janine_says: Illegal Training of a Pit Bull?
This sounded crazy to me, so please advise if you have any information:
My brother has two older German Sheppards. One is too old to walk far due to bad hips and the other is experiencing "fear-aggression" as she gets older, so he decided to get a treadmill to help exercise his dogs when he can't get them out to walk in the neighborhood.
I bring my 5mth old Pit ("Chili) over to have play dates w/ his dogs so my brother was commenting to the guy he bought the tread mill from that it would be good to put the puppy on there to walk off some of his puppy energy. And the guy who was selling it said it was illegal to walk a Pit on a tread mill because it was considered "training" the dog for fighting!
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Is that true? It just seems outrageoulsy insane to me that excersizing my dog could be considered training him for fighting and that there is actually a law prohibiting it!
I live in CA and tried to do some research on this, but didn't find anything.
I actually don't mind walking my dog, he loves to be outside and loves to visit the neighbor dogs, and I think it's great exercise for both of us. He's never been agressive and is more likely to lick you to death than anything!
I guess what really angered me was the suggestion that putting my dog on a tread mill to walk is illegal JUST because he is a PIt!!
There are a lot of dogs that get classified as "aggressive" or "dangerous" (e.g.: German Sheppards, Terriers, Rotwilers, Chows, Boxers, Dobermans, ect ..) but it ISN'T illegal to put them on a tread mill. Just my Pit who is a huge lovebug!
I realize that Pits have a horrible reputation due to their OWNERS mistreating them and intentionally raising an agressive dog, but as a bred, Pits are just a loveable as the next. Did you know that the dog on Little Rascals was a Pit? I don't know about you, but those kids looked happy and safe to me!
Okay ... off my soap box and back to researching the law...
And doesn't the Dog Whisper (Cesar Milan) use a tread mill for his dogs at his compound? He lives in LA and I don't see the police banging on his door ...???
Answers and Views:
Answer by jerri_k02
Tell the guy to mind his own bussiness. What is the difference where your dog is walking? Either a tred mill or around the block. I think it is actually a good idea cause then your puppy can still get the excise it needs when you don't feel like taking a walk or it is raining out.
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