Even though pit bulls have proven over and over again that they are capable of being just as sweet and loving as any other dog, they're still widely assumed to be dangerous and vicious.
In fact, people are so afraid of pit bulls that they've even tried banning them from entire cities, like Montreal for example.
But there are many different programs that are trying to prove that pit bulls are just as deserving of love and praise as other breeds are.
One of these programs is run by the Animal Farm Foundation. They've been working with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to train pit bulls to be used as official police canines!
Many police around the country have taken on pit bulls and trained them. They've seen just how obedient and hard-working these dogs can be.
Take a look at the photos below to learn more about this new trend in policing, where rescued pit bulls rather than purebreds are trained to be on the police force.
More and more, police forces have decided to adopt this ingenious plan which allows them to get more trained K9 partners, as well as providing homes for these precious pit bulls.
"Police Departments are finally getting it," explained Protect Pit Bulls from BSL online.
"Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a trained Belgian or GSD, they are now taking pit bulls from shelters and training them, and they are proving themselves to be amazing police and military K9's."
It makes perfect sense that pit bulls would make great police dogs, due to the fact that they're incredibly obedient and can be trained to do almost anything that their owners need them to do!
It's sad that these poor pits have gotten such a bad reputation for being dangerous. They've even been the victims of legislation that's trying to have them banned from entire communities - which is something that Protect Pit Bulls from BSL (breed-specific legislation) is trying to put a stop to.
Thankfully, the police training is changing people's perceptions about the breed by showing them that they can be well-trained, protective and professional animals.
Organizations such as the Animal Farm Foundation have been working with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to offer sheltered pit bulls the proper training to work as detective dogs.
During their training, the dogs learn everything from narcotics, explosives, cadaver, and arson detection to apprehension of criminals.
"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.
And because they are training rescued pit bulls, this means that the police department is spending a lot less money.
Purebred, trained German Shepherds, or Belgian Malinois, which are typically found working on police forces, can be very expensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars!
Police departments located all over the country, such as the Washougal Police Department, the Cattahoochee Hills Police Department, Georgia Police Department, and the Poughkeepsie Police Department in New York, have all introduced pit bulls to the force.
If not adopted by these trainers and made into police dogs, there is a high probability that these poor pit bulls would have been euthanized while in the shelters.
"AFF [Austin Pets Alive!] stresses treating each dog as an individual - we can't base their behavior on their appearance or their past. I don't speculate or dwell on their past. The dogs don't either. Let them be dogs," explains Bernice Clifford a K9 trainer.
The police department trainers feel very confident that pit bulls are absolutely perfect for this kind of training- in fact, the only thing they find difficult with this breed is getting them to be aggressive toward people!
With the help of AFF, the K9 trainers, and the police squads themselves, pit bulls are proving to everyone that there isn't any reason why they should be treated any different than any other breed of dog.
Now that so many of them are being put to work, hopefully they'll soon be renowned as heroes instead of safety hazards.
WOW! What a wonderful idea! This is an amazing breed of dog and it would be so nice to see them used for such a worthy cause! What do you think about this program?
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