Rescued Pit Bulls Are Trained to Become K9 Units and Break their Stereotype
Over the years, pit bulls have gotten an ugly stigma attached to them, making many people cringe just hearing their name. This stereotype is untrue, of course, and is based on how people used to do with dogs belonging to this breed of dog. Because of their short hair and stout build, pit bulls were used for fighting, even though the breed itself is in no way violent or aggressive by nature. Chihuahuas are far more aggressive than these dogs here. But since pit bulls were being raised simply for fighting in many cases, they were often times mistreated and made aggressive by their unworthy owners. Nevertheless, the stigma remained.
What most people don’t know, however, is that pit bulls are highly intelligent, friendly, sociable and quick to learn. These qualities make them great candidates to become K9 units along law enforcement. And this didn’t go unnoticed and some organisations have taken it upon themselves to do just that.
The Animal Farm Foundation has since made it their goal to erase that stigma once and for all by rescuing mistreated pit bulls and then get them trained as perfect K9 units. The organisation is in collaboration with Universal K9, a training service, as well as with the Austin Pets Alive!, a rescue based in Texas.During their training, the pit bulls learn everything they need to know, from criminal apprehension to: drug, explosive, or arson detection.
“Any dog that has the drive, confidence, and desire to work can do it! Breed does not dictate a dog’s ability to work,” explained Universal K9 founder Brad Croft.
One huge advantage these trained pit bulls have over other purebred dogs is that police departments get them for free as compared to $10 or 15,000 other German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois cost. There are some noteworthy examples of the success of the program. These are Libby and Shaka. Libby, for example, was just days away from being euthanised when she was rescued and introduced to the training program.
The police department she now works at posted a photo next to what she discovered on the job, thus showing the effectiveness of both the breed and the program itself. Shaka, on the other hand, was rescued in New York City and has since served on the force in Oregon and Washington. Her handler, Billy Wells, said this about her:
“Shaka stands out above the rest who do the same type of detection work. She is a people pleaser and a wonderful pet.”