A "jenni" or "catmill" exercises dogs. This one belongs to me.
Any kind of dog can run a jenni. Here Dirk the pit bull is joined by a patterdale terrier and a Jack Russell terrier. The bait? A stuffed toy.
A "springpole". This is a really fun way for a pit bull - or other breed - to exercise. It does NOT increase or cause aggression. Just ask this dog: K-9 Mikey, now a drug detection dog with the Washington State Patrol. Arguably the friendliest dog on the force.
The following information will assist you
in obtaining warrants and prosecuting dog fighting cases.
This section is under construction so watch for additional
information coming soon. I'm presenting it in a Q&A
format for your convenience. I have been POST certified as
an expert in dog and cock fighting in two states, have taught
dog and cock fighting for the Washington State Justice Department
for several years, as well as teaching law enforcement workshops on dog and
cock fighting in five countries.
Q: What kinds of
things would a dog fighter have on his property that a non-fighting
pit bull owner would not have?
A: "Punk" dog fighters may have no
medical supplies for their dogs, but it is common for
higher level dog fighters to have an extensive supply of materials. When grouped together, it is safe to say that the average dog owner would not have these items on hand. Most of these items are used to repair wound damage,
to treat shock, and other activities associated with the severe
trauma of dog fighting. Below is a list of the
most common items you might find when searching a fighter's
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Solu-Delta-Cortef + Dexamethasone (Azium) (Prednisolone or Flumethasone).
Anti-Inflamatory/anti-shock injectibles. Reduces swelling.
2. Pain Killer (Lidocaine) or anykind.
3. Vitamin K Injectible. Promotes blood clotting.
4. Lactated Ringers + I.V. Catheters & Set-Ups.
5. Injectible Antibioctics. Ampicillin, Amoxicillin, or plain
Penicillin Procain are used to prevent infection of wounds.
7. Gauze and Leg Tape
8. Pound Flesh or Caustic Powder. Helps stop bleeding.
9. Albacillian or Baytril.
10. Hydrogen Peroxide.
12. Prepodyne Swab (for ears).
13. Iodine Shampoo or Betadine Surgical Scrub (for bathing).
14. Sutures (both silk and gut), Staple Gun and Removers.
16. Granulex Spray.
17. Scalpel and/or Surgical Razor.
18. Surgical Scissors.
19. Sterile Gloves.
20. Sterile Vaseline or KY Jelly.
22. Super Glue. Used for repairing split ears and tailtips.
23. Leather Shoestring or Equivalent to be used as a tourniquet
in case an artery is hit.
24. 3cc Syringes w/ 22-Guage Needles.
25. CytoMax + Canine Peak Condition (or Peak Performance).
26. Oxygen Set-up.
27. Blood Transfusion Set-up.
Q: Will the dogs at a dog fighters be aggressive to humans?
A: Not necessarily. The "natural" temperament of the pit bull - fighting bred or pet bred - is gentle and even submissive with humans; even strangers. While most pit bulls are sweet natured, many dogs kept by fighters are shy due to lack of socialization. They may hide in their dog houses or alarm bark. Most people are shocked to find just how sweet "fighting dogs" are.
Any pit bulls which are overtly man aggressive, i.e., trying to bite or lunging and growling are atypical of the breed and should be euthanized if possible.
Several years ago, a major national humane group published a list of items "associated with dog fighters". This list has certainly made the rounds, and these items are now listed on just about every animal control and humane society anti-dog fighting informational pages.
But there is a problem. Many, if not most of these items can be everyday items for the most responsible of owners. Paraphernalia is a slippery slop for the law enforcement officer to take. The following response to one such listing of common articles/practices is by Kirstan Sanders. Kirstan is active in fighting BSL in Washington state as well as taking time to use her rescue pit bull Cobi, CGC, TT, a Delta Society Therapy Dog as a pilot dog for the Tudors With Tails reading program for "at risk" kids.
Her response was directed to a "humane" magazine which sent
out the same old misinformation on "Signs of Dog Fighting".
Kirstan Sanders did a wonderful job of calling these folks
to task for their lack of knowledge and research. Please feel
free to use this anytime you see "humane professionals"
attempting to say that common items of responsible ownership
are sure fire "signs of dog fighting".
I recently ran across your 'signs of dogfighting' while
doing some research. I take issue with many of them and, it seems,
as a professional publication, you should do more to help dogs and people instead of hindering. Basically,
you're begging people to turn in their neighbors for items
they have for pit bulldogs that they would never turn them
in for if they had retrievers. Many of these items are
NOT used for 'fighting rings'. Please take a look at my comments below and let me know if you need clarification on any of
these. I'm hoping my comments and explanations will
lend you a more accurate view of some of these activities.
I think you want to educate people on some possible signs
of fighting, but these you've mentioned,
individually or combined, are not definite proof. Come on guys, a
little more research - don't take things so easily. Be tenacious!
Items listed and Kirstan's response:
* Multiple pit bulls in one yard
people have multiple dogs - many of our foster homes have
multiple dogs. Since we are a pit bulldog and bull breed rescue,
the dogs are of these breeds. We have divided areas for the
dogs to be out separately.
Pit bulls with short, cropped ears
are shown in AKC, UKC, CKC and ADBA with ears natural or cropped.
Many dogs have cropped ears. The crop of a pit bulldog, Cane
Corso, Neo Mastiff, Presa Canario is a short crop like Danes
have long crops. Cropping and docking is not my favorite thing
certainly, but it doesn't mean the dog is part of a dog fighting
'ring'. Note: MOST true fighting dogs are NOT cropped.
Dogs with scars on head, throat, legs and ears
dogs have scars on legs or heads from other things - wire,
digging under something, getting rolled (valid point) even
if the dog didn't fight back. Scars do not mean that a particular dog is a fighter - it could
mean that the dog has been attacked or gotten into a scrap.
It could also be a dog pulled from rescue and rehomed - those
scars don't heal invisibly. Have you looked at Earthdog types after hunts? They have scars
all over their heads and legs from brush, thorns and animal bites.
Dogs wearing 2-inch-wide collars
on the size of the dog, 2" collars are fine. Some believe
that these cause less stress to the throat. Look back in some
of the old pictures when pit bulldogs were common farm dogs
(they did not originate as fighters, they were butcher's dogs)
and they wore big collars. Mastiffs, the same. Bulldogs and
Bull Terriers the same.
Tires or pieces of leather suspended several feet off the ground
from trees, used to exercise dogs
is called a springpole and is an exercise tool. Terriers and
bulldog types and some working breeds find these great exercise
outlets. Fit, lean, strong dogs should not be shunned or denied
exercise! More dogs should be fit and lean and strong!
Treadmills for exercising dogs
anyone? Have you tried exercising a smooth coated dog in the
cold or wet weather? I'm a runner and can't for the life of
me drag my dogs out in the rain even with their custom made
goretex jackets, boots and hoods! They'd much prefer to exercise
on a treadmill in the warm garage or the spare room. Show dog, retriever trainers
and hound people use them and they are advertised
in many pet product magazines (Fosters is one that comes to mind.
3C's is another). People have treadmills for themselves and
for their dogs - it's a sign that we, as pet owners, feel
the need to have fit pets instead of giving in to the obesity
we currently see in people and pets.
Locked privacy fences
am with a rescue group that REQUIRES 6' board privacy fence
with locked gates. I require it whether I place pit bulldogs,
bulldogs, mastiff types, labs, German shepherds or any breed. No one should
be able to enter your yard and access your dog unless invited.
We also require that dogs NOT be left unattended in the yard
when people are not home unless in a top wired/bottom wired
or cemented, locked kennel inside the locked privacy fence.
Oh, there must also be a double hulled doghouse for the dogs
Dogs leashed with heavy chains to metal posts in the ground
are tie outs or ziplines.... you may want to talk to the racing husky and hound people as well then. Would it be better for the dog to be stuck in a shipping crate all day? I don't believe in tethering a dog
out for the majority of the day or his/her life, but some
dogs are happier on a 30' tie out than couped up inside in a box
- at least they are outside and able to move about . I know
I would be.
Dogs being moved from a house frequently in cages
also could be a rescue transporting dogs. I get lots of dogs
in and out for quick overnight trips in the middle of a transport
and they must be crated when in the car in case of a car accident.
I also keep them separate from
my own dogs as some of the dogs I get in from shelters have
Dogs and people coming and going frequently from a site
sure it's not a show stop or rescue. You give these things to look for
and don't give a context.
Dogs forced to pull heavy items such as chains and tire rims
to strengthen muscles
pulling is a sport - has been for ages. Malamutes, Huskies,
pit bulldogs, terriers, whippets - everyone can compete.
Many dogs LOVE to pull... just watch a competition. Check
out the IWPA site - International Weight Pull Association.
Gosh, do you guys do ANY dog sports? Many people who own pit bulls are attracted to fit, athletic dogs and take pride in their appearance.