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Friday, July 22, 2005

K9Cast #9

Tara talks about pit bulls and why we are against dog breed bans in a show inspired by a disturbing news story published today: a few weeks ago, two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef’ny Steffan looking for her beloved 4-year-old dog, Xena. Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row. Since May, more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed — an average of more than three a day! What do these dogs have in common? They are all the subject of a dog breed ban on pit bulls! We also answer a listener question on dog training from Jorge :) - Direct link to the show.

Show Notes:

00:00 Intro
00:10 Disturbing News Story
03:00 Our argument against breed bans
-They are ineffective, if all pit bulls are taken away, problem/bans will just shift to a different breed
-Problem is not the breed, problem is irresponsible owners
-Solution: punish the owner's actions, not the dog's breed
07:26 The problem of Pit Bulls vs "Pit Bull Type Dogs"
-Dogs that simply look like a pit bull can be affected by breed bans
-See if YOU can identify the pitbull
12:15 Pit Bulls are a misunderstood breed
-Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown sounds like a blockhead
-UKC Pit Bull breed standard
-Pit Bull breed history
-Pit Bull attack statistics
20:55 Our personal experience with Pit Bulls
-Experience at dog shelters/Personal experience
-Famous pit bulls
--Petey from Little Rascals
--Stubby, the most decorated military service dog in US history
26:18 Listener Question, how to assure your dog does not become dependent on food for training.
29:29 Outro -Spay or neuter your dog, it's the best thing you can do for your furry friend!


At 7/25/2005 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just subscribed to your Podcast and listened to the first episode on breed bans. I agree with you 100%. To ban a breed is to put the stereotype out there that the breed is bad / dangerous. This can happen with any breed and it is sad. Why not punish the people who misuse the dog because of the breed? We become what our environment makes of us, and if the dog is an environment where is is trained to fight or be aggressive, it will be a fighter and aggressive. It's sad that is has to be that way and I feel for the woman who lost her pit bull.
I really enjoyed your show!! Keep up the great work!!

At 7/26/2005 11:20:00 AM, Anonymous Oblivion/Mark said...

As usual, great show guys. Thanks for all of the additional research on this topic.

At 7/26/2005 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Oblivion/Mark said...

Oh, BTW, more than one person has asked if Martini, my cute, loving, stocky, show-bred chocolate lab is a pit bull. It's amazing to think she'd be banned in Denver just for looking like a pit bull. Luckily, I won't be contributing to Denver's economy anytime soon.

At 7/26/2005 10:25:00 PM, Anonymous Tara said...

Thanks for the feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed the show! Hopefully as more people become aware of the drawbacks of breed bans, we will see less of these and instead more owners being held accountable for their dogs' actions, regardless of breed.

Thanks for listening!

At 12/20/2007 01:52:00 PM, Anonymous delta said...

Guess what guys! These dogs considered aggressive or dangerous breeds are also now banned in Military housing. The ban includes. Pitts and pitt mix, Rottwielors, wolf hybrids and on some posts Akitas. I am active duty and am now limited to living off post where ever I go now because I have a docile (never bit or snapped at anyone) Rottweilor) This need to change. I feel for the women who lost her dog, I feel the pain.


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