Breed Specific Legislation- A warning for all breeds.

First of all you will have to bare with me as I am posting this as is.

Over the years different countries and even different states have been hacking away at the rights of dog owners.  The worst of the attacks is Breed Specific Legislation.  While this tends to be aiming at the Pit Bull breed and ripping them away from their families to put them to death, it doesn’t mean it will stop there.

Many fears about the Pit Bull breed is unfounded and is due mainly from uneducated people(and in some cases even owners).  Yes there has been Pit Bull attacks however, there has also been: Lab, Goldens, Poodles, Corgi, as well as any other breed under the sun has bitten humans.  Any living thing here on earth can bite and cause some damage to the human body.  What it really comes down to is the education that is provided to the owners as well as the dogs themselves to make them socially accepted by society.

Education is the key:

With no laws needed for education most owners tend to grab the first dog they see.  And then many do not find the help thinking they know how to raise a dog.  Many owners may take outdated tips from T.V shows who hosts are not really educated with up to date information about dog behavior.  This can leave owners in believing that they must dominate and use force on breeds such as Pit Bulls.  Aggression and force only creates a ticking time bomb as the dog can become aggressive or even afraid due to the training methods used on a dog.  Using more up to date methods such as Positive Reinforcement correctly makes a stable dog who will respond to cues every time he or she is asked.  As there no fall-outs(other than the dogs loving all the positive attention) from this way of training the likely hood of an aggressive dog coming from a Positive Reinforcement home is highly unlikely.

Educating the breeders:

Ranging from Pit Bulls to even doodles- breeders need to understand that they must breed in care of the personality they wish to pass onto the puppies.  The likely hood if they breed two dogs who are highly aggressive to have some aggression in the later line of blood is most likely going to occur.  This has happened in cases of humans when two people have children who have anger issues.  While training can help curve and teach new behaviors we want the dog to perform the puppies will have a better chance if they come from a responsible breeder who takes in count the health of their breeding stock as well as the emotional state of the parent dogs.

Tough look is over rated:

Sadly there are some owners who should not own Pit Bulls as they use them as a status tough guy (or girl ) look.  A dog is not something to add to your looks a dog is a living breathing thing that becomes part of your family.  A large issue with the image of Pit Bulls is thanks to thugs who think the dog makes them look tough and in turn raises a dog who is not socially accepted.  Understand each time you own a Pit Bull YOU are responsible for the rep the breed gets and in turn are the reason of the high death rate in Pit Bulls (I understand there are families who raise Pit Bulls correctly I am talking about the other half who don’t).  Your Pit Bull doesn’t need spikes, chains, chokes, prong, shock, or anything else spiky to make them a Pit Bull or to make them look tough they do not need that image.  Pit Bulls need to be seen for what they really are which are loving caring family pets who more than once have saved their loving family.

Some maybe asking why would a Golden Retriever lover be so worried about a Legislation against Pit Bulls.  I love all breeds of dogs, Pits are no different… I plea with people to get education because if that is in place, bite rates for ALL breeds will go down.  Lets face it, this law should scare all dog owners as any one of our breeds could be next in this Holocaust against dogs.  Take a stand do not allow this to happen…Be an example for your breed, get the education from a force free trainer and understand that you and your dog can make a difference.   Vote those out of office who would tell you who can and can not be part of your family.  The Breed Specific Legislation is unethical and inhumane to put into practice… Punish the deed not the breed.

I hope the many dogs even those who were not Pit Bulls but were called one due to their looks made it safety over the rainbow bridge.  Lets stop this barbaric practice.  Killing breeds will not make a town, city or country safe… Education is the key.

Information for Pit Bulls:

The prototype of the breed originally sprang from crossing the old type of Bulldog with most likely

the English smooth Terrier.  Sadly the way they made it to America is due to their dog fighting skills in the 1800s.  During this time is how they gained their common name today “Pit Bull Terrier”.  Along with that name they were also know by: American Bull Terrier, and Yankee Terrier.  Americans focused more on a bigger size of the dog while the English version was smaller.  As time went on the two blood lines ended up diverging and in 1936 the ACK recognized the breed as Staffordshire Terrier.    As breeders where breeding the dog they were aiming for a loving trusting dog which at times was misused.

Temperament: Typically docile and playful with family, if socialized correctly they are also friendly with strangers.  While this dog breed is good around children NO dog should ever be left alone with a child.  Nor should a child be allowed to rough house with any breed.

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The Whale Torpedo-Dog toy review

Hey there, Green Paw here.

I told you I was going to review the whale torpedo.  I was hoping it was going to be a little bit later in the week or maybe in the month… However, after just three days… lets just say I will explain in a moment.

I was walking through a pet store when my eyes caught onto a picture of a dog wearing 3-d glasses, under that was a large funny looking fish (or whale).  It has all the colors a dog can see: Yellow, blue with funky shapes.  The body of the toy is nice and pudgy, which then leads to a thinner tail. At the end of the tail is three separate fins.

The back of the packaging explained what colors dogs  can see, and the reason behind using the colors on the toy is so dogs will play with the toy more than usual (supposedly).  While yes, my dogs fell in love with the toy, which  is a bonus, it isn’t so much a bonus for the toy.

Little bit more info on the toy:

The toy is from HIGH VIZ technology, sadly made in China however….  As I was checking  on their company online site, I noticed the one thing I have been trying to stay away from.  “The Dog Whisperer” aka Caesar Millan.  There is a reason why I try to stay away from this dog trainer and ALL of his products which will be also talked about later on in the Green Paw.  On that note I would like to mention if you are going to follow any “Dog Whisperer”, please look up Paul Owens, the original Dog Whisperer.  Ok, time to get back on track….

Anywoof,

While at first I did not know that info about who the company supports,  I decided I would let the dogs play with the toy, after all I already had  paid for it.

Within in the first hour or so of the dogs picking it up, tossing it between each other, the white color on the whale had already turn dirty looking (this was inside as well) so the fabric of this toy picks up dirt, dust you name it, it will find it.  I shrugged it off ok not a biggie, it was bound to get dirty sooner or later.  While my oldest Golden grabbed a hold of one end the youngest tugged on the other. It began to stretch.  Oddly enough the toy itself did not break.  “At the moment I thought what a great toy, maybe this one will be worthy of the two paws up or more.”

The next day my youngest Golden picked it up and was carrying it around, soon she sat down.  I only took my eyes off her for about four minutes as I was working on my computer.  As I checked in with her I noticed the toy was on the ground however, something yellow was sticking out of her mouth!  It was one of the three fins, which sewing had come undone and off of the whale.

I quickly picked up the toy and the fin, eyed the toy itself, “well… no stuffing is out of the toy”, and it seems the fins themselves were not filled with any stuffing.

At this point I just threw out the one lonely fin, and on the third day allowed some play time with their friend the whale.  Both Goldens were playing and chasing each other around till my oldest decided she was ready to take a break.  Nyssa, the youngest, laid down cuddling with the toy…Another 20 minutes later both dogs had gotten up and headed to the door to be let out…there on the ground laid the Whale, and its little fishy guts spilling out from where the tail meets the body.  This however had stuffing, thus ends the tale (haha) of the Whale torpedo…  The poor thing didn’t even make it to the water testing as it states it can float…

Over all score:

Idea:   

toughness: o

Price: (was around 14 however, should have been very less with how it was made)

Buy again: 0 Paws

Long term toy: 0 Paws (unless you are a millionaire who can buy these ever other day, do not try it)

While the idea of this toy was great, and using colors that would keep a dog into the toy, there is still a lot that needs to be redone on this toy.  If you are just looking for a stuff toy for your bed, this one would be for you just don’t let your furry family member play with it.

Next time on The Green Paw

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