Roman...Pit Bull and photo by Gila Todd,
Gila's Place Photography
With the decision by the New Mexico governor not to sign into law a statewide ban on the ownership of Pit Bulls comes another example of sanity ruling in the ban on breed specific legislation. This decision follows on the heels of the possible repeal of the Dangerous Dog law which has stood since 1991 in Great Britain and the impending repeal of the automatic vicious designation of Pit Bulls in Ohio.
The true Pit Bull fanciers have declared war on the irresponsible owners causing the perceived need for such legislation and the results are being felt around the world. BSL has reigned for decades and it has been proven not to work. It is now time for ordinances and laws targeting the true root of the problem; irresponsible owners breeding with no regard to breed standards, dog fighters involved in drugs and firearms terrorizing our communities and animal abusers with no regard for life whether it be canine or human. These are the enemies of our communities, not any breed of dog.
With this new movement have come the educators and the trainers with proven methods. Educators are presenting their dogs to community groups eager to learn the truth behind the myth of the Pit Bull. For every person taking the time to look beyond the madness surrounding this breed, we gain a new ally in the fight to remove the stigma that has plagued our dogs. Where once fear and misinformation ruled, enlightenment has taken root and it is no longer acceptable to project human guilt on these dogs.
Trainers across the country have dedicated themselves to rehabilitating the dogs deserving of a chance at life. The rescues that once believed it was enough for these dogs to be alive are accepting the realities of the number of dogs that cannot be redeemed. Some are simply too damaged by mistreatment and bad genetics that they must be lost to insure the survival of the breed as a whole. Reality can be harsh but it must be faced by all in order that we may preserve this breed as it was meant to be.
A dog is what you make it. If it never knows positive input it is destined to be a problem. This is true of all breeds and education will be our greatest weapon in the fight to save our freedom to responsibly own the dog of our choice.
The sky is darkening and it is the army against BSL gathering together. We are putting you on notice that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The problem will be solved and the implementation of laws targeting the actual problem will be the proof.
MAVIS UPDATE: Since my last post I have had one incident of food aggression within my extended pack. Yes, it was between my two Queens of the Universe.
In my house we do not fight over food. I provide the food and it is mine to do with as I please. It is not by some divine right that the food appears.
I do not tolerate aggression in any form. The aggressor is the dog I focus on but the dog reacting is also taught that it is my place to protect, not their's. In the case of food and because I do not wish to be bitten, I remove the food in the most dramatic fashion I can; I have been known to kick heavy ceramic bowls across the room to remove the stimulus. That brings the focus back to me and off the fight.
My dogs are fed within 18 inches of each other. They much learn tolerance and boundaries. Anything less would be to invite disaster.
Once the crisis has passed, I do not hold a grudge. As their leader it is my responsibility to keep the peace and then move on. Dogs do not understand the shades of gray in human behavior. Their world is black and white, cause and effect.
I cannot say there will never be any further issues over food but I can say they are few and far between. Maintaining pack order is the genetic hardwire of the dog and learning to use that ingrained behavior is the key to maintaining peace. Dog owners must learn the way dogs perceive the world they live in to insure they are prepared to live in our world.