Your Questions About Pass To Me Pitbull

Michael asks…

How do. I keep my pitbull from barking at other dogs when I go walking?

When he would see a dog he would crouch down and lunge at it while barking. It was so bad I had to let them pass and walk on for a while before I could get moving myself. It was embarassing

admin answers:

When you´re walking the dog, don´t let him get distracted with smelling bushes and stuff like that. It´s plain exercise, walk, walk, walk, until he has discharged a lot of energy. So, whenever another dog walks by and you see he´s starting to get distracted, pull the leash in order to re-focus his attention on the walk. The more you do this the easier it gets, for he learns the routine.

P.S.: I´m assuming you have established yourself already as the pack leader for him.

Mary asks…

Can a pitbull puppy be a therapy dog right away?

I need a therapy dog. Like soon. I’ve done some of my own research already but maybe I’m missing something. So far, I’ve read that there are requirements for an animal to become a certified therapy animal. Like being at least a year old, being able to behave well and obediently in public whether that’s with people or other animals, and it has to know basic commands.

But what if having a baby pitbull is therapeutic to me?? What if just having a cute little adorable puppy is enough? Eventually yes I will train her to become the best certified therapy dog ever but what if I need her now? Will I be allowed to take her places with me? Grocery stores, school, work, planes? Cuz isn’t it illegal for people to request to see the paperwork? Can’t they ONLY ask if she’s a therapy dog–yes or no???

I would LOVE to get more information about this subject

admin answers:

First, let’s get the terminology correct:

Definitions of service animal, ESA and therapy animal

A Service dog (or service animal) means any dog (or in special instances miniature horses) that is individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical or mental disability. The tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to and mitigate the disabled individual´s disability. Service dogs serve ONE person, the disabled handler. Disabled persons with service dogs have access into all places the public is generally allowed to go. They must be highly trained in many aspects. Protection training is not considered to be a legitimate task. Having a service animal for a qualified disabled person is protected by the ADA as a civil right.


An Emotional Support Animal is a dog or other common domestic animal that provides theraputic support to a disabled or elderly owner (ONE person) through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life. If a Mental Health Professional (or regular Dr for the elderly) determines that a patient with a disabling mental illness would benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal, the doctor writes a letter supporting a request by the patient to keep the ESA in „no pets“ housing or to travel with the ESA in the cabin of an aircraft. ESAs are not task trained like service dogs. In fact little training at all is required so long as the animal is reasonably well behaved by pet standards. This means the animal is fully toilet trained and has no bad habits that would disturb neighbors such is frequent or lengthy episodes of barking. The animal should not pose a danger to other tenants, maintenance or workmen. Emotional Support Animals are not generally taken anywhere pets would not ordinarily go without permission (the exception being to fly in the cabin of an aircraft, even if the airline does not ordinarily accept pets). They do not have public access rights with their owners and are not protected under the ADA.


Therapy dogs are working dogs (dogs with jobs), but they are not a type of service dog. Therapy dogs help MORE THAN ONE person (NOT the owner) and visit Nursing Homes, Hospitals and other places they are INVITED to go, offering comfort, affection and companionship. Legally they are considered pets and are afforded NO special access rights. Therapy dogs must be basic obedience trained, calm, socialized, non aggressive and usually must have passed the Canine Good Citizen Test.


So, what you’re actually describing is a service animal.

The first question is, do you qualify? Are you disabled under ADA standards? If you’re not, you can’t have a service dog. Period.

If you are disabled under ADA standards, the second question would be is there a task or tasks that you cannot do yourself, that a dog can be trained to do, that is directly related to and mitigates your disability? For instance, I have a broken back and drop things often that I cannot bend down to pick up. Since I can see, having a seeing eye service dog wouldn’t mitigate my disability. Having a service dog that picks up dropped items would.

The last requirement is the dog. Service dogs are highly trained animals and must be specifically trained to perform a specific task or tasks. Training could take upwards of two years. Comfort, companionship or affection aren’t legitimate tasks. If that’s all you need a dog for, it would be an Emotional Support Animal, not a service dog. Service dogs must be potty trained, socialized around pets, people and different environments, calm in public and in crowds, cannot solicit attention from others, doesn’t bark (unless that’s a task), strictly obedience trained, able to sit/lie down and stay for extended periods of time – In general the dog needs to be the best behaved dog most people have ever seen.

When the dog is learning the task or tasks the dog needs to learn to be a service dog, it’s considered a service dog IN TRAINING. SDiT do NOT have the same access rights service dogs accompanying their owners have. Each state determines what public access is afforded SDiT.

So, to answer your questions: There’s no certification that magically makes a dog a service dog. An untrained puppy cannot be a service dog. Regardless of whether an untrained puppy is therapeutic to you, it would not be a service dog – even if you „need“ it now. You cannot take your puppy everywhere with you. And although there are only a couple questions a business can ask, no business is stupid enough to believe a puppy could be a fully trained service dog. So they can refuse you entrance.

Ruth asks…

How can I get up the courage to take my dog to the shelter?

My wife says we cannot keep our pitbull-akita mix because we have a baby in the house and she is too wild and aggressive. My wife has demanded that I take her back to the shelter.

How can I cope with the fact that I know, since she is older and part pitbull, she is probably going to be put to sleep.

I feel so sad, I don’t want to take her, but I cannot make my wife angry. What should I do to cope.

admin answers:

She’s „wild and aggressive“ because you and your wife failed as her owners. ANY human being that expects to have children in any time of their life should KNOW that whenever you get a dog you have to TRAIN it to behave a specific way around children.

You’re right, she will be put to sleep- especially when you fill out the form saying WHY you’re dumping her in that hell hole. „Too hyper for children“. EVERYONE will pass by her not only because of her breed/s, but because of your mistake.

You’ve damned her as much as the shelter will.

Why not find a breed specific rescue who knows how to handle a dog like this. Http://

That being said, almost NO rescue has room due to the season. Every rescue in my area, breed specific or not, is overflowing with daily calls from owners who „just can’t cope“ or from shelters who are literally flooding with dogs and puppies. Don’t be surprised when a rescue says no- because a dog with behavioral issues isn’t adoptable, and they’re not going to waste time on it.

I’ve had to turn down well over 40 dogs just in the past MONTH because we have no foster space or kennel room. The fate of those poor creatures were determined the moment their owners decided that training wasn’t necessary.

If you don’t have the courage to take her to the shelter, take her to your vet and euthanize her. At least then she won’t be alone and terrified when the euthanasia tech comes strolling down the shelter halls. At least then she’ll see a familiar face before she goes.

Laura asks…

In areas where having a pitbull is illegal, is it illegal to have a mix breed pitbull too?

Where I live there is no law against owning one but they tend to pass stupid laws where I live. I have a boxer-pitbull mix so is it illegal to own a mix breed pitbull?

admin answers:

Depends on the law and depends on the dog.
Most of the laws say „Pit Bulls“ and „Pit Bull mixes“ and elaborate that it’s a muscular dog with short fur and a short, wedged shaped, and/or large head. This would cover anything from a real American Pit Bull Terrier, a Staffordshire Terrier, an American Bully, and tons of other „Bully“ breeds on out to a working Labrador Retriever or Boxer. Most of the cases where dogs are taken away are based on visual appearance and the burden of proving the dog is not a „Pit Bull“ falls upon the owner, and more often than not appeals fail.
If the dog is registered as a Pit mix then the dog would likely be grandfathered in (though some areas skipped this and went for mass round ups), if not then you could potentially lie though if the dog has too many Bully looking features your dog could still be in danger.
Have you considered writing to your representative and telling them that you do support dangerous dog laws but do not support them being based on breed? Jump the gun and let your voice be heard if you fear something may happen.

Mandy asks…

Do you have to obtain a license for pit bulls in the UK?

Pit bulls have always been a favourite breed in our family. Unfortunatly about a year ago our pit bull passed at a very old age, 15. Now we are thinking of getting another, but we arent too sure about the new rules in owning them. Anyone have any information they could share?

admin answers:

Here is what I found for Germany:

„Dangerous Dog Legislation“ of Hessen, Germany, states:

Pit bulls, Amstaffs, Staffordshire Bull terriers, American Bulldogs, Bandogs, Bull Terriers, and Mastiffs are all labeled „fighting dogs“ and are on the „Dangerous Dog List.“

consequences include:

Dogs must undergo a 5-hour, $500 temperament test. If your dog fails, YOUR DOG IS TAKEN FROM YOU AND EUTHANIZED. If your dog passes, you must then prove that you have a „just interest“ for owning the dog and file a petition to keep the dog. IF permission is granted, your dog must be MUZZLED IN PUBLIC AT ALL TIMES, spayed/neutered and only walked/handled by someone age 18 or older. You must post „Warning Dangerous Dog“ signs. Breeding, buying, selling, or giving away a dog of this breed is prohibited. Similar laws exist in England. Laws which have been proven not to affect dog bite statistics.

Countless numbers of family pets, pit bulls and Amstaffs as well as dogs that „look like“ these breeds, have since been euthanized. Dog owners have been terrorized by neighbors and passerby. In one case, a dog was set on fire and killed in front of its owner. (see link to article at right)

1998 dog bite list for Germany, by breed:
1. German Shepherd Dog mixes: 2,379 2. German Shepherd Dog: 1,956 3. Rottweiler: 542 4. Pit bull: 320 5. Doberman Pinscher: 223 (Note: the German Shepherd Dog is NOT ON THE DANGEROUS DOG LIST!)

This is very sad. I love all those ‚bully breeds‘. I have met my fair share of bad dogs but they were abused and neglected. If you read the story in the link .. It was about an American Pitbull Terrier and an Amstaff killed a schoolboy in Germany and the dogs were shot by police at the park. One dog was found to not eat in THREE days and had DRUGS in its system. Its not the owners huh? Obviously a well treated pitbull (like yours and so many others) exist.

I hope this helps a bit!

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