9 Pit Bull Myths

1. Locking Jaws

Contrary to popular belief, Pit Bulls do not have locking jaws. In fact there is no dog breed that is actual able to "lock" their jaws and Pit Bull jaws and teeth are no different than any other dog.


2. Aggressive

Some people believe that all Pit Bulls are inherently aggressive but this is a myth. Studies have actually shown Dachshunds to be the most aggressive of all dog breeds.


3. Untrainable

These dogs love to learn. They are actually very intelligent and highly trainable. They strive to please their owners and with proper training make wonderful pets that are able to learn a plethora of new tricks and commands.


4. Not Social

Pit Bulls are dogs and dogs are social creatures. They thrive in packs and take on humans as part of their pack. As with any dog, proper socialization creates a dog that is calm and able to get along with all humans.


5. Attack Small Pets

Pit Bulls are able to get along with all sorts of animals and are able to be very gentle. It all comes down to good social skills and training, which is the case with all dogs. Reinforcement of good behavior is imperative.


6. Bad With Kids

Any dog can be great with children and Pit Bulls are no different however you should always supervise your children around any dog and teach your child the proper ways to behave around dogs to prevent mishaps.


7. Not Smart

On the intelligence scale, Pit Bulls actually score higher than most breeds. They are very smart and may be used as Service Dogs and Police K-9. They thrive in environments that stimulate them and love to learn and make humans happy.


8. Will Turn On You

One of the most loyal breeds are Pit Bulls and they will go to great lengths to serve their owners. There are even cases where Pit Bulls have died while protecting their owners.


9. Monsters

The fact is that a dog is a dog. The best thing is to treat dogs with respect and learn how to train them properly. Pit Bulls are not monsters, no dog is a monster.



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Beyond Pit Bulls & Parolees: How Prison Pup Training Programs Are Changing Lives

by Amber Kingsley


Often convicted inmates get a bad reputation for being bad people, instead of someone who could have simply made a mistake, compared to a career criminal. Pit bulls have also been given an undeserved negative reaction from some people due to the behaviors of a few, poorly trained dogs. Similar to the television show, Pit Bulls and Parolees,” people are working together to change this stigma for the better and using training programs similar to that as showcased on the Animal Planet series mentioned above, this is rewarding to people and pets.


Training a service animal is very rewarding, but it is also a time consuming and expensive process. In an innovative twist, rehabilitation programs similar to the reality show as highlighted above are beneficial for everyone involved. The inmates are not only teaching young canines, it is also training these prisoners to possibly become dog trainers, groomers or animals technicians after their release from incarceration.


Volunteers and staff members provide inmates with training classes every week, along with weekend sessions throughout the month that show inmates the proper way to train puppies.


Women and Children First

The California Institution for Women in Chino, became the first prison in the state of California to have a Service Dog Training Program back in 2002. Since then, The Prison Pup Program has grown into training more than twenty dogs with fifty handlers at this institution. The women inmates are given responsibility for a dog at eighteen months of age and they remain together for up to six months for training.


After the success of the Chino’s Prison Pup Program, in 2008, the Southwest Juvenile Hall in Riverside County began a vision of assisting at-risk youths with life skills through a similar program. In this case, two young men are tasked with a twelve to sixteen week dog training program. The juveniles learn basic obedience using positive reinforcement techniques along with health care and grooming skills.


Benefits Abound

The canine graduates of these programs go on to become a vital tool for their disabled clients, forming a loving bond that is beneficially emotionally, physically and mentally. It is clearly a win-win situation for everyone involved from the inmate trainers, the dogs and the disabled clients they go on to assist as invaluable service dogs.


For their inmate handlers and trainers, the benefits are plentiful as these types of programs give them a sense of purpose and a way to give back to society. These trainers also learn the importance of bonding with these animals and ultimately will gain valuable work experience through their training and education. This will aid many of these inmates in finding gainful employment once they are released and returned to society rather than the possibility of returning to a life of crime.

Expanding to Men

Both the Prison Pups and the Southwest Juvenile Hall programs have been so successful that Canine Support Teams have expanded their programs to include the California Institute for Men in the summer of 2015. This expansion could use your help, so if you’d like to donate, please visit our Kindful donation page. If you’d like to find out information on volunteering and other ways to help, you can learn more at our CST support site.




About the Author

Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her Pomeranian, Agatha.

How My Pit Bull Helped Me Get Over A Bad Breakup

Breakups are the worst and everyone who has been in one will tell you that you will eventually get over it, which is true, but in the midst of a freshly bruised ego and a broken heart it feels impossible. Everyone deals with breakups in different ways, and while some ways may be a better option than others, it is a personal journey that one must take and figure out own their own. Afterall there is no simple guidebook on how to deal with matters of the heart because we are all so complex and our relationships so unique.


This my personal account of how my Pit Bull Bentley helped me get over a nasty breakup and helped me heal my broken little heart. 


I had been in an on again off again, long term relationship, while definitely not the healthiest, looking back, there was just something that kept us together throughout all the madness of what our relationship was. The crutch we used and that many others can relate to was comfort and fear of being alone. This will keep you in situations that are not the best for you, but why? Because as humans we need company and we don't like failure. When a relationship doesn't work out it is a failure so we try so hard to stop that failure in its tracks even if it is truly best to let go.


"When a relationship doesn't

work out it is a failure so we

try so hard to stop that failure

in its tracks even it it is truly

best to let go."


So here I was in a relationship that I was fighting to make work because I couldn't deal with failure after investing so many years into a relationship. I stuck around through thick and thin, ups and downs. This man put me through hell and back but I stayed strong until one day I couldn't do it anymore. He was with another woman and I was devastated, crushed, hurt, angry, depressed, livid, enraged, horrified, and every emotion in between. The fact that he rubbed it in my face and posted pictures of them together on Social Media made it even harder to digest. As hard as I tried not to, I looked at those pictures, as do many people in my situation, comparing myself to her and asking question after question just trying to rack my head around it. How could he chose her over me after everything that we had been through? 


After spending weeks depressed and feeling sorry for myself I decided that I needed to stop being so pathetic. I was in my backyard one day and Bentley laid her head on my lap like she had been doing everyday and just sat there with me looking up at me with those golden eyes. I realized that I hadn't even taken her on a walk throughout this depression and I felt bad about it. 


This was just what I needed, someone to get me off my a** and out of the house so I could stop moping around like a fool. I decided that we would go on a hike because the outdoors always made me feel better and you know what, it absolutely did! We hiked up to a high point on a hill and looked down at the whole valley while I reflected on my life. This was so therapeutic to me that I started going hiking with Bentley more and more and felt better and better as each day went by. 


"This was just what I needed,

someone to get me off my a** and

out of the house so I could stop

moping around like a fool."



This quality time with Bentley inspired me to train her more and in a matter of 2 weeks I had taught her 5 new tricks. I was feeling more than better at this point because my mind was off of this unhealthy relationship with the cheater that didn't appreciate me and on something more positive. I was getting into better shape and my dog was getting more and more trained as the weeks went by.


What I hadn't realized up until this point was that Bentley was there for me throughout the whole ordeal. She couldn't talk but she empathized with me in the only way she knew how, by being present. When I was going through  my depression and slept the days away she would come lay on the floor next to my bed and stay there with me the whole time. When I was crying and miserable she would lick my hand and give me her little Pit Bull smile. When I was angry she would distract me by bringing me her favorite toy for me to throw around. I had missed all these little signs because I was so engulfed in myself that I only realized how she played a part in my healing until after I was healed. 


When you start looking outside of yourself you realize things. I learned that not everything is my fault and that people do not change and become the person you want them. I learned that the best way to heal is with time and that a positive attitude and constructive distraction will help. I learned that a dog is capable of showing emotion and empathy. I learned that I truly love my dog and that Pit Bulls are such caring creatures if you give them the time and training they need to flourish.



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The Stereotypes about Pitbulls

There are many stereotypes about pit bulls in today's society, but how many of them are actually true? Are they really the "vicious" dogs people make them out to be? The media seems to only focus on "attacks" committed by dogs perceived to be Pit Bulls. It's really a terrible stereotype that hurts pit bulls. According to the ASPCA 1.2 million dog in shelters are euthanized each year. Different studies show that 800,000 to 1 million of these are pit bulls. A Pit Bull isn't a breed, but a classification of 25+ breeds/mixes based on similar physical characteristics. Why are there so many odds against pit bulls? To start off, hundreds of jurisdictions across the country ban or otherwise restrict ownership of these dogs - which leads to people not being able to adopt these dogs from shelters or rescues if they live in a certain jurisdiction.This also results in pit bulls being taken away from their families if they live in a jurisdiction that doesn't allow pit bulls.When someone is moving, housing and apartment complexes make it very difficult to have a pit bull there. So these dogs are basically getting judged by their appearance and not facts. I can personally say  that owning my own pet sitting company and being a professional pet sitter and dog walker that pit bulls are some of the most sweetest,gentle and most accepting dogs I have ever watched.


Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicole Arndt, the director at Loxahatchee Animal Rescue who works with and interacts with pit bulls on a daily basis to get her input and experience on pit bulls.


What is the biggest misconception you see when dealing with the Pit Bull breeds?


Nicole A:Being in Pit Bull rescue I see many misconceptions, but the most prevalent is that Bully breeds are inherently dangerous.  This is far from the truth.  Typically Pit Bulls are sweet, loving, and gentle.  They are intelligent, athletic, resilient, and forgiving.  Pit Bull type dogs have been taken out of the most horrendous of situations and go on to be family, therapy, service, agility, and even K9 unit working dogs.


Why do you think pit bulls are the number one dogs being euthanized in shelters across the country?


Nicole A: The high number of Pit Bulls euthanized every year is not the fault of the shelters. The problem begins in the community. Backyard breeders who have zero concern for the already existing of Pit Bull type dogs in shelters, proper breeding standards, and people who only view their dogs as a source of income are a large part of the shelter overcrowding issue. Also, many county shelters are underfunded thanks to the government officials who decide funds are best designated elsewhere.


Being underfunded and understaffed makes it more difficult to enforce spay/neuter regulations and breeder permit purchases. In addition, breed specific rules when renting or purchasing a home make it very difficult for those who genuinely love their Pit Bulls to move and be able to take their dogs with them. All too often families are forced to surrender their dogs to a shelter feeling like there are no other options available. In order to reduce shelter overcrowding therefore reducing the number of Pit Bulls put to sleep community members need education and resources to become responsible owners. The backyard breeding cycle needs to end and the "dangerous breed" list needs to be eliminated.In order to reduce shelter overcrowding, therefore reducing the number of Pit Bulls put to sleep, community members need education and resources to become responsible owners.


How are rescues trying to change the public’s perception of Pit Bulls?


Nicole A: Education is key in changing the public’s perception of Pit Bulls.  I always tell anyone interested in adopting a Pit Bull type dog to educate themselves on the history of the breeds and ACCURATE statistics beyond the information I relay during the conversation.

 Learn the truth about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and be able to have an educated, calm, and factual conversation with someone should the need arise because inevitably it will.  It is our job as rescuers to educate a potential adopter on the importance of becoming a positive representation of Bully breed owners and the fact that it’s a big responsibility.  Part of being a responsible Pit Bull owner is making sure your dog(s) is the best Bully breed ambassador possible.  The dog doesn’t have to be perfect as that’s not realistic, but proper training, obedience, containment, and socialization are of the utmost importance and it’s our responsibility to be a resource. 


 As rescuers it’s our duty to choose adopters carefully and place our available Pit Bulls in the care of those who are open and willing to break stereotypes.  It’s our duty to send Pit Bulls out into the community who are living proof that the breeds are wonderful.  At events L.A.R.C. makes informational literature available to those who stop by our area.  We answer questions and are honest about the dogs in our organization including any quirks the dogs may have which is a must to find the best fit for all involved. 


Do rescues ever talk to the media to get a positive message out?


Nicole A: The media is very tough on Pit Bull type dogs and tend to use sensationalist tactics to target those who have certain physical characteristics when an unfortunate incident occurs.  Typically media outlets aren’t interested in positive Pit Bull stories because they don’t garner enough attention, but that doesn’t stop most of us from trying. 


When a positive Pit Bull story goes public rescues are sure to share across social media. Rescues even reach out to media contacts who report on animal related topics if we have a story to tell about our adoptables.  Sometimes we get a response and sometimes we don’t. When large dog fighting rings or abusive situations are reported they provide an opportunity to show the world who the real victims are and to prove that it’s not “all in how they’re raised” when those dogs go on to lead happy lives as loving dogs.   


What are rescues doing to get Pit Bulls adopted?

Social media has become a great resource for getting dogs adopted.  It provides rescues the opportunity to showcase their adoptables and tell each dog’s story to a large number of people.  Social media can be particularly effective when taking in and providing medical care to a dog in need.  The dog’s process can be followed from start to ready for a forever home and often times a follower will fall in love and want to adopt.


 Adoption events, local community events, and even trips to pet stores are a way to show off available dogs.  Bringing Pit Bulls in public is an awesome and important way to change minds and get dogs adopted.  Showing people in person that the breeds love to give kisses, have cute Pit Bull smiles, wiggling butts from fast wagging happy tails, can be well trained and loving, and can become a part of a family just like any other breed not only increases the chances for adoptions, but breaks stereotypes too.  Providing proper training and socialization to adoptables while in the rescue’s care are vital to a dog’s chance at a forever home.


What do rescues do to help rehabilitate and train them to make them adoptable? 


Nicole A: Generally obedience training and acclimation are what’s needed to make a dog in need of a forever home available, but there’s no one answer to this question. Rehabilitation and training take place on a case by case basis.  Some dogs may just need time to learn how to be dogs or recover from a medical condition in a foster home.  Some may need to be in homes that fit their needs.  For example, a home with no other dogs or cats.  That’s OK and goes for any breed.  Dogs should be judged as individuals and plans made to suit the needs of each.  There are times when a dog needs to be in the care of a professional dog trainer for a length of time.  The focus is and should always be what’s best for the dog whatever that might entail.


About Loxahatchee Animal Rescue Community (L.A.R.C.):


Nicole A: L.A.R.C. is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit foster and donation based rescue working with Palm Beach County community members both two and four legged.  Our rescue is a bit different, however, in that we not only want to save the lives of animals in need, but EDUCATE the community, as well.  Our goals are to help community members keep their pets by becoming a trusted resource for what is needed to do so and give animals in need a second chance at a happy life.  We fully believe in our “Educate, Act, and SAVE A LIFE”  L.A.R.C. is a team of Pit Bull lovers and advocates determined to change the perception of the public.



I used to be very involved in helping dogs get rescued from a high kill shelter in Miami FL. I didn't include that in my website though. I think that had a big part in leading me to have a business where I work with dogs because dogs are my passion in life.



Meet the Guest Blogger:

Hi, I’m Greta

I am the owner of Wagtastic Pet Care LLC, I'm a professional pet sitter and dog walker and a mother to pets of my own. I am very serious about the welfare of your pets. Caring for your pet as my own is my priority. My love and passion of animals has guided me to dedicating my life to the care of animals as a professional pet sitter. I deliver all sort of pet sitting and dog walking services in Boca Raton FL and surrounding areas.

Pit Bull Puppies in Clothing!


Seriously, what is cuter than a puppy in clothing? Yeah, not much so you can thank us after you scroll through these ADORA-BULL pictures of pit bull puppies in clothing. If this doesn't make you squeal or long to hold a puppy in your arms you might not love puppies and who doesn't love puppies? Exactly!







































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How Social Media Affects Pit Bulls

There has been a major movement as of late on social media accounts that has swept the nation. The dog community is showing its love in a major way with an influx of dog lovers creating accounts showing off pictures and statuses of their beloved pooches. This has been something that the Pit Bull community has drastically needed without even knowing the impact it would have.

For years, the Pit Bull has been touted as the most dangerous and aggressive of all dog breeds and hopes of eradicating these so called beasts have been on the high. Any and all dogs that resemble the 3, that is American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are stereotyped and boxed into one category that is under attack by Breed Specific Legislation.

The problem with the negative classification is that such a massive number of dogs and families are targeted. Not only are the above mentioned 3 affected but so are Boxers, Dogo Argentinos, Presa Canarios, Mastiffs, Cane Corsos, and American Bulldogs to name a few.

What happens in areas where these harsh legislation are in effect is nothing more than atrocious. Thousands upon thousands of dogs are being taken from their homes and killed at the hands of government policy. The people who are supposed to love these dogs forever are being forced to let go of them because they appear to have the characteristics of an aggressive dog.

Now what exactly does an aggressive dog look like? How can you discern one from another based only upon appearance?

If we used this approach when dealing with humans, by basing their right to live in certain areas and not others due strictly upon their appearance or race, now would that not be morally inhumane?

BSL affects our rights to own a certain type of dog because of the assumption that he, along with all others that fit a broad description. This of course is completely untrue to the thousands upon thousands of families who own sweet Pit Bulls or the alike.

Pit Bulls impact their families in such a positive way and the saying that lives strong in the Pit Bull community is that they are "Lovers not Fighters". Don't take my word for it though, just see what these people shared on their Instagram accounts when asked the question:


"What makes your Pit Bull a Lover?"


"(Bronson) loves giving slobbery kisses and he always lets other dogs eat/drink from his bowl." - @deedeetantan


"This face. This sweet little derpface that looks at you like you're the best thing that's ever happened (when in fact it's the other way around)." - @tuff_sausage


"She's a lover because every morning she wakes me up with kisses and cuddles." - @tuf_n


"Gatby is a lover because he helped my fiance propose to me, of course I had to say yes!" -@puppiesandprs

(Check out the tag. It says "Marry my Daddy!")


"Boomer is a lover because he protects his mom while daddy is away and always give kisses and cuddles to his beagle sister Briar." - @mollieelmore


"This is Lucy. Lover of all, big and small. From her kitty buddies to her bulldog big brother. She's the bell of the dog park. She loves making new friends, momentarily sharing her toys, and Greek yogurt." - @smudgelife


"(Stella) shares food with babies."- @panamhunter

The positive message that these, along with the vast amount of other Pit Bulls owners gives off by sharing pictures and stories of their dogs is truly a wonderful thing in the fight against BSL. Showing the true nature of Pit Bulls is exactly what the movement needs. Pictures of beautiful, smiling, happy dogs interacting with their humans, proving that a dog can bring pure joy and companionship no matter the size, colors, and most important of all, BREED.

Social media is a blessing for spreading advocacy and shedding light on this delicate topic. The more people keep sharing pictures of their Pit Bulls in their element through the facets of social media, the more good is done for these dogs as a whole.

It is a known fact that the majority of dogs in shelters at any given time are Pit Bulls and what does that mean? It means an imminent death due to overpopulation. With sharing through social media, more and more Pit Bulls are being adopted.

Petitions have been signed and BSL has been overturned in certain areas due to awareness made possible by social media shares. The more the issue is spread and awareness is made, the more people will sign petitions and do something to change unfair policies.

Think of BSL as a giant wall. Every positive post brings us closer to the end goal of demolishing this wall. Every victory and banning of legislation knocks out pieces of the wall but without the help of the masses the wall will stand strong.

Keep taking those pictures of your Pit Bull snuggling up with you or playing in the snow. Keep taking pictures of them playing with your children, eating bubbles, or swimming in the pool. Keep taking pictures of them basking in the sun, smiling, or running down the beach. Keep taking pictures of them in human clothes looking ridiculously cute.


These dogs are beautiful inside and out and deserve to be shown for what amazing and loyal creatures they truly are. They deserve to be fought for and shown off. Keep proving the nay sayers wrong that believe that a Pit Bull cannot be trained or that he will attack your children. Show them why you have fallen in love with these dogs and maybe, just maybe, you will change someone's mind, and that makes it all worth it.



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