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Plenty of Pit Bulls, June 10, 2014

Plenty of Pit Bulls

Update on Reynoldsburg, OH, Pit Bull Ban

June 10, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Anna Peterson, who discusses Plenty of Pit Bulls rescue in Gainesville, Florida. Plenty of Pit Bulls removes dogs from kill shelters and places them in foster homes until an adopter can be found. Ms. Peterson stresses the importance of working with the larger community and discusse how her organization works with others to get dogs into foster and permanent homes. Plenty of Pit Bulls holds adoption events at local pet stores, pet-related and other events, and even at housing complexing (they've even been invited to bring dogs available for adption to housing complexes without breed or weight restrictions!).

We also hear from Tammy Nortman about the status of a legal challenge to BDL in Reynoldsburg, OH. An ad hoc committee recommended to the city council that a ban on pit bulls be lifted, but the city council seems disinclined to heed that advice and it looks like ban will be litigated. Reynoldsburg employs a "pit bull officer" to respond to anonymous complaints about residents owning pit bulls. So far he's IDed two cane corsos as pit bulls. As far as anyone knows, he has no specific training related to pit bulls. We look forward to Ms. Nortman's examination of "the pit bull officer" on the witness stand.

Little Darling calls in from Philadelphia to tell us about the photo shoot for the 2015 Pinups for Pitbulls calendar. Which brings us to some great news—Juno, belonging to our own Kris Diaz, will be in the 2015 calendar! Way to go Kris and Juno!

Finally, Yvette Van Veen dispells some misconceptions about positive training, especially about working with aggressive dogs. Good positive trainers also use classical conditioning and provide dogs with ample structure. She notes that every trainer faces challenging dogs and at some point will have to ask themself if he or she is now forced to use aversive methods or if there is something he or she is doing wrong. For her, the choice to be a positive trainer did not come down to a moral choice, but from figuring out which method of training would produce the best results without side effects.

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