Shelter Pit Bulls Trained for Canine Detection Dog Work

Pit bulls often get an undeserved bad rap due to misinformed statistics. Animal Farm Foundation has been working since 1985 to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs.

Traditionally Detection Dog work has been reserved for pure bred, purpose bred dogs. But, with so many pit bull and pit bull mix dogs overcrowding our shelters, Animal Farm Foundation hasfound a way to bring these loyal, eager-to-please, hard-working dogs to the work force. Recently they started selecting detection dogs from the Austin Pets Alive! shelters system where they are then trained by Universal K9 in San Antonio, Texas. Once trained for dog detection work, they are placed in police departments around the country at no charge.

Founder of Universal K9, Brad Croft, told Animal Farm Foundation: “I look for dogs who are high drive, confident, and curious. If they’re strongly motivated by toys, that’s a plus. Breed does not dictate a dog’s ability to work.”

So far about 10 pit bull type dogs are working with law enforcement. K9 Libby was recently featured in People Magazine. She went from a dog on death row in the shelter to a Narcotics Detection Dog loving her work. She is known on her Facebook page as being “The World’s Raddest Police Dog.”

Brad also told Animal Farm Foundation that many police departments are still reluctant to accept pit bull dogs as working detection dogs. But, these dogs are making a huge difference in the communities in which they serve.

What do you think about transforming pit bull shelter dogs into dog detection dogs serving their communities? Thanks for adding your thoughts in a comment below.

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96 comments

RuthAnn J.
RuthAnn J2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Munish J.
Munish J2 years ago

It is very good way to save these types of dogs. After proper training, these dogs become heroes in our society and everyone wants to adopt them. There are many dog trainers that give proper training to the dogs. I have also visit on http://dogward.com and find there some dog training books and trainers experience.

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Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege2 years ago

Thank you.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago

noted

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Sheri K.
Sheri K3 years ago

A way to help save the lives of many people who have cancer, not seen by imaging yet!!!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

I still think it's not the breed - it's the owner. The blame rolls down hill and the dog catches it.

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago

Excellent concept.

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago

Danke

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

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