TrainingWe Support the Use of Only the Most Modern, Humane, and Science-Based Training Methods.
At PittieLove Rescue we care deeply about the welfare and well-being of our adopted dogs and want them to live happy and successful lives with their families.
In this spirit, we strongly support and encourage our adopters to pursue training with their dogs, both immediately after adoption and throughout their lives.
Training is required for all puppies under the age of 6 months. Potential adopters are asked to submit proof of registration for a rescue vetted and approved puppy class prior to adoption.
PittieLove Rescue supports the use of only the most modern, humane, and science-based training methods. Evidence shows that teaching dogs through a positive reinforcement-based approach is more effective, more humane, and helps create happy and well-adjusted companions.
We are especially invested in dispelling stigma surrounding pit bull type dogs and the long-standing myth that they require a heavier hand in training. All dogs learn the same and all dogs benefit from training that’s centered on motivating them and teaching them how to be successful in our world.
Outdated training methods and tools that cause pain and elicit fear have been well documented to pose risks and cause harmful behavioral side effects including increased aggression, fear, and anxiety. PittieLove Rescue does not support the use of aversion training methods or tools including prong collars, choke collars, e-collars, bark collars, electric fences and pet containment systems, and other aversions that rely on scaring, startling, or hurting dogs as a way to change their behavior.
For more information, please see the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statements on:
Humane Dog Training
The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification with Animals
Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals
How to Choose a Trainer
To find a reputable trainer or behavior professional in your area, please use the following directories:
Pet Professional Guild
Karen Pryor Academy
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
The Academy for Dog Trainers
Ways to Help
PittieLove Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-operated organization which means that 100% of the funds donated go directly to the pit bulls in our care. All donations are tax deductible.
We’re grateful for any amount we receive and sincerely appreciate your support!