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Pit Bull Informational Pages
by Diane Jessup 

PIT BULL SPORTS
Part II

"Whatever any other breed of dog can do, a pit bull can do it better - and then whip the other dog."

Attributed to Louis Colby, J.P. Colby, President Roosevelt and several others.

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Easily the world's most versatile dog breed... Part II
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OBEDIENCE

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Pat Cook and OTCh Rollo, UD, without doubt the best bully obedience team ever to grace the ring. Rollo is quite a dog; tough, stable, beautiful and a rescue dog!


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Amy Morris and Petey show the world what an obedience trained bulldog should look like.

Any pit bull can be shown in obedience, papers or not. In fact, most of the serious dog sports (agility, weight pull, ring, schutzhund) do not require a dog to have papers. AKC obedience trials are open to all AKC Am Staffs, and any dog which can pass the ILP board as looking enough like an Am Staff to pass as one. In order for a pit bull to receive an ILP it must be spayed or neutered and conform to the AKC American Staff standard. That means red nose dogs are out. You can try, but probably will be discriminated against. UKC trials are open to any dog registered with the UKC, and they have recently copied the AKC's ILP program. Schutzhund clubs offer "obedience only" titles for any dog, registered or not. For information on how to get involved in AKC, UKC or schutzhund obedience, click on the links below:

DVG America
AKC ILP Information
UKC LP Information

In obedience trials dog and handler are required to work as a team, demonstrating the dog's ability to obey commands, and to be a useful canine citizen. In my experience pit bulls respond best to positive training methods. See the links page for links to pure positive training sites.

 

HERDING

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Bandog Dread, STD-d, STD-s was one of only 3 dogs (out of more than a dozen) to pen the sheep at this herding trial in the pouring rain.

 

 

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Bandog Dirk earned sanctioned herding titles on ducks and sheep, earning Highest Scoring Dog on Ducks his last time herding.

 

Because I titled Dread in duck and sheep herding and trialed him a time or two on cattle, as well as earning "Herding Certificates" (not really a training title) on several other pit bulls, people often ask me about information on this activity. To be truthful, it is not something I recommend. Today's herding trials are not a fair venue for these "catch dogs". Bulldogs can and do move stock, but that is not their real purpose. Their purpose is to catch and hold.

Second, herding trials are not for the faint of heart. I have seen stock animals killed and injured during training and trialing. It is not uncommon for the AKC type "herding" dogs, such as German Shepherd, Rottweilers and Bouviers to attack and bite the animals.

To each his own; herding remains a fascinating and worthy sport when done with real herding dogs, or "nontraditional" breeds that are under strict control. If you are bothered by the sight of frightened animals running about, this is not the sport for you.

There have been organized "catch dog" contests, but since they basically become baiting contests (which are illegal) the HSUS has been working to ban them.

CATCHING/HUNTING

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The American pit bull is historically a large game hunting dog. Some people still use the dogs for this purpose. The typical game is wild boars.

The dogs generally work with hounds, which trail the game, while the bulldogs close in and grip the animal by the ears (most commonly).

Boars are generally killed by the hunter approaching, grabbing the boar by the hind legs, throwing it and slitting its throat or stabbing it behind the elbow. One can easily see how very important it is that a dog be a staunch, tough, reliable animal which will NOT release its grip no matter how injured or hurt it is. If the dog releases, the hunter faces serious injury.

To left, these pictures show two pit bulls working a bull. These pictures show how bulldogs do not indiscriminately attack an animal anywhere on its body like other breeds do. Instead, they grip only the ears or muzzle, the two places by which an animal the size of a pit bull can control a 2000 pound bull.

Hunting with dogs is controversial, of course, as some people consider it cruel to both the game animal and the dogs. However, like it or not, gripping large game is the working heritage of this breed.

To see a video of gripping dogs working click here. (These are mixed staghounds).

To see a good pit bull and a cur pit bull, click here. Watch the brindle and white cur out when the going gets rough, while the red dog hangs tough.

(Videos courtesy of Boardogs.com)

FLYBALL

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Flyball Champion "Omen"

This is a fast, fun sport for those with well mannered and well trained dogs who love to jump and retrieve. Flyball competitions are great fun to watch, hilarious, and the dogs LOVE it. The point is for one team of dogs to compete against another team of dogs in a relay contest. The dogs run down through a series of jumps, come to the flyball box which the dog must hit with its foot, the ball shoots out, the dog catches it and races back to the handler. This sport has been featured as half-time entertainment at sporting events. The sport has evolved tremendously in the past couple decades, and flyball titles are even available for dogs to earn. To learn more about flyball, click here.

DOCK DOG CONTESTS

 

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"X-Dog" her first time out.

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Boldog Old Yeller, SchH I, IPO I,
his first time out.

There is a new sport in town. For dogs which love the water, somebody has come up with a contest to see whose dog can jump the furthest off the dock and the highest off the dock. The dogs love it.

For information on how to find Dock Dog events near you, click here.

Please be aware that Dock Dog people tend to have very loose control of their dogs. Expect loose dogs, aggressive dogs, large dogs "controlled" by small children, and dogs trying to grab your dog's toy. PLEASE only take dog-friendly or highly controlled dogs.

I'd like to see some good pit bulls get into this sport. I suspect that they can beat the pants off the Labs, given the opportunity.

To see some pictures of my dogs their first time out, click here.


FRISBEE CONTESTS

 

 

 

As Wallace the pit bull and owner/handler Andrew Yori have proven, pit bulls can excell at Frisbee type competitions! Andrew (Roo) and Wallace were crowned 2006 Cynosport Flying Disc World Champions! This was in world competition with teams from Japan, Europe and North America. Way to go boys!

CLICK HERE to see video of the boys competing at the world championships! It is AWESOME! While there, check out the Waz gear!

For information on how to train your dog for this great sport, please visit HERE.

 

BOOMER BALL

 

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