Friday, March 25, 2011

6th Annual "I Pittie, The Fool" Photo Contest!

April Fool's Day - A Day for Tomfoolery

Who defines being a fool better than a pit bull? Are you entertained by your bully buddy's antics? Is your canine companion a constant comic cut-up? Share those silly moments with everyone by submitting a photo to our contest!

To enter your playful pooch in our contest, send your photo, the dog's name, your name, and your email address to

Once all pictures are received they will be put into a gallery for the public to vote on. The owner with the best fool of a pit bull will win a t-shirt from PBRC featuring his/her contest picture.

Please submit your photos no later than
Sunday, March 27, 2011 (Midnight EST). Multiple entries are welcome, but please submit only one photo per dog. And please remember safety first when snapping those silly pics!

Vote for your favorite fool March 29-30.

Winners announced April 1!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Promotion to Benefit PBRC

For THREE days only, March 14th, 15th, and 16th, photographer Melissa McDaniel is having a promotional sale on her two dog photo books, Deaf Dogs and Rescued in America. Thirty percent of the sales from phone orders over this three day period will go to PBRC. Both books feature a large number of pit bulls, pit bull mixes and bully breeds.

If you'd like to purchase one -- or both! -- of these beautiful books and to help PBRC at the same time, please make sure you call in your order to 267-968-9973.

Books are printed and ready to ship!

For more on this special promotion, CLICK HERE.

Deaf Dogs

Seventy eight touching portraits and short biographies of deaf dogs. Thousands of deaf dogs are put to sleep each year simply because they are deaf. Deaf Dogs is the photographer and
author's tribute to her deaf dog who has given her so much.

Rescued In America

One hundred and five gorgeous portraits and short biographies of rescued dogs. Millions of homeless dogs are put to sleep each year. The dogs in this book are some of the lucky ones - all of them, once homeless, found their forever homes.

Click here to view photos from the dog photo books and read more about the projects: The Photo Books

Melissa's next book will be on pit bulls. She is currently taking applications for the book. If you are interested, you need to fill out an application now. Sessions will take place nationwide and will begin in a few weeks. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Loose Leash Walking

A daily walk is the perfect way to keep our beloved dogs slim and trim while also incorporating obedience training for good manners. Daily walks encourage a healthy lifestyle for both humans and canines. However, walks are not enjoyable if your dog is pulling you down the street or crossing in front of you throughout the entire walk! It is best to consult a trainer to find the method that works best for you and your dog.

Begin training in a place where your dog is comfortable. There should be minimal distractions, such as your back yard, front porch or even your living room. Before taking a walk outside, it can be very helpful to exercise your dog before the walk a bit. A game of fetch or tug (or whatever activity your dog enjoys) is ideal. This way, the dog will have burned off some initial excitement/energy.

What you will need:

  • One dog
  • A 3-6 ft leash. Preferably a sturdy nylon or leather. Chain leashes can snap or hurt us humans and retractable leashes are not ideal for teaching loose leash walking. This is because retractable leashes work on tension and make it difficult to maintain control.
  • A properly fitted collar and or training aid. Recommended collars are : flat buckle, no slide, or martingale. Recommended training tools: Easy Walk Harness(clips in front, across chest) or Gentle Leader Head Collar.
  • A portion of your dog’s kibble or healthy recommended treat. This will give the opportunity to reward good behaviors, while eliminating excess calories that can pack on the pounds.
There are many methods to teach a dog to walk politely on a leash.. Remember, with any training, always be consistent. Below are leash walking methods that are tried and true and simple.


This method is simple yet effective. Begin the walk, the moment your dog pulls, simply make like a tree. Tugging on the leash will only encourage pulling, due to the natural instinct that animals have, termed “opposition reflex”. This simply means, when tension is created on the leash, the dog instinctively will pull. Stop moving, and do not tug back on the leash. The moment your dog stops pulling, use your marker word (such as “Good! or Yes!”) and reward your dog. Repeat the process any and every time your dog does this.
You may only go two steps at a time, but soon your dog will learn that any time he or she pulls, the enjoyable walk is put on hold. The less he or she pulls, the more he or she gets to walk. Always remember not to create tension on the leash. A three-foot lead may be ideal to ensure your dog does not have too much leeway.


This game makes walks fun! Start your walk out and have some small, healthy treats or kibble in your pockets, bait bag or training apron. Toss the food on the ground, in the direction that you are headed and tell your dog to” find it”. When the dog finds the food reward, say cheerfully “This way!” And move backwards a few steps. Reward your dog for following you from your hand. This is a two part system that allows dogs to have fun but also requires the dog to check in with its handler. Dogs really enjoy “tracking” things, so the “Find It” cue is allowing them an appropriate way to sniff and explore on cue. After, when the “This Way” cue is given, it requires the dog to check in with the handler.

All in all, a win/win way to teach a dog to walk nicely.


Adding a sit cue throughout a walk is one of the fastest ways to ensure the dog is checking in with their human. A dog who is constantly checking in will be a very polite leash walker. This exercise is simple and begins the moment you are about to put the leash on your dog. Bring the leash out and give the sit cue. Once your dog is sitting politely you may put on the leash. The act of putting on the leash and preparing to take the walk is the reward. Before opening the door also require a sit. Immediately upon exiting the house require a sit. This is important, because at this point your dog is now outdoors, a place where it is more difficult for your dog to focus on you. By requiring a sit, your dog is now able to check in and offer good behaviors. While on the walk stop every 5 feet at first and ask your dog to sit. When they do, be sure to use a verbal marker (“Yes!” or “Good”) and reward. As your dog catches on to what is expected on walks, you can make the times and distance you require a sit more random. You can also vary the rewards, sometimes giving one, four or none. This will keep your dog wanting to work for its reward.

Please keep in mind that your dog is learning a brand new behavior. Be patient and do not get frustrated. Thus far, they have had a lot more practice at this point offering behaviors on a walk that we don’t care for, so it may take a time to learn what us humans expect from our dogs!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Seeking All Pit Bull Terrier Enthusiasts!

Help us display twelve months of beauty, love, devotion and positive pit bull images! Show off your phenomenal pit bull and enter PBRC's People's Choice Pit Bull Calendar online photo contest. Sofa stealers, Frisbee players, hikers, swimmers and dogs out-and-about with friends and families are all encouraged to enter!

Each and every photo submitted will be viewed and enjoyed by thousands -- what a wonderful tribute to the dogs! The 13 most popular photos will be shared in the "People's Choice Pit Bull" calendar, with the top-rated photo gracing the cover.

Your entry fee and the public votes that follow ($1/vote) will help PBRC with our efforts to help pit bulls find loving, responsible homes through our listing and screening services, and to financially assist the people who love these dogs with our spay and neuter fund and financial aid fund for life-saving medical treatment.

Our volunteers work 365 days a year to provide free information that educates the public, encourages responsible dog ownership and helps promote a compassionate world where the positive image of these dogs is restored.

Don't forget to look for PBRC's 2012 Happy Endings Calendar. We will begin accepting pictures June 1, 2011. An annual tradition since 2002, our Happy Endings Calendar is full of accurate breed information, heart-warming rescue stories and 12 months of GREAT color pictures of YOUR rescued pit bulls!