing home and leave the residents there with a good impression of the breed by showing off some tricks or by waving at the residents! They also participate in a program called ‘See Spot Read’, where they go into public libraries and help children who are struggling to learn how to read, by “listening” to the children read their stories directly to them! They amaze me every time!

If you are considering owning one of these amazing dogs, please come to the Pit Bull Education seminar to learn more about them. These dogs are more of everything a dog can be, and a bit more to manage as well. There are things you must consider when you are thinking of taking on a dog that is considered a “dangerous” breed, and you’d be smart to have as much information as possible upfront. That said, I LOVE THIS BREED!!!

More to come…