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E-collar, Prong Collars & Muzzles

E-collars are such a taboo topic among many animal lovers, along with prong collars and muzzles. My stance is that it is your job as your dog’s owner to know what tools and methods are best for you and your dog. Every tool can be abused and misused. Dogs have sustained injuries from the improper use of e-collars, prong collars, nylon collars, leather collars, harnesses, head halters and the list goes on. Realize that abuse with training tools occurs when an owner decides to be neglectful and abusive. Lobster does in fact wear an e-collar, he is the only one of my dogs who does and he is by far the best behaved and best trained dog I have. And honestly, I have a better relationship with him because of the e-collar. So here is the story of how I have arrived at e-collar training with Lobster and why I refuse to let anyone tell me what is best for my dog just because they do not understand or it makes them feel uncomfortable.  

 

When I first adopted Lobster it was clear that either in his previous home or in his time at the shelter, he was the boss. Don’t get me wrong, Lobster was and always has been very affectionate and sweet and playful, but, when it came time to be crated or told to not chew on this, or get down from there – basically any effort by me to deviate his behavior away from something he was not supposed to be doing, he would snap at me. His issue appeared to be only with establishing dominance with me, with my dogs and my cats he is a total push over and constantly submissive and avoidant at the first sign of conflict. Of course, I was surprised when I first tried to crate him by putting his food in his crate then slowly trying to guide him in with his collar, as soon as I would touch his collar and attempt to navigate him he would snap at my hand/arm/wrist. So naturally being taken a bit back by the situation, I backed down and backed away from him, figuring he was probably stressed out from everything that had transpired in the last few days. Going from the rescue in New York, to being transported from NY to Philly by one person, then from Philly to Michigan by another person, then driven from Michigan to Minnesota with me. In the following weeks I began to realize that Lobster had some deeper issues with aggression in relation to feeling any form of dominance from a person. To be put plainly; Lobster thought he was tough shit and in charge.

 

Over the next few weeks it was clear some proactive steps would have to be taken to ensure I was going to be able to manage Lobster and be safe in the process. I refuse to have a dog in my home that thinks he can do whatever he wants, that is not behavior I support and it is also behavior I cannot have with four bully breed dogs. As Mike (head trainer of Primal Canine) has put it, dogs quickly and easily pick up bad habits and bad behavior from other dogs. Adding Lobster to my pack has added another dimension of dynamic, making it even more essential that I establish rules and boundries – crate rotation, crating when I am not home, crating my dogs while I sleep, not allowing them on furniture etc. Initially I said I did not want to do e-collar training with Lobster, I wanted to try everything else possible and spend some more time forming a bond with him in hopes he would be more responsive to direction from me when we had a solid relationship. So we tried multiple things to ease then tension of crating like treats, and kongs and chew dogs and lots of praise, and instead grabbing his collar to direct him or pull him off the couch I tried having him use a drag leash so I could direct him that way. Lobster eventually became wise to bribery with treats, toys, food and would persist with whatever undesirable thing he was doing. Same with the drag leash, at first it helped to not directly grab him by his collar but then if I was across the room, coming over and grabbing the leash became as tense. He started becoming more confident in trying to bite me and small snaps at my hand eventually manifested into harder bites, and even a few attempts to get at my face that thankfully I was able to move away from in time. But I wasn’t ready to give up and knew no matter what I was going to keep Lobster and find a way to make this work.

 

The day before Thanksgiving, Lobster was perched up on the gate leading into my kitchen because he was super anxious to get into the car and head to my parent’s house for the holiday. I attempted to lead him away from the gate so I could continue to get things packed in the car but he refused to get down. I was finally able to push him off the gate so I could get into my living but as soon as I got on the other side of the gate I was frustrated and was going to crate him so I could finish packing in peace but tensions rose and he wound up biting me a handful of times on both hands and arms and on my left leg. Thankfully I was wearing a winter coat and mid-calf height boots so the physical damage was minimal but it was at that point I decided that if I was going to keep Lobster, we were doing e-collar training.

 

Over the next few weeks, Lobster did a board and train with Primal Canine and we started him on e-collar. Three weeks later, Lobster had transformed from a dog that had reached a point of being unmanageable for me, to a dog that I now have such an amazing relationship with. His recall is amazing, his off leash training and his ability to listen and focus on me is something I never thought was possible. Everything has been great with Lobster since December, we have had no incidents and I barely even think about or remember the issues him and I first had. He was meant to be here with me and I am so glad I never gave up on him. Gone is the tension between him and I, there is no longer a vying for dominance, there is no more frustration of trying to crate him or direct him away from chewing up a dog bed or climbing on things he is not supposed to. Because of his training I can now take him anywhere, around anyone and anything with confidence knowing that he understands that he needs to listen to me. Above all, I now have a dog that I trust, and a dog that trusts me.

 

We get dirty looks when we are out walking because people assume that Lobster is some unhinged, wild animal and that’s why he has the e-collar. It bothered me at first, worrying about what people thought of him especially because of his breed and what people thought of me…probably assuming that I am some monster torturing her dog with an e-collar. But the now I just laugh when people act judgmental about it. Usually the people who are giving me dirty looks are the people who have a dog hauling them down the street, barking and lunging at other dogs, while the owner is tugging on them yelling the same command over and over as their dog doesn’t listen with this growing look of frustration on their face. If you don’t want to have control over your dog, that’s fine. If you want to use other tools or methods to train and manage your dog, that’s great. Just respect what each person has decided what is best for their dog and realize that one method of training and one tool is not going to work for every dog. If someone has to muzzle their dog to keep you and others and their dog safe, let them. Because if a muzzle, or e-collar or prong collar is the reason that owner can control that dog and keep others safe – that’s sure a hell of a lot better than an incident occurring, and the price being paid by that dog because that owner was more concerned about what others think. I would rather see a dog with a prong collar being controlled by an owner, than a wild dog wearing a nylon harness. 

What Being a Keyboard Warrior Does For Animal Welfare

I wanted to write about a cluster of issues that are pretty consistently discussed among dog owners, dog lovers and advocates, especially for bully breed dogs. I'm pretty burnt out on seeing people attack other people about ear cropping, like it is the most inhumane and unjust thing that animals ever have subjected to. It has become a disturbing trend on social media (but rarely happens in person because nobody has the guts to actually confront anyone face to face anymore) for people to lash out at someone who has a dog with cropped ears with the belief that doing this will benefit this dog, any other dog out there, or literally any situation, under any circumstance. In what situation does attacking someone on the internet in such a careless effort actually make a difference? Being an armchair activist, a keyboard warrior and a Google scholar as your troll the depths of Facebook and Instagram does NOTHING for animal welfare. The time spent copy pasting nasty comments could be spent actually doing something that will make a positive and productive impact. 

On top of that, it just seems to be people getting bent out of shape about Pit Bulls and bully breeds having their ears cropped. I can only hope if someone is going to spend an extensive amount of time crusading for the ending of all ear cropping via aggressive comments on social media, they are being fair in dosing out their hate and they are visiting the pages of people who own all of the breeds of dogs who have their ears cropped and their tails docked. 

Beyond the fact that sitting behind a phone and shaming others is highly unproductive and yields no legitimate change, as I see this happening, I think, “do people not realize that there are actual and real pressing forms of horrifying violence and abuse that dogs, especially pit bulls, face everyday?” I have seen horrible and unforgettable things in the years I have been involved with animal rescue. Sadly these are memories that will be burned into my brain until the day I die. I have seen dogs who have literally frozen to death in below zero weather, dogs that were starved, abandoned and neglected to the point which they collapsed and died. Dogs who were victims of dog fighting with deep puncture wounds and gashes all over their bodies and faces. Dogs who have had half of their faces and jaws torn off. Dogs with barb wire wrapped around their neck and feet. Dogs whose teeth were ground down with power tools so they could not fight back. Dogs with battery acid dumped all over their body, and dogs who had been lit on fire. I have seen dogs at shelters piled in cages, digging their nails into the floor as they’re dragged into the next room to take their last breath. 

I have seen the result and aftermath of what real abuse and what real violence is, and I have lived it with my dogs and fosters that are survivors of dog fighting, starvation, abuse and neglect. As advocates and animal lovers we must realize what fights are worth our time and energy, because there big problems out there that truly deserve our attention and dedication. I think it is fair to say that vet performed ear cropping can either fall off or drop to the bottom of the list of issues that should keep us awake at night or drive us to personally attack someone for the way they are treating and caring for their animals. Wake up and fight for something that will make a difference.

Dogs And Tennis Balls: A Love Story

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Dogs may be a man’s best friend. But a dog’s best friend is NOT the hand that feeds it or cleans up its poop — it’s an unassuming, inanimate yellow ball.

Have you ever seen anything more pure than a dog’s unimpeachable and unconditional love for a tennis ball?

Have you ever seen a dog stare passionately at tennis ball like there was nothing else in the world?

Everywhere a dog goes, sure enough, there’s a tennis ball or two beside them.

Because tennis balls don’t judge them for ruining a pair of delicious leather shoes.

Tennis balls don’t put you in a cage for peeing on the carpet. They go to the cage with you.

That’s because the tennis ball will never let them down. It’ll take the slobber and the bite marks, but it’ll always come back.

As the Good Book clearly says, God made Adam, then Eve, then dogs, and then tennis balls.

And dogs will pay their friends, the tennis balls, back in return.

They will go to great lengths, and under great legs, for their ball.

They’ll dive headfirst into the unknown in search of their beloved pal.

And you can be damn sure they’ll protect their tennis ball like a mama bear protects its cubs.

Dogs and tennis balls have crossed oceans together.

It’s a love that has opened the door to inter-species communication.

Dogs and tennis balls know how to balance the demands of life and their friendship because they understand each other.

Dogs bring their tennis balls to the beach with them and they never have to worry about tennis balls staring at other more-in-shape dogs behind their sunglasses.

Because a dog’s love for a tennis ball is forever.

It’s a love you can’t fake.

It’s a love that will take you to magical new places.

It’s something that sets your heart free…

It’s real love.

Primal Canine Costume Contest!!!

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Attention Pack Members!! the Primal Canine costume contest starts the Saturday 10/26 and will continue through Thursday 10/31. This doesn't mean your pup has to dress up every time, we just want to see the costumes once and well announce the winner Nov 2nd. primal canine san jose dog training costume contest

Practicing pet safety with a DIY car hammock

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Great read via - http://blog.diynetwork.com Pet safety’s a big thing for me, especially in the car. My Bernese Mountain Dog, Cody, travels mostly in the back of our Jeep where he can stand and move around easily, protected in part by a large metal gate that attaches behind the second row of seats in the car and divides him from us human passengers. The gate keeps us safe too, many pet owners don’t often consider how risky it is for everyone when a large dog is thrust forward during an accident.

My Dad’s all over the safety concern aspect, although our style dog gate wouldn’t fit into his Toyota Corolla, nor would a big dog crate, and his dog, a Golden Retriever, stubbornly refuses to wear a dog seatbelt. To remedy his problem and make everyone more safe, I offered to make a custom dog seat cover that acts more as backseat hammock for their dog, giving him a comfortable place to ride and making it so that he’s less likely to fall into the backseat foot area, or lunge into the dashboard should something terrible happen. Bonus factor: it’ll help keep the seats clean, I’m sure all you fur-baby lovin’ folks can appreciate that. I see hammocks like this sold in pet stores, and they’re regularly priced between $50-$150, but I knew I could make something effective myself with a limited budget. (Fact: this whole project cost <$30)

A golden retriever who loves his DIY car seat.

Read the whole tutorial to see how I created this DIY dog seat cover for my family.

I started with 3 yards of heavy outdoor fabric that was sale priced at $5.49/yard. I especially like outdoor fabrics for pets, and used it for our DIY dog bed because it’s more likely to repel stains and withstand heavy wear. The print I chose satisfied a few conditions: it needed to be able to disguise mud, Golden Retriever fur, and not be overly feminine since it was going in a man’s car. Men don’t want always respond well to the magenta chevron fabric options, I’ve found.

Fabric for our new dog car hammock.

In planning its execution, I decided on folding the 3 yards of fabric in half and sewing it into a sleeping bag-like form leaving on end open.

We have plenty of old bath towels floating around our home, and I decided to use them to line and cushion the entire piece. I layered them in a way to create an almost completely even bed for the hammock. If you don’t have scrap towels around, consider buying a few new towels at the dollar store or Walmart where they are usually priced low. Alternatively, I’ve used thin memory foam mattresses as dog beds in the past. You can usually source $20 XL twin sized pieces and fold them to create a cushy pad.

Using old towels as inserts in the new dog car hammock.

Initially, it didn’t seem likely that three layers of towels would slide easily through our sewing machine, so I started by loosely hand stitching the layers together with orange embroidery thread. It wasn’t hard, but it took a long while and I wasn’t sure it would be strong enough. Eventually, my curiosity won over and I found myself testing the limits of my little Singer. Excitedly (there may have been fist pumping) the machine ate through the thick layers with ease.

Sewing the dog hammock.

I sewed across the car hammock horizontally in four places; the middle two seams were a little tight because there’s only so much room to bunch the excess fabric, but I made it work and it turned out really great.

Sewing the dog car hammock.

I designed the unit to have four adjustable points of attachment using parachute buckles (4 at $2/each) and webbing bought by the yard (4 yards total, about $1/yard). By attaching two to each end, the padded piece would hook to the four car headrests making this safety and dog comfort device literally, a hammock.

Parachute Buckles and Nylon webbing for strong and secure straps.

I attached the webbing by sewing it in place to each end of the hammock, liberally spacing it as I went so that there was plenty of adjustment room (I didn’t have my Dad’s Corolla around for measurements while I planned this, so I based the spacing off of our Subaru Outback Sport).

The finished piece with all clips in place looked like this, folded in half:

Finished dog car hammock.

Installed, it was inviting and charming and sure to keep the dog safer and more comfortable. How have you customized your vehicles for your furry friends?

DIY dog car seat

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.

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20 Dogs Ready to Get Back to Work #GOVTSHUTDOWN

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Ready to brighten up your Wednesday?!?! well here you go. Buzzfeed.com posted this yesterday and we thought we would share it with you all given our current situation. Enjoy hahaha.  

 

1. “I’m ready to go back to work whenever the government says it’s a-OK.”

"I'm ready to go back to work whenever the government says it's a-OK."

2. “I’ve been staring at this keyboard all day. It’s not even attached to anything.”

"I've been staring at this keyboard all day. It's not even attached to anything."

3. “Mow your lawn? I can mow your lawn. Please let me mow something, anything.”

"Mow your lawn? I can mow your lawn. Please let me mow something, anything."

4. “What’s the point of golfing without a business meeting?”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

5. “Do you see any wrinkles on this shirt? I don’t think so. I’m performance-ready.”

"Do you see any wrinkles on this shirt? I don't think so. I'm performance-ready."

6. “They’re not even letting me work remotely.”

"They're not even letting me work remotely."

7. “Excuse me, sir? Don’t try to go to any national parks today, all right? Just trying to get the word out.”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

8. “But I got dressed and I need to open the zoo. I NEED TO OPEN THE ZOO.”

"But I got dressed and I need to open the zoo. I NEED TO OPEN THE ZOO."

9. “I see you’ve noticed my eyebrows. Have you also noticed my tireless WORK ETHIC?”

"I see you've noticed my eyebrows. Have you also noticed my tireless WORK ETHIC?"

10. “Why are you taking me for a walk?! Shouldn’t I be running the White House’s Instagram account?”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

11. “HOLY CRAP DID I OVERSLEEP, WHERE AM I? IS IT WORK— Oh. OK.”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

12. “I got up early this morning and showered for nothing.”

"I got up early this morning and showered for nothing."

13. “It is my god-given American right to dig holes when I want and where I want. Government shutdown means nothing to me.”

"It is my god-given American right to dig holes when I want and where I want. Government shutdown means nothing to me."

14. “I’d rather be a zookeeper at my actual job, not at home!”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

15. “Who’s going to pave the roads this week? THINK OF THE MAYHEM.”

"Who's going to pave the roads this week? THINK OF THE MAYHEM."

16. “In times of need, we need to expand our expertise level.”

"In times of need, we need to expand our expertise level."

17. “I came to work today and no one was here. I do not know how to turn on my computer.”

"I came to work today and no one was here. I do not know how to turn on my computer."

18. “MAYBE YOU CAN TAKE ME TO YOUR WORK INSTEAD, HUH? DOES THAT SOUND GOOD?”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

19. “Sometimes you just have to let the Metro go without you.”

19 Dogs Who Long To Go To Their Non-Essential Government Jobs

“I don’t know what you guys are complaining about, it’s time to paaarrrtayyyyyyyy!”

"I don't know what you guys are complaining about, it's time to paaarrrtayyyyyyyy!"

13 Things Our Dogs Probably Dream About

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-VIA buzzfeed.com

When I caught the frisbee at the park today, my Best Buddy called me a good boy. That was awesome. Tomorrow I’m gonna be a best boy.

When I caught the frisbee at the park today, my Best Buddy called me a good boy. That was awesome. Tomorrow I'm gonna be a best boy.

Christian Schnettelker / Via Flickr: 96913861@N04

What if there were no doors? I could go ANYWHERE. To the dog food store. To the dog park. To the tennis ball store. To the place where all the squirrels live.

What if there were no doors? I could go ANYWHERE. To the dog food store. To the dog park. To the tennis ball store. To the place where all the squirrels live.

Massimo Ricci / Via Flickr: maxymax85

Oh, my God. I actually caught my tail. Oh my God. This is great. What do I do with it.

Oh, my God. I actually caught my tail. Oh my God. This is great. What do I do with it.

Katie Brady / Via Flickr: cliche

THERE ARE A MILLION TENNIS BALLS HERE. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. THEY THROW THEMSELVES. AM I IN HEAVEN.

THERE ARE A MILLION TENNIS BALLS HERE. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE. THEY THROW THEMSELVES. AM I IN HEAVEN.

Dean Souglass / Via Flickr: deansouglass

Thank you for walking me, Best Buddy! What’s that, you say? You want to walk for another eight hours? Wonderful!

Thank you for walking me, Best Buddy! What's that, you say? You want to walk for another eight hours? Wonderful!

timlewisnm / Via Flickr: gozalewis

Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES.

Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES. Wanna go to the park? YES.

Matthew Rutledge / Via Flickr: rutlo

Look at all these windows!! I’m going to stick my head out of ALL OF THEM!!

Look at all these windows!! I'm going to stick my head out of ALL OF THEM!!

Tony Alter / Via Flickr: 78428166@N00

I’m inventing a game called RACE MY BEST BUDDY. You run and run and run until you can’t run anymore. Loser gets his face licked. Winner gets his face licked, too.

I'm inventing a game called RACE MY BEST BUDDY. You run and run and run until you can't run anymore. Loser gets his face licked. Winner gets his face licked, too.

Peter Hellberg / Via Flickr: 75489014@N00

Everything squeaks when I chew on it. It’s a miracle.

Everything squeaks when I chew on it. It's a miracle.

Rennett Stowe / Via Flickr: 10393601@N08

The park is so beautiful at dusk! Such a colorful sunset! Black…white…gray………little red in there…

The park is so beautiful at dusk! Such a colorful sunset! Black…white…gray………little red in there…

Marianne Perdomo / Via Flickr: marianneperdomo

I know how to spell “treat.” Best Buddy thinks that when he says “T-R-E-A-T,” I don’t know what he’s talking about. But I do. Boy, do I love treats.

I know how to spell "treat." Best Buddy thinks that when he says "T-R-E-A-T," I don't know what he's talking about. But I do. Boy, do I love treats.

J P / Via Flickr: nuskyn

Where do humans come from? Humans are great.

Where do humans come from? Humans are great.

Mike McCune / Via Flickr: mccun934

What if the dog park is the real world and everywhere else is just a people park??

What if the dog park is the real world and everywhere else is just a people park??

Roberto Severo / Via Flickr: rsevero

37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Pit Bulls

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We found this awesome article on Buzzfeed.com and thought we'd share it with you, enjoy!

1. Pit bulls are stereotyped as a vicious, untrustworthy breed.

 

Pit bulls are stereotyped as a vicious, untrustworthy breed.

2. Anyone looking at this face can tell that beneath it lies nothing but love.

 

Anyone looking at this face can tell that beneath it lies nothing but love.

3. No one deserves to be judged for their stereotype.

 

No one deserves to be judged for their stereotype.

4. Come on, look at that smile.

 

Come on, look at that smile.

5. Unfortunately, their strength and insensitivity to pain leads to being exploited by humans and made to fight.

 

Unfortunately, their strength and insensitivity to pain leads to being exploited by humans and made to fight.

There is also a rumor that pit bulls have “locking jaws” that make them a fearsome breed. While these dogs do have a strong jaw, their jaws do not physiologically lock. This is a behavioral trait specific to the dog itself, NOT the breed as a whole.

6. …which is heartbreaking once you realize violence is not in their nature but merely a trait taught to them.

 

...which is heartbreaking once you realize violence is not in their nature but merely a trait taught to them.

7. Because pit bulls have been bred to be “fighting dogs,” they may require a little extra socialization and TLC during puppyhood.

 

Because pit bulls have been bred to be "fighting dogs," they may require a little extra socialization and TLC during puppyhood.

The ASPCA asserts, “The best way to prevent the development of aggressive behavior toward other dogs is to focus on early socialization… Despite the fact that pit bulls were bred to fight with each other, early breeders took pride in producing dogs that were trustworthy and friendly to people.”

8. Remember: “There are no bad breeds, just bad (or uninformed) owners.”

 

Remember: "There are no bad breeds, just bad (or uninformed) owners."

9. The breed is often regarded as loyal.

 

The breed is often regarded as loyal.

10. Let’s stop and talk about this hero who took a bullet for his owner.

Don’t worry! He survived.

 
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11. They also love to cuddle.

 

They also love to cuddle.

12. And smile!

 

And smile!

13. They have some of the best smiles in the world.

 

They have some of the best smiles in the world.

14. The AKC confirms the breed’s propensity toward “courage and intelligence.”

 

The AKC confirms the breed's propensity toward "courage and intelligence."

15. Rumor has it, they give some pretty grand hugs.

 

Rumor has it, they give some pretty grand hugs.

16. And love and respect their mothers as every child should.

 

And love and respect their mothers as every child should.

17. Did we stop and talk about their smiles yet?

 

Did we stop and talk about their smiles yet?

18. This pit bull with his best friends — cat and many chicks — should make you second guess the pit bull’s supposed “inherent volatile nature.”

 

This pit bull with his best friends — cat and many chicks — should make you second guess the pit bull's supposed "inherent volatile nature."

19. Pit bulls are eager to please their humans.

 

Pit bulls are eager to please their humans.

20. Some are very polite.

 

Some are very polite.

21. Some are cooler than you’ll ever be…

 

Some are cooler than you'll ever be...

22. …way cooler.

 

...way cooler.

23. But they’ll hang out with you just the same.

 

But they'll hang out with you just the same.

24. Many adoring pit bull owners assert that their dogs have a great sense of humor.

 

Many adoring pit bull owners assert that their dogs have a great sense of humor.

25. They are certainly not afraid of being derp-tastic.

 

They are certainly not afraid of being derp-tastic.

26. Hey, remember when this happened?

 

Hey, remember when this happened?

And it just kept getting better…

 

And it just kept getting better...

And OMG a chick on his head?

 

And OMG a chick on his head?

On his snout?? THE PATIENCE!

 

On his snout?? THE PATIENCE!

Has your heart exploded yet?

 

Has your heart exploded yet?

Yes, this is real life, and yes, he is a pit bull.

 

Yes, this is real life, and yes, he is a pit bull.

27. Here’s one showing off her preferred method of fighting.

 

Here's one showing off her preferred method of fighting.

28. One of many examples of pit bulls taking part in interspecies friendship.

 

One of many examples of pit bulls taking part in interspecies friendship.

29. They’re actually extremely patient.

 

They're actually extremely patient.

30. Which makes them great family dogs.

 

Which makes them great family dogs.

The AKC sites the breed standard as having “affection for its friends, and children in particular…off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability.” More than that, the ASPCAspeaks to their roots as family dogs, given the nickname “nurse’s maid” because of their sweetness with children.

31. Fiona Apple, on her pit bull, Janet: “She is my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is.”

 

Fiona Apple, on her pit bull, Janet : "She is my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is."

32. This pit bull introducing her new babies to her human’s baby fills us up with so many feels.

 

This pit bull introducing her new babies to her human's baby fills us up with so many feels.

33. Basically, pit bulls can be your best friends.

 

37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls

34. So maybe we should all think twice before judging this entire breed…

 

So maybe we should all think twice before judging this entire breed...

35. And give them the love they deserve.

 

And give them the love they deserve.

36. Can we get once last “Awwww”?

 

37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls

37. Awwwwwww

 

Awwwwwww

GoPro Video: Quick Tour of Our Agility Course by Bear [Bonus Video]

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This is just a quick video of part of our agility course at Primal Canine, we switch things around and add new obstacles on a monthly basis. Thanks for watch, Enjoy.

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How To: Build Proper Pack Structure [Basic Tips]

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In Households with multiple dogs it is extremely important to build proper pack structure to decrease the amount of dog fights over ranking. The dogs that get more "privileges" are going to be known as a higher ranking pack member, for lower ranking dogs this presents a challenge and being that dogs are pack animals they will test the higher ranking dogs if not properly trained. This video is one of many videos we will be releasing about pack structure.

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32 Dogs That Are Clearly up to no Good

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We came across this funny post by Buzzfeed.com and thought we'd share it with you guys. Enjoy,

1. This dog who hopes if he stares at you long enough, you won’t notice the mistake to his left.

This dog who hopes if he stares at you long enough, you won't notice the mistake to his left.

2. These very lovely ladies.

These very lovely ladies.

3. This asshole trying to start a fight.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

4. This whole family who broke into your house to steal your crepes.

This whole family who broke into your house to steal your crepes.

5. This punk who has too high of an opinion of youths.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

6. This dog clearly trying to sell these innocent children drugs.

This dog clearly trying to sell these innocent children drugs.

7. This guy who is super good at stealing because he knows to act calm and casual.

This guy who is super good at stealing because he knows to act calm and casual.

8. This dog clearly out to steal your job.

This dog clearly out to steal your job.

9. This dog trying to sneak out after midnight.

This dog trying to sneak out after midnight.

10. This pug who will not allow anyone into his Kingdom or onto his slide.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

11. This dog who plans to make the call from inside the house.

This dog who plans to make the call from inside the house.

12. This dog who just sharted. And loved it.

This dog who just sharted. And loved it.

13. This dog who is plotting her revenge on the red-framed one.

This dog who is plotting her revenge on the red-framed one.

14. This dog dressed up as a snake to scare you.

This dog dressed up as a snake to scare you.

15. This snaggletoothed lobster who clearly wants to fight you at any chance given.

This snaggletoothed lobster who clearly wants to fight you at any chance given.

16. This pug who wanted to steal some snacks from the kitchen but you were there and had to ruin it.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

17. This dog who will blame all of her farts on you.

This dog who will blame all of her farts on you.

18. This pug who is just waiting for you to leave so he can catch the last pokemon and claim all the glory.

This pug who is just waiting for you to leave so he can catch the last pokemon and claim all the glory.

19. This expert spy.

This expert spy.

20. This dog who is upping his anti-bath revolutionary tactics.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

21. This super sleuth, distracting you so he can steal your wallet.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

22. Never trust a man in a Speedo.

Never trust a man in a Speedo.

23. This dachshund who employs a “sneak attack” method to get his damn money back.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

24. This warrior.

This warrior.

25. This thief who believes slow and steady wins the race/pizza.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good

26. This dog who will peer into your soul, seeing things that cannot be unseen.

This dog who will peer into your soul, seeing things that cannot be unseen.

27. This chihuahua who will mess.you.up.

This chihuahua who will mess.you.up.

28. This underage dog who is drunk as hell.

This underage dog who is drunk as hell.

29. This dog who plans to steal this tortoise’s shell, fully aware of “Squatter’s Rights”.

This dog who plans to steal this tortoise's shell, fully aware of "Squatter's Rights".

30. This dog who just put saran wrap on your toilet seat.

This dog who just put saran wrap on your toilet seat.

31. This dog who overheard you saying you plan to “eat healthier”, so he raided the fridge for all the steaks before you threw them out, you monster.

This dog who overheard you saying you plan to "eat healthier", so he raided the fridge for all the steaks before you threw them out, you monster.

32. Finally, this Frenchie who will sled at all costs.

32 Dogs Who Are Up To No Good