On Saturday, session three of Pit Bull University begins. PBU is a program that was set up with volunteers of KC Dog Advocates, Spay Neuter Kansas City, and others to help people without a lot of resources to learn basic training for their Pit Bull type dogs.
Many people who live in the city's urban core have never really been exposed to basic training techniques: sit, stay, lay down, how to walk on a lead, etc (many owners don't walk their dog on a lead because they pull really hard and it's difficult - -thus the dogs become under-exercised and lead to more problems -- it's amazing what a 1-hour session can do for these dogs not pulling as much).
With the help of Spay/Neuter Kansas City, which regularly brings in lower-income folks for low-cost spay/neuter services, PBU is offering to help these owners learn basic training techniques. The goal is to have more, well-behaved pit bull dogs out there that are less likely to end up on the front page of my morning newspaper.
The training sessions run on consecutive Saturdays --from noon to 1:30 -- for about six weeks. It's an outstanding program that I'm very proud of this group for pulling off.
I've included several photos of the dogs during one of our last sessions. It was fun to watch many of these dogs that were far from perfect before entering the program be great dogs, well behaved, listened, better socialized, etc.
If you any interest in you or your dog attending PBU, feel f ree to contact us at [email protected] -- or if you know of any dogs in your neighborhood that should attend, feel free to tell them and let us know. Again, this program is designed specifically for people who cannot afford the cost of going to training sessions.
It's programs like this that I feel are working to change the culture and attitudes of people who own these kinds of dogs. It's working because it's changing perceptions, and not trying to force-feed a law down their throats -- which is what most cities these days want to do.
So this is PBU. Another great program that is making a difference without making a law.