Almost every weekend a group of 6 Pit Bulls and their owners gather at the Western Pa Humane Society.
These responsible owners and their dogs attend the Bully Ambassador Class. This 7 week long program is designed to help strengthen the bond between owners and their dogs, keep Pit Bulls out of the shelter system due to behavior problems, teach the dogs obedience work using positive training methods and help to change the negative perceptions about Pit Bulls from the general public and media.
The classes are filled quickly showing how dedicated Pit Bull owners can be. Dogs in the class learn new things such as looking at other dogs and then checking back in with their owners. They also fine tune old skills, like loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, etc.
No choke or prong collars are allowed in class. Owners may use training tools such as no pull harnesses and gentle leaders. Many owners simply use flat buckle collars or martingale collars.
The class was developed a year ago and has continued on, due to such a high rate of enrollment. Upon graduation, each dog and owner receive a diploma stating that their dog is a breed ambassador.